The newly selected board. In the back from left is Wouter De Wet, chairperson, RCL Foods, Michael Schmitz, Meadow Feeds, Heiko Köster, Barnlab, Alwyn Barnard, Nutri Feeds, De Wet Boshoff , executive director, AFMA. In the fron from left is Thinus van Lill, vice-chairperson, Quantum Foods, Sharlene Moodley, De Heus, Dr Hinner Köste, Barnlab, Anina Hunter, AFGRI Animal Feeds, Dr Mbusi Dlamini, RCL Foods and Willem Stander, Meadow Feeds.

The Animal Feed Manufacturers Association’s (AFMA) 71st annual general meeting (AGM) was hosted on 7 September in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.  Almost 100 leaders and decision makers representing over 30 feed manufacturing and related companies convened at this event.

The presentation of the AFMA chairman’s report is a highlight at each AGM. Outgoing chairman, Loutjie Dunn said during a period of dramatic change in business and the regulatory environment, AFMA has been proactive in its planning, and would be ready to accommodate non-traditional industry role-players who were not formerly part of AFMA’s membership scope.  These include members of the self-mixing fraternity such as feedlots, pig feed and dairy feed on farm mixers, and unaffiliated feed manufacturers.

Delegates attending the AGM included CEOs, senior executives and board members of the major South African feed and food manufacturing companies, such as compound feed manufacturers, premix manufacturers, additive suppliers, raw material manufacturers, raw material traders, veterinary suppliers, laboratories and service providers.

At the AGM, Wouter de Wet, business unit director – Animal Feeds of RCL Foods was elected as the new chairperson of AFMA, while Thinus van Lill, executive: Feed Business of Quantum Foods was elected deputy chairperson. Other board members are Sharlene Moodley , De Heus; Willem Stander, Meadow Feeds; Alwyn Barnard, Nutri Feeds; Dr. Mbusi Dlamini, RCL Foods; Mark Manley, Sovereign Foods; Heiko Köster, Barnlab; Anina Hunter, AFGRI Animal Feeds and Dr. Hinner Köster, Barnlab.

Outgoing chairperson, Loutjie Dunn from Nutri Feeds presented the Barney van Niekerk / AFMA Technical Person of the Year award to David Brand from Feed First.

The programme also offered two presentations. Rob Sheffer, chief operating officer at Zinpro, USA centred his presentation on the world after 2050 with its demographic challenges and the different options to take regarding these challenges. He further expanded on the elements required to create an enabling environment to meet these challenges. The other presentation was by Joe Hanekom, managing director at Afri Compliance, which assists the industry with marketing monitoring and market protection services, as well as risk and compliance services, who shared some recent experiences. He said: “The past year was a very successful year in our actions deployed in the integrated poultry and feed manufacturing industries where a large number of culprits were apprehended and stopped from continuing with their import malpractices which, if left undetected, could destabilise the whole industry.”

The well attended networking opportunities included a welcome function on the evening of 6 September and a closing dinner the following evening. –Press release