At the end of July 2020, it was announced that NAMPO ALFA had been cancelled as a live event at NAMPO Park near Bothaville.

Luckily for NAMPO ALFA’s loyal supporters and sponsors, most of its livestock projects will continue online, except for the hunting and outdoor legs of the event, which has been postponed until September 2021.

NAMPO ALFA projects for 2020

According to Albert Loubser, co-organiser of NAMPO ALFA, the new online format will ensure that the projects, sponsors, and participants all receive national attention. The online format will allow the projects to reach more people across the country – making it a genuine national event.

NAMPO ALFA is taking charge and making the best of this opportunity to explore and introduce technology to the livestock industry. The new format is also aligned to the trade show’s philosophy to be a front runner in the use of technology. According to Loubser, NAMPO ALFA’s exploration of technology fits in perfectly with its vision to meaningfully contribute to the industry.

Many of the projects will be pre-recorded and shared on the sponsors’ Facebook pages, the NAMPO ALFA webpage and Agri Gauteng’s YouTube channel. Other events and activities will be streamed live online.

In an exciting twist, various projects will see livestock owners turn into videographers as they use their cell phones to showcase their livestock. Loubser explains that the panel of judges will video call the participants of some events. During these calls, participants will show their animals to the judges, and they in turn can ask the participants to focus on a specific part of the animal again or zoom in on a particular feature.

Some familiar faces

This year’s programme will once again feature projects with which NAMPO ALFA supporters will be familiar, with the small-stock, beef and dairy programmes continuing as usual. Pre-recorded online shows will replace these programmes.

Participants in the various performance championships will each record a WhatsApp video of the animal which is entered into the championship. These videos will be used for judging purposes.

In these programmes, supporters can expect to view familiar projects such as the performance and interbreed championships.

The NAMPO ALFA team is also thrilled to announce that the Red Meat Producers Organisation (RPO) and pig carcass competitions, as well as the Cape Gate Mega Ox Competition, will be going ahead. In the dairy programme, supporters can expect to see the GWK Highveld Dairy Performance Challenge again.

Although there was uncertainty about how the school and student programmes would be affected, Loubser assures that these programmes will continue with informative seminars at the various universities and schools, as well as the first online youth show. The agricultural youth is very important to NAMPO ALFA, and therefore the organisers have decided to do everything in their power to provide learners with this opportunity.

Various workshops and seminars that were held at NAMPO ALFA over the past four years, as well as some new ones, will continue as webinars as part of the agribusiness programme. Look out for our follow-up article in September, where these interesting workshops will be discussed.

The organisers were also excited to announce that the University of the Free State and the South African Feedlot Association (SAFA) will be hosting the successful SAFA Beef Brands Challenge for the second time.

The various auctions that took place at ALFA in the past, are an important element of NAMPO ALFA. This year GWK Veewinkel will present the live online auctions, which will cover numerous breeders and societies, at NAMPO Park. All the carcass auctions will take place as live online auctions.

New additions to the NAMPO ALFA stable

Although all the projects are undoubtedly valuable to the expo and the industry, new projects have been added to the NAMPO ALFA experience.

Among others, NAMPO ALFA welcomes the Zoetis Online Beef Cattle Interbreed Show, the first Barnlab Online Small-stock Show for various breeds, and the QPro Feeds National Small-stock Growth Test, which will be held at Stellenbosch University.

Amid all the planning and preparation for the event, the NAMPO ALFA team has assured the public and those who will attend live online events, that strict COVID-19 measures will be in place for the duration of the activities.

Keep an eye out for September’s article, which will cover the programmes in detail. Meanwhile, be sure to watch a Plaas TV interview with Loubser regarding the steps the NAMPO ALFA team has taken to ensure that the industry can still enjoy its annual dose of NAMPO ALFA fun. – Deidré Louw, Plaas Media

For more information, contact Albert Loubser at 082 562 2188.