Sappo appoints new chief executive officer

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The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (Sappo) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Peter Evans as its new chief executive officer. 

Chairperson Stephen Butt congratulated Dr Evans and expressed his excitement over the new phase ahead. “Dr Evans is an established and versatile member of the Sappo team and has vast exposure across the global pork value chain. He brings a wealth of experience as a renowned leader in animal health,” says Butt.

Dr Evans grew up in a farming family in the Free State and went on to complete his degree at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science (Onderstepoort). He started his career as a companion animal veterinarian before venturing into pig farming and going on to join CS Vet in Pretoria in 1993. Dr Evans joined Sappo on a part-time basis in 2008, and was pivotal in the development of Pork 360, as well as setting up various interventions to enable the sustainable growth of the industry. 

“Over the years, pig farmers have demonstrated that they are extremely efficient and innovative. This needs to be matched with broad-based collaboration in designing interventions that could mitigate the interrelated biosecurity risks embedded in the South African pig industry. At the centre of the pig industry’s future are value-chain-based partnerships that yield a means to ensure market access, sustainable development, and a conductive trade environment,” says Dr Evans.

He will commence his tenure as CEO of Sappo in September 2023. – Press release, SAPPO

Biosecurity for pig production

The size of investment in a modern piggery is substantial. Typically, this investment ranges from R70 000 to R80 000 per sow space. It is imperative that one protects this investment and ensures a successful return on investment (ROI).

Maintaining a healthy pig population is paramount to optimal production levels, and therefore a rigorous and committed implementation of biosecurity measures is non-negotiable. There are different levels of biosecurity – national, regional and farm level.

Biosecurity of the national herd was placed in the spotlight when two serious pig diseases were identified in the country early in the 21st century. The outbreaks of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in 2004 and classical swine fever (CSF) in 2005 underlined the importance of a high level of biosecurity on farms.

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