Archive for Regulations and Standards

AGM Minutes 2016

The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2016 AGM are now available to members for viewing here.   Please note members must login before clicking on this link to gain access.

Notice of 2016 AGM

The date for the AGM for 2016 is 28th October, 2016.   As usual the meeting is held at the Secretary's office in England, any members wishing to particpate are able to do so on line through skype.

Full details are available to members when visiting the New Meeting - Members Only Page.   Please remember to login first.

AGM Minutes 2015

The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2015 AGM are now available to members for viewing here.   Please note members must login before clicking on this link to gain access

Notice of AGM 2015

The date for the AGM for 2015 is 13th October, 2015.   As usual the meeting is held at the Secretary's office in England, any members wishing to particpate are able to do so on line through skype.

Full details are available to members when visiting the Members Only Page    Please remember to login first.

AGM Minutes 2014

The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2014 AGM are now available to members for viewing here.   Please note members must login before clicking on this link to gain access.

AGM Voting & Meeting Final Reminder

A reminder to members that the voting for this years AGM closes tomorrow (14th October, 2014) at 18.00 BST (British Time).    The meeting itself takes place 2 hours later on line.  It is essential that any member wishing to take part notifies secretary prior to the meeting in order for the Chairman to call you into the meeting on Skype.

The voting form is updated and simpler to use.   The agenda and voting form are available on this page

The instruction on how the meetings are run are also available from that page or available directly from here.

Members AGM Reminder

A quick reminder that the AGM is taking place on Tuesday 14th October (next week) and that this meeting takes place on line to enable all members to take part if they wish.   Full details are availalbe to member here.   Members, please remember you must be logged in before clicking this link.

Please also remember there is a voting form to complete and that voting takes place prior to the meeting with a cut-off time for voting of 2 hours before the AGM meeting begins on 14th October, 2014 at 20.00pm BST (UK Time).

Notice of AGM 2014

The date for the AGM for 2014 is 14th October, 2014.   As usual the meeting is held at the Secretary's office in England, any members wishing to particpate are able to do so on line through skype.

Full details are available to members when visiting the Members Only Page    Please remember to login first.

Amendments to Ostrich Meat Trading with the EU

The EU published some important amendments relating to ratite meat importation into the EU earlier this year. You can read on line or download the changes that have been made - in your own language here.  The document is entitled: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 166/2014 of 17 February 2014 amending Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards certification requirements for imports into the Union of meat of farmed ratites for human consumption and the entries for Israel and South Africa in the list of third countries or territories.

This is a direct link to the English PDF version, which includes the updated “Model Veterinary Certificate" required for meat of farmed ratites for human consumption (RAT).

Both Israel and South Africa have experienced Avian Influenza outbreaks. The new regulations enable export of meat from approved closed farms. The regulations are extremely strict and designed to minimise risk of infection from the wild bird populations as ratites are farmed outdoors.

Meat from those ostrich farms that are within the 100km range of the coast may not be exported fresh to the EU and must undergo heat treatment prior to exporting.

Purpose of The World Ostrich Association

The founders of the association recognised the need for an association that could provide a forum not only for those investing in the industry but of equal importance those wishing to purchase ostrich products.

An email received by the secretary in September 2011 was questioning why the association has not done more to promote the industry in their country.

A trade association can only actively promote an industry when mandated to do so by the members and funded by those members to provide that promotion within any given area.  Clearly significant funds are required for such promotions.  With our industry as small as it is, such funding is simply not yet available.

The association is mandated to provide standards.  Guideline standards enable our producers to determine if they are achieving commercially acceptable (and viable) standards and our customers can use as guide lines to assess the quality of the products presented to them when purchasing.

The WOA industry standards are generic standards that provide guidelines.  Individual companies operating to best practice can set their standards even higher to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Another question asked by this writer: "Is there any information on the banning of ostrich production on the grounds of welfare and/or conservation".    Some countries including India have been hesitant to licence the importation of ostrich on a commercial scale on welfare grounds.    This concern is generally driven through lack of knowledge and based on factual observations from the history of domesticated ostrich production in many areas, where poor practices have been implemented.  The welfare issues relate to lack of knowledge and poor advice, rather than wilful intent or the ostrich's unsuitability for commercial domestication.   They are in fact a species that is well suited to domestication in many climates provided the management is of adequate standards.

Regarding conservation, Ostrich were under threat of extinction from over hunting for their feathers until they were domesticated around 1820 onwards.   Ostrich are not listed under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), so their products can be traded freely around the world subject to individual country’s veterinary health and trading regulations.