Recently we discussed comparative growth curves published for ostrich and how they illustrate a lack of will to investigate reasons for potential to improve current performance. When viewed in the backdrop of the Klein Karoo Kooperasie (KKK) wishing to contain production the maintain skins at a high value, the reason becomes clearer.
So was it incompetence by those scientists discussed who reduced the Gompertz growth curve expectations? The following information can enable readers to draw their own conclusions. The following are excerpts from internal reports published by The First National Bank of South Africa (FNB). They were investigations into the industry carried out in 1990, 1993 and 1995 to assess the impact of deregulation on the industry. Remember that until November 1994 farmers’ could only supply the KKK and only the KKK could market ostrich products by law in South Africa.
3 excerpts – one from each report:
Since those reports were published the KKK has changed from a co-operative to a corporation trading under a number of different names best known today as the Klein Karoo Group of Companies.