By Hilary Mare
MEATCO is currently carrying out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) in Kombat, with the view of establishing a new feedlot in the area, the parastatal’s Senior Feedlot Manager, Andries Binneman, has revealed.
Binneman, who was bullish about the prospects of a new feedlot, highlighted that this would create marketing opportunities for producers from Otavi and Grootfontein.
Elaborating on Meatco’s unfolding feedlot strategy, Binneman also noted that the development of its second feedlot, Annasruh, which is located 4km north of Gobabis, and which serves the communal and commercial farming communities of Omaheke, is progressing well.
He said the target is to accommodate 4 000 animals by the end of the year, including the storage of communal cattle.
“With sorting stations currently accommodating between 600 and 800 animals, the total standing cattle by the end of 2017 is projected to be 4 000. This will allow farmers to raise their weaners to long weaners (of between 250kg and 300kg) that can be sold to Meatco, rather than being forced to market their animals on the hoof to South Africa, under increasingly difficult export conditions,” he said.
Currently, the Meatco Okapuka Feedlot has a standing capacity of 9 000 cattle. The animals are kept and fed for 90 days, before slaughter.
With regard to Annasruh, Meatco highlighted earlier this year that the first six feeding pens had been completed. By the end of January, Meatco had hosted a site visit for contractors, who are interested in the concrete work to be carried out at the feedlot.
The company had also indicated that Gobabis-based Henco Engineering had begun with the construction of the offloading ramp and processing pens.
By the end of 2016, Meatco sourced 1 464 head of cattle from communal producers at the facility, which were scheduled for slaughter during 2016 and in January 2017. Currently there are 697 cattle standing at the Annasruh Feedlot, purchased by Meatco’s communal technical advisors.
Meatco is expected to start offloading the first round of weaners imminently, after the completion of the feeding pens that will replace the temporary feeding plant, currently in use.
Once phase one is complete, 12 feeding pens will be constructed at Annasruh.
Through Meatco’s backwards integration initiatives, the company will seek to tighten its grip on a third feedlot at Kombat, in the Otjozondjupa region.
“Meatco will continue to invest in developing feedlots and support local weaner producers, to ensure better returns for our farmers/producers,” Binneman added.
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