Quality oxen procured at permit days

21 October 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

One of the key strategies in securing throughput is to diversify livestock procurement streams.

This is according to Meatco, who said it recently procured 17 slaughter-ready oxen through the on-farm permit day stream for direct slaughter.

It said the average live weight of oxen procured was 615 kg, with the heaviest ox weighing 900 kg. The average slaughter weight for oxen was 315 kg, with an average slaughter percentage of 57%.

Meatco said the heaviest ox had a slaughter weight of 521 kg with a slaughter percentage of 60%.

“There was no rounding off done on these oxen - this was their veld condition.”

Meatco added that, through the same stream, it procured 31 oxen and two fat cows. The average live weight was 554 kg and the average slaughter weight was 275 kg, with an average slaughter percentage of 54%.

It said the livestock procured had a mixture of B and C-grade animals.

Competitive price

According to Meatco’s technical advisor Tjivari Kandjii, the farmers were pleased with the service they received from the company. The buying price was competitive and market-related, the procurement process was fast and efficient and, therefore, farmers chose to market their animals with Meatco.

“Although it was not easy selling their livestock because of the sentimental value that came with rearing these oxen for five to six years, the monetary value derived was valuable,” he added.

According to him, Meatco on-farm permit days are efficient for part-time and weekend farmers because the farmer knows beforehand what price is on offer, which gives them the opportunity to accept or decline the transaction.

The stream is also a good platform to introduce new farmers who are not familiar with Meatco’s marketing streams.

Kandjii urged farmers to contact Meatco’s technical advisors for a farm visit or any enquiries regarding livestock marketing.

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