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CONSUMERS and meat lovers ought to buckle up because the Namibian livestock sector and beef market are anticipated to provide much less beef than anticipated domestically and for export.

Andre Mouton, head of promoting and gross sales at Meatco, shared this with the Namibia Agricultural Union in his outlook for the meat business for 2021.

“The forecast is that only a few slaughter cattle can be accessible this yr,” he mentioned.

He mentioned there can be a alternative about which market to provide, and indicated export revenue must be sacrificed to make sure native provide.

“The precedence on this battle is the native market, so only a few cattle can be accessible for export,” Mouton mentioned.

He mentioned the best problem presently is managing the dearth of productiveness as cost-effectively as attainable.

“Namibia’s scarcity of slaughter cattle is an issue solely to be solved with a long-term imaginative and prescient,” he mentioned.

Mouton mentioned after seven years of drought, farmers have barely managed to maintain their cows alive.

Subsequently, many of the cattle can be younger cattle or outdated cows, and the younger cows would rebuild herds.

Mouton mentioned the principle problem for 2021 is assembly Norway’s quota for the yr.

The requirement is between 20 000 and 22 000 head of cattle “if solely high-value cuts are to be exported,” he mentioned.

At this stage “it seems that the nation doesn’t have greater than 30 000 slaughter cattle accessible,” Mouton mentioned.

Statistics supplied for December 2020 by the Meat Board of Namibia (MBN) indicated {that a} important quantity of marketed livestock had been slaughtered for home or export use, and bought reside or on the hoof.

The statistics confirmed that by the tip of final yr, the nation marketed 219 525 fewer head of cattle, in comparison with the tip of 2019.

The lower in whole cattle marketed was as a consequence of a major discount within the variety of cattle slaughtered for export, which, on the finish 2020, stood at 51 992 solely, in comparison with 129 735 cattle in 2019.

Regardless that the nation’s beef market is nicely diversified Namibia is presently going through difficulties supplying all of them.

FMD OUTBREAK

Other than a small quantity of ready-to-slaughter cattle, the nation has detected one other outbreak of foot-and-mouth illness (FMD).

Consequently, the US Cattlemen’s Affiliation has known as for a right away halt on the importation of beef from Namibia.

The affiliation’s president, Brooke Miller, final week mentioned it wants to make sure excessive well being and security requirements inside the US’ meals provide chain, and slicing off Namibian provides was a part of this.

“The USA has not skilled an outbreak of FMD inside our borders for nearly 100 years, however lately we proceed to recklessly pursue buying and selling relations with nations with identified outbreaks. Congress must make use of its oversight position of the USA Division of Agriculture and its pursuit of importing beef merchandise from nations identified to be contaminated with FMD,” he mentioned.

Namibia’s beef solely reached the USA final yr, following 18 years of negotiations.

TEMPORARY SOLUTION

If there are usually not sufficient slaughter cattle for the native market, Meatco obtains cattle from Botswana.

Mouton mentioned to date this yr, about 900 head of cattle had been imported from the neighbouring nation.

He mentioned the choice plan is to market cattle from the north by means of a quarantine system within the south, or to place them on the world market.