26 May 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAY (NAMPA) Beef exports to the European Union (EU) and Norwegian markets during the first quarter of 2014 decreased by 48 per cent, according to recent statistics released by the Meat Board of Namibia.
The Meat Board noted that during the first quarter of the year, a total of 1,621 tonnes of chilled and frozen deboned cuts were exported to the EU and Norwegian markets, compared to a total of 2,164 tonnes during the same period in 2013.
Namibias only EU-approved export abattoirs, Meatco (Windhoek and Okahandja plants) and Witvlei Meat reported a total slaughter figure of 16,682 livestock units by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
This figure indicated a decrease by 35.8 6 per cent from a level of 26,008 livestock units as reported in the same period last year.
Of the total number of cattle slaughtered, a total of 91 per cent were slaughtered at the Meatco plant in Windhoek.
The average grades slaughtered were 31.87 per cent for the A-grade and 23.13 per cent for the AB-grade, while the B and C grades accounted for 22.70 per cent and 20.38 per cent, respectively.
The export of cattle to South Africa also decreased by 58 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the same period last year.
A total of 23,741 livestock units were marketed during the first quarter of 2014, compared to 57,030 livestock units during the same period in 2013.
On the total marketing of cattle by the end of the first quarter of 2014, the Meat Board said figures stood at a level of 46,476 livestock units.
The overall performance of cattle marketing decreased by 51.38 per cent compared to cattle marketed by the end of the first quarter of 2013, which stood at 95 588 livestock units.
The marketing of livestock in the first quarter of 2014 was dramatically lower than that of 2013. The main variable which influenced this figure was the good rain experienced from December last year, which caused producers to hold back and gave them a chance to rebuild their stock. This is normal following a drought year in Namibia, the Meat Board added.