Meatco calls on farmers to slaughter livestock

May 8, 2015, 7:51am

Meatco calls on farmers to slaughter livestock

The rain will not carry farmers through the year, but only for a limited time span, said Meatco CEO, adv. Vekuii Rukoro.

According to Rukoro, a lot of livestock producers cancelled slaughter bookings, and in the months of April and May up to 9500 slaughter bookings were cancelled.

He also questions if whether the quality of the animal will be the same if they are kept for another slot. He adds that Meatco factories in Windhoek and Okahandja are open for farmers to bring their cattle for slaughter “Meatco is geared up to assist producers to meet their demands” he says adding that farmers have opted to cancel the slaughters because of the wakening drought in some areas. “Meatco has incurred additional costs for keeping the Windhoek factory open and recruiting contract workers, which is costly to the company as are just not coming in as anticipated” Rukoro says adding Meatco has re- instated 2015 operations to ease the burden off the shoulders of it’s livestock producers but still they are withholding their animas for slaughter. “Short notice cancellations have severe impacts on efficiencies of Meatco” he says. He also urged producers to honour their contractual agreements with Meatco.