Elundini Maize-Meat Hub and Feedlot Primary Co-Operative
Location: Joe Gqabi District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Nearest Towns/Cities: Maclear, Ugie, Mt. Fletcher
Project Stage: Start of Project /Feasibility
Land Use Categories: Agriculture
Type of Private Sector involvement required: Pupblic-Private Partnership, Equity Partners/Investors, Companies (active in the industry)
The Elundini Maize-Meat Hub and Feedlot Primary Co-Operative Limited is a project situated in Maclear, Elundini Local Municipality. The project is located about 6 km on the R56 from the town of Maclear towards Mount Fletcher.
The total area of the farm identified for this project is about 265 ha of natural grassland and undulating topography, of which the maximum area that is used for the construction of the feedlot (infrastructure) is about 2 ha. This includes pen space, loading ramp, roofing, cattle walking alley, gates, apron, water trough and feeding trough.
The purpose of the maize-meat hub in Elundini Local Municipality is to increase income and employment for beneficiaries by developing the red meat value chain in a region which holds competitive advantage within livestock production. The proposed intervention was made in view of the existing market gaps and situational analysis that recommended a feedlot is setup in the JGDM. Through the project, JoGEDA aims to stimulate the involvement of historically disadvantaged farmers in partnership with commercial farmers in the formal maize and livestock industry in the province.
Significant role players and stakeholders in the agriculture sector have agreed that there would be considerable value in developing a business venture that can involve the different types of communal cattle herds as well as the maize farmers.
The operational plan of the feedlot will deal with all the different processes that take place at the enterprise on a daily basis. A feedlot is an enclosure (confinement, pen or kraal) in which underweight animals are kept and provided with adequate amounts of feed and water until they reach the market ready weight for slaughtering. The main purpose of a feedlot is to achieve maximum growth (average daily gain) with minimum costs (good feed conversion ratio). This is achieved by getting the feed intake as high as possible through the constant provision of good quality feed.
- The purpose of the maize-meat hub in Elundini Local Municipality is to increase income and employment for beneficiaries by developing the red meat value chain in a region which holds competitive advantage within livestock production.
- The project also aims to encourage historically disadvantaged and emerging livestock and maize farmers to effectively participate in the formal maize and red meat farming industry, while linking them to potential markets.
Potential business and investment partners are encouraged to send their details and a brief introduction to the Joe Gqabi Economic Development Agency (JoGEDA):
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