Mutton producers under pressure

20 August 2018 | Agriculture

Ellanie Smit - Sheep marketing in Namibia is confronted by various challenges that are putting the sector in jeopardy in terms of employment creation, retentions and its contribution to the country’s economy.

The Meat Board of Namibia says that given government’s efforts to industrialise and promote value addition, the large price disparities are hampering progress in the sector.

According to the Meat Board, the long term sheep marketing trend shows a gradual reduction in the marketing of sheep. Both live exports and the number of sheep slaughtered at local abattoirs have decreased. The live exports of sheep continue to account for more than half of the total market share of sheep marketed.

“With the reduction of sheep stock in the country, marketing numbers are expected to follow a downward trend given the erratic climatic conditions associated with Namibia and the current sheep marketing arrangements that are in place,” says the Meat Board.

Decreases noted

An 11% decrease can be observed in the sheep marketed in 2018 from January to June this year compared to the same period in 2017. A total of 433 259 sheep were marketed in 2017 compared to the 387 193 marketed in 2018.

During January and June, 241 790 sheep were exported live, accounting for 63% of the market share. The sheep slaughtered at the export abattoirs accounted for 29% at 113 103, while those that were slaughtered at the local abattoirs accounting for 8%, with 32 300 sheep.

The Meat Board added that the price difference of the Namibian A2 sheep prices compared to the Northern Cape prices is increasing month by month. A price difference of -N$9.04/kg between the Namibian A2 sheep price and the Northern Cape price was observed in June this year.

According to the Meat Board, this gap discourages throughput at the Namibian abattoirs. However, due to the 1:1 slaughter to export ratio, abattoirs are able to receive some throughput. High overhead costs, and the price for offal and sheep skin are some of the factors that are cited to affect the price that is offered to Namibian producers by the export abattoirs. Producers are discouraged to market their sheep at export abattoirs due to the increased price gap.

The Meat Board says that export abattoirs will need to become competitive in order to attract quality and a consistent supply of sheep. “Despite all the other contributing factors, price remains the main determinant of marketing both for the producers and the abattoirs.”


Furthermore, deteriorating grazing conditions in some sheep producing regions support the use of the too lean and too small drought marketing arrangement, according to Meat Board. It says there has been an overall increase in the total production of cattle between January and June 2018. But an increase in the availability of weaners in South Africa is expected to further put downward pressure on the price of producers at auctions.

An abattoir opened in Outapi which is a welcomed addition as this will provide a formal market for producers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs), together with the Meatco mobile abattoir.

Year-on-year, a 3 % increase is witnessed in the total production of cattle during January to June. Production increased from 224 127 in 2017 to 230 797 this year.

The increase can be attributed to the increase in the live export of weaners which increased by 8%.


From the total cattle marketed, 66% were live exports, 18% export abattoirs and 16% local abattoirs.

A total of 15 124 cattle were declared to the Meat Board by the registered local abattoirs this year. However, based on the hide purchases, it is estimated that 37 127 cattle were slaughtered at the local abattoirs.

The Meat Board says that limited throughput at export abattoirs continues to hamper the profitability and thus competitiveness of the available export abattoirs. “As more weaners become available in South Africa, the average price for weaners have decreased month-on-month.”

It says the price is also expected to continue on the downward trend. The reduction in price might result in the decrease in the number of weaners exported as the year progresses. Internationally, there is a decrease in the price of beef, most of which is as a result of an increase in production.

Similar News


‘Boer of gee die grond terug’

4 weeks ago - 24 March 2019 | Agriculture

Mangetti • Ileni Nandjato Die hoofveearts van die Noordweste, dr. Kennedy Shoombe, meen Mangetti-landboukundiges moet ophou om hulself boere te noem, en eerder dierewagters vir...

Bush encroached land to be reduced

5 months ago - 19 November 2018 | Agriculture

Namibia aims to reduce bush encroachment on 1.9 million hectares of land within the next two decades. According to environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, this is...

Chamber of Agriculture on the cards

6 months ago - 22 October 2018 | Agriculture

During several congresses held by the agricultural sector recently, it became clear that there is a policy difference between the agriculture sector and government on...

LPO wants testing halt

6 months ago - 15 October 2018 | Agriculture

Ellanie Smit - The Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) wants Namibia to declare itself free from tuberculosis and Brucellosis so that farmers are not submitted to...

Green gardens for life

7 months ago - 10 September 2018 | Agriculture

About 330 000 learners are fed through the national school feeding progam while school gardens serve as a supplement to instil the culture of gardening...

Namibia can eradicate poverty – WFP

7 months ago - 03 September 2018 | Agriculture

Jemima Beukes – In June this year, the World Poverty Clock suggested that Namibia is off track reaching Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 which aims...

Mutton producers under pressure

7 months ago - 27 August 2018 | Agriculture

Ellanie Smit - The Meat Board of Namibia says that given government's efforts to industrialise and promote value addition, large price disparities are hampering progress...

Groot, groter, komkommer

11 months ago - 26 April 2018 | Agriculture

Die Rehoboth Gemeenskapstrust wéét hoe om groente te kweek! Hier is Amanda August, Lizetta Groenewald en Rayvonne van Wyk met hul weeklikse komkommer-oes. Hulle oes...

Taking hands to address food insecurity

1 year - 08 March 2018 | Agriculture

A food security survey covering about 180 000 people in four lower-income neighbourhoods in Windhoek indicated that 77% of households were food insecure. In informal...

Groen goud uit die omgewing

1 year - 27 April 2017 | Agriculture

Mariana BaltSowat 120 km noordoos van Okahandja, in die Hochfeld-omgewing op die plaas Hartebeestteich-Süd, staan boordevol bome wat op die oog af glad nie...

Latest News

Klein dade, groot harte

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Social Issues

Toyota Indongo het verlede week in die vroeë oggendure gaan blikskud , alles ten bate van kanker. Die gesigte getuig dat 'n klein daad almal...

Staalperde in die wilde weste

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Events

Windhoek • Yolanda Nel Van 3 tot 5 Mei behoort die baan aan motorfietsentoesiaste, met die twee-jaarlikse Olifant-wedren op Gobabis wat 'n groot makietie beloof.“Die...

Only unoccupied structures to go

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Infrastructure

Yolanda Nel The bid to remove illegal structures on municipal land only refers to unauthorised incomplete and unoccupied structures. In an effort to clear the...

Asbestos removal project under way

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Environment

Arandis • Leandrea Louw The Walvis Bay municipal council accepted a proposal by Adcon CC to rehabilitate the hazardous waste site and create more space...

The gentleman netball coach

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | People

Walvis Bay • Adolf Kaure Bobsey Kanku Musambani whose coaching has transformed netball at the coast since his introduction to the sport, was born in...

Social entrepreneurs making their mark

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Education

The Red Bull Amaphiko Connect 2019 event took place at the end of March at a warehouse in Windhoek's northern industrial with more than 30...

Say it!

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Opinion

Send your “Erongo” or “WE” SMSs to 51500 (at N$3 each) to have your say. Riverside avenue in Swakop which describes exactly where it is,...

Events calendar

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Currently running• Follow the hidden magic, an exhibition by Anja Nowack, can be viewed at El Barrio in Windhoek until 17 April.• On the Brink,...

Go forth and save!

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Banking

Many graduates can benefit by adopting good money management principles early in their careers to ensure a stable and stress free financial future. “Whether you...

Load More