Namibia exported more live cattle than beef
Statistics issued by the Meat Board of Namibia show that live exports are taking over beef for the first 5 months of 2021. Until May, Namibia exported 45 623 live animals, while local slaughtering stood at 29 379 head of cattle for both export and local consumption. Also, beef imports have increased during this time.
In the past five months, 9 124 hooved cattle have been exported per month on average, and an average of 5 875 live animals were slaughtered monthly, informs ALL Africa.
Out of the 45 623 live animals exported by May this year, 44 103 (96%) were exported to South Africa and the rest to Angola. South Africa is not only taking up live animals but is also the biggest export destination for Namibian beef, followed by Norway. The country has imported 913 tonnes of beef by the end of May this year - mostly from South Africa, Europe, and Australia.
In terms of exports, the country has sold 1,800 tonnes of beef from the slaughtering of 18 156 head of cattle by the end of May. This is a decrease compared to the 3,300tonnesof beef sold last year from 23 396 head of cattle, the statistics show.
The Meat Board indicates that beef exports has declined by 22,40% year-to-date, while live exports for May this year were 66,80% higher than for May 2020.
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