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Meatco Foundation unveils first Annual Report 23 September 2016
The Meatco Foundation – the company’s Corporate Social Investment initiative – published its first annual report since its establishment on 31 August 2016. The foundation was set up in April 2011 in line with Meatco’s aim of improving and supporting the socio-economic development of rural Namibian communities that depend on livestock farming. The 2015/16 review […]


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Water Advisory Council members appointed 23 September 2016
In September this year the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) John Mutorwa, announced the establishment of an 11-member Water Advisory Council (WAC). He also announced that a notice would be advertised in local media inviting interested persons seeking membership to apply for the five positions availed to the public. Meatco’s Senior Manager: Stakeholder […]


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FIRST CONSIGNMENT OFF TO HONG KONG 23 September 2016
After receiving approval to start exports to Asian markets in May, Meatco shipped the first container destined for Hong Kong on 22 September 2016. According to Marketing and Sales Executive Cyprianus Khaiseb, Hong Kong is an alternate market for Namibian beef. Namibia produces about 60 000 metric tons of beef products per year. Of this, […]


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Status Quo on Meatco Okapuka Feedlot 23 September 2016
DVS Actions: On Friday, 2 September 2016 at 16h30, Meatco was informed in writing that DVS has closed the feedlot due to zeranol detected in a urine sample taken on 4 April 2016 (see Appendix A). The letter stated that Meatco’s Feedlot is committing a “violation/repeat infringement” due to zeranol being detected twice within a […]


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Notice: Feedlot discussed at Board level 16 September 2016
Meatco Board Chairperson Dr Martha Namundjebu-Tilahun would like to assure Namibian producers and all African and European markets that there is no need for panic after Zeranol was detected in cattle at Meatco’s Okapuka Feedlot. “The situation is under control and the incident was discussed in detail at a Meatco Board meeting as well as […]


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Meatco creates networking platform at Okakarara Trade Fair 16 September 2016
The annual Okakarara Trade Fair celebrated a decade this year with Meatco hosting a livestock exhibitors’ evening aimed at interacting stakeholders, farmers and prospective Meatco producers at the event. The evening was held especially for farmers as they continuously put their trust in Meatco and the meat industry as a whole. During the course of […]


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Exports to the USA ready to start 16 September 2016
12 September 2016 marked the implementation date when Namibia could start exporting meat to the USA.   Meatco began the application process to export meat to that market in 2002 when government requested approval to export meat (beef) products to the United States. Namibia stated that, if approved, its immediate intent was to export boneless […]


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Cannery and Tannery operations running smoothly 16 September 2016
2016 has been a fairly busy yet productive year for Meatco’s Canning and Tanning operations, with both having to process a healthy amount of products. The canning plant in particular has produced 8.4 million cans for the year-to-date (YTD), with sales quantities reaching 8.2 million cans. This effectively translates into N$1 638 465 YTD profits. […]


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A healthy workforce ensures healthy production 16 September 2016
The annual medical examination for Tannery personnel took place from 12 to 14 September 2016 at the Meatco factory clinic and was conducted by an occupational health practitioner. Meatco understands that employee health and wellbeing influence whether people work at their peak. This is an important success factor for both individual and organisational performance. According […]


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Mobile Slaughter Unit doing well 16 September 2016
Meatco’s Mobile Slaughter Unit (MSU) started operating at Mutambo Ribebe quarantine camp on 18 August 2016. The number of cattle slaughtered thus far is 115 for the period 18 August – 2 September 2016. The average slaughter weight of the animals slaughtered, was 207.08 kg while the average live weight was 207.08 kg. On Average […]


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Water sector support project 9 September 2016
Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has been working on resolutions for hydrological extremes such as floods and droughts that are a common occurrence in Namibia, by implementing a road map following UNESCO’s expertise mission in 2011. The Minister of […]


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Meatco explains new business model to NCA farmers 9 September 2016
Meatco Namibia kicked off the second round of communal Farmers Liaison Meetings (FLMs) in Eenhana, Uutapi and Ongwediva from 29 August to 1 September 2016. The purpose of FMLs is to engage with farmers north of the veterinary cordon fence (VCF) about Meatco’s operations and to share information regarding the new business model, particularly the […]


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Meatco feeds vulnerable children in northern Namibia 9 September 2016
As part of its corporate responsibility, Meatco donated food to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) at Uutapi and Ongwediva in northern Namibia on 30 and 31 August 2016. Children at the Sam Nujoma multi-purpose centre in Ongwediva (Oshana Region) and Uutapi orphanage (Omusati Region) received donations that comprised a healthy warm plate of food and […]


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MEATCO CEO RECOGNISED FOR LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATION 2 September 2016
  The Chief Executive Officer of Meatco, Adv. Vekuii Rukoro was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Namibian Employers’ Federation (NEF) on 1 September 2016. The certificate that serves as a token of indebtedness for his presidency of the NEF board from 2007 to 2016 was handed over to the CEO at Meatco Head […]


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MEATCO AWARDED REMAINDER OF NORWAY BEEF EXPORT QUOTA 2 September 2016
The Meat Board of Namibia has reallocated the remaining unused Norway quota to Meatco. In its official communication to Meatco, the Meat Board said, “In accordance with the authorization of the Meat Board, Meatco is granted an additional Norway export quota of 400 tonnes”. Meatco welcomes this reallocation of as we are best positioned to […]


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Indonesian delegation tours Meatco’s Windhoek Abattoir 29 August 2016
High-ranking diplomats from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia officially visited Meatco’s Windhoek Abattoir on 23 August 2016 to familiarise themselves with the business and its foreign trade channels. The visit highlighted possible future business prospects between the two countries, since imports from countries like New Zealand and Australia cannot provide enough meat for […]


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Meatco pays courtesy call to governor 19 August 2016
Meatco Namibia recently paid a courtesy call to the governor of the Otjozondjupa Region as well as regional and town council members to discuss projects in the region and gain their favour for the construction of a Meatco feedlot at Kombat. According to Meatco senior manager: stakeholder relations Lapitomhinda Hashingola, the meeting served as a […]


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Farmers empowered at Coblenz and Okakarara FLMs 19 August 2016
Meatco kicked off the Communal Farmers Liaison Meetings (FLMs) for the year in Coblenz on 15 August and in Okakarara on 16 August 2016. FLMs are one of the ways in which the corporation engages with farmers on a personal level to ensure that both parties are working towards a common goal and vision in […]


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Meatco invests in Omaheke and Otjozondjupa communities 19 August 2016
The Meatco Foundation and Unil from Norway undertook an inspection and assessment visit to the Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions from 9 – 11 August 2016 to show the latter what work the foundation and community members have accomplished. Water in Otjozondjupa Seventy-five households in the Peke-Peke area near Gam in the Otjozondjupa Region will benefit […]


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Meatco attends 8th Heads of Missions Conference 19 August 2016
Current and former Heads of Missions attended a conference at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) in Windhoek on 11 August 2016, and Meatco was present. The conference, which was attended by 32 High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Consuls under the theme “Enhancing Economic Diplomacy for Prosperity”, saw Meatco engaging as a significant […]


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Positive outcome from special members meeting 19 August 2016
The chairperson of the Board postponed the Meatco special members’ meeting that was scheduled to take place on Friday, 12 August 2016 until further notice about an hour before the meeting was set to start. While the nomination process was set in motion by the line Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on 4 July, […]


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Fourth contract signing period 12 August 2016
The signing of Delivery Agreements for the fourth contact period that began on 1 August will run until 31 August 2016. Therefore, we would like remind our producers to sign a delivery contract agreement with Meatco as soon as possible. Producers who sign a delivery contract with Meatco receive a guaranteed slaughter space for the […]


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Notice: Meatco special members meeting scheduled for 12 August 2016 5 August 2016
Hereby all producers are informed that the nominations for new directors to serve on the Meatco Board ends today, 5 August 2016. The special members’ meeting to vote for the new Meatco Board will be held at 09:00 at the Wanderers Sport Club in Windhoek on 12 August 2016. All Meatco members are urged to […]


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Notice: Second period contract premium payout and fourth contract signing period 5 August 2016
For the second contract period in 2016, which stretched from April to June, the total contract premiums paid to producers amounted to N$13.3 million. The signing of Delivery Agreements for the fourth contact period that began on 1 August will run until 31 August 2016. Therefore, we would like remind our producers to sign a […]


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Mobile abattoir impresses at first test slaughter 5 August 2016
Meatco successfully ran the first test slaughter of the Mobile Slaughter Unit (MSU) on 3 August 2016 at the Okapuka feedlot. The test slaughter was the first opportunity to see the unit in action for both producers and Meatco staff before it being deployed to the Northern Communal Area (NCA) once all the necessary arrangements […]


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Water saving targets met 5 August 2016
Meatco Namibia is constantly adapting to meet the City of Windhoek’s proposed water saving targets. According to Meatco’s Maintenance planner, Manneckey Khoe-Aob, the company is taking the necessary steps to reduce water use on a continuous basis, while still complying with EU hygiene regulations without compromising on production capacity and quality. The table below illustrates […]


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MSU arrives in Windhoek 29 July 2016
MSU arrives in Windhoek Meatco’s Mobile Slaughter Unit (MSU) is tailored to the unique circumstances of our communal producers in the NCA and aims to bring slaughtering services closer to farmers in that area. In this way, Meatco continues to maintain its statutory obligation as prescribed by the Act while addressing operational losses that have […]


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Global markets trends and their effect on Meatco 29 July 2016
The prevailing subdued global economic climate and the unstable markets for trading worldwide in 2015/16, contributed to the difficulties felt by Meatco. Despite these challenges, Meatco prides itself in maintaining stable and sustainable producer prices. According to Chief Financial Officer Ingo Schnieder, Meatco producers have been witness to an uncommon trend in producer prices that […]


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Causes, effects and prevention of Beef Measles 29 July 2016
Beef measles (Cysticercus bovis) are grounds for concern in the livestock production industry because it causes a loss in foreign markets like the EU that does not accept affected meat. It is an essential food safety issue and its economic effects on the industry could be huge. Beef measles are fluid-filled cysts that contain a […]


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Fanie Oosthuizen appointed co-opted Board Member 22 July 2016
Born in 1971, Stefanus J. Oosthuizen – better known as Fanie – began farming in 2000 and delivered his first load to Meatco in 2002. At the AGM held on 24 June 2016, Oosthuizen was elected as a co-opted member on the Meatco Board of Directors, to represent the interests of commercial farmers. Having studied […]


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Meet Meatco’s new CFO 22 July 2016
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ingo Schneider as Chief Financial Officer of Meatco, effective 1 July 2016. In his new position, Ingo’s focus areas include Finance and Information Technology. He is a member of Meatco’s management team and reports directly to Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, CEO of Meatco Namibia. Married to Vanessa and […]


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Meatco gets ready to start export to the USA 22 July 2016
Following Meatco being added to the Federal Register on 13 July 2016 for approval by the Food Safety and Inspection Services of the United States’ Department of Agriculture (FSIS-USDA), we can now officially export to that country. The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) began with the application process almost six years ago and now we […]


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Meatco Foundation ploughs back into Kunene Region 22 July 2016
On 12 July the Meatco Foundation, Meatco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vehicle, embarked on a journey to the Kunene Region to demonstrate to the Board of Trustees what the foundation along with community members, has carried out over the past three years. While in the Kunene Region, the foundation also held a Board of Trustees […]


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Current status of Annasruh 22 July 2016
The Meatco backwards integration strategies put in place to secure consistent throughput for slaughter, continues to take shape as good progress is being made at the Annasruh feedlot near Gobabis. Meatco has been undertaking assessments and following all legal requirements to get the go-ahead for the feedlot there. We have also received an Environmental Impact […]


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Meatco Okahandja’s current status 22 July 2016
Producers are hereby informed that due to the low influx of cattle and the current water crisis Namibia is facing, Meatco’s abattoir in Okahandja has been temporarily closed. The abattoir will remain closed until a time when the situation changes or improves. The closure is one of the measures Meatco has taken to maximise returns […]


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Notice: Second period payment & third contract period signing 15 July 2016
The second contract period came to an end in June 2016 and the Livestock Procurement Department would like to inform producers that payment for this period will be made by the end of July. According to the Coordinator of Producer Services, Koos Claassens, producers can deliver cattle to Meatco without an agreement, but that they […]


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Meatco hosts numerous factory visits 15 July 2016
As Namibia’s leading meat processing and marketing entity, Meatco provides various platforms for engagement between stakeholders, which includes factory visits that enhance business opportunities by showcasing our operations. In the past two months, Meatco has had four factory visits ranging from low to high level guests. On 10 May 2016, a delegation from the National […]


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Meatco’s exports to new markets – current status 8 July 2016
Meatco has finally received approval from China to start beef exports to that country, following negotiations on the types of meat that can be exported, market trends and the storage requirement for shipping to Asia. The ball is now in Meatco’s court in terms of when and how much Namibian beef will be exported to […]


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Producers urged to work together in challenging times 8 July 2016
Reinie Rusch, who served as Chairman of the Board from 1988 to 2001, shared some words of advice with Meatco members at the recent AGM. “Meatco was established to cater for the needs of producers by bringing factories from across the country together as one organisation. A challenge early on was to convince producers to […]


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Minister Mutorwa and NCA farmers welcome MSU 8 July 2016
The recently held Meatco Annual General Meeting (AGM) was graced by the presence of Honorable John Mutorwa, the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) for the first time. He informed those in attendance that government fully supports Meatco’s new business model in the NCA and is certain it will be successful once fully operational. […]


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Meatco still evolving after 30 years 1 July 2016
Meatco’s 30th Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 24 June 2016. The good news is that the corporation continues to make great strides even under difficult circumstances. The producers’ persistence over the past 30 years despite numerous droughts and other challenges continues to allow Meatco to seek out lucrative markets in order to pay […]


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MEATCO STILL GOING STRONG AFTER 30 YEARS OF EXISTENCE 27 June 2016
MEDIA RELEASE On 24 June 2016, Meatco held its 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Wanderers Sports Club in Pionierspark, Windhoek at 09h00, amidst challenges such as drought, policy transformation and animal disease hampering the industry. Addressing the producers at Meatco’s 30th AGM, Meatco Board Chairperson Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun highlighted that the corporation continues […]


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Meatco to re-strategise following import suspension from SA 17 June 2016
On 7 June 2016, the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) placed a suspension on the import of live cattle, bone-in beef and innards into the country. This has left the Namibian meat industry with no other choice but to re-strategise about how to supply the local […]


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Meatco’s IT department focus on customer service 10 June 2016
Whether your customers are external companies or internal (other employees), every department in Meatco has to make an effort to improve their level of service. The quest for service excellence prompted Meatco’s IT department, under the management of Louis Becker, to seek out training intervention. The entire department of 19 employees, including management, spent a […]


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Meatco donates fully equipped food trailer to Lebensschule in Rehoboth 10 June 2016
The Meatco Foundation handed over a fully equipped food trailer to the Lebensschule Centre for Children with Disabilities in Rehoboth last Friday. The foundation’s chairperson Clara Bohitile, handed the key to Lebensschule’s founder, Kathy Hampe. Deputy Minister in the Presidency hon. Alexia Manombe-Ncube, the Director of Education in the Hardap Region Mr. George Dax, the […]


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Meatco supports water conservation 3 June 2016
Meatco understands the value of water to sustain all forms of life. Fresh potable water particularly is essential to human survival. However, it is not a limitless resource and without conservation the vital supply of water may be exhausted. Recognising the economic benefits conservation holds, Meatco places emphasis on smart water management, not only through […]


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Corporate Affairs team dazzles judges with their hospitality at NAU Braai 3 June 2016
The NAU Agri-Braai – previously known as the Meatco National Braai – took place at the Reit Club in Okahandja on 27 and 28 May 2016 and was hosted by the Okahandja Farmers’ Association (FA). The event attracted crowds from all corners of the country as participants, spectators and guests came together to enjoy fantastic […]


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Medical quality standards for Meatco Clinic 3 June 2016
Meatco clinic recently joined the PharmAccess Foundation’s SafeCare program to provide employees with quality services. SafeCare has introduced basic standards to provide public and private health facilities with independent quality assessments. These standards are designed to help bring healthcare quality and patient safety to new levels. The SafeCare standards are accredited by the International Society […]


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Notice: Delivering animals to Meatco 27 May 2016
1. Offloading times Producers are reminded of the cut-off time for offloading is 17:00. Should there be late arrivals due to unforeseen circumstances; producers must inform the contact person/s at their Meatco Service Office in advance to arrange accordingly. 2. Slaughter cancellations Any slaughter cancellations should be done at least eight days prior to the […]


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Cattle returned to farms: a loss for Producers and Meatco 27 May 2016
The number of cattle sent back to their farm of origin due to invalid or missing documentation has been on the increase since the beginning of 2016. This can damage Meatco’s status as an export abattoir because important requirements that must be met at delivery fall short. Consequently Meatco encourages producers and transporters to adhere […]


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NOTICE: MEATCO ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 24 JUNE 2016 20 May 2016
As per Section 14 (8) of Meatco Act 1 of 2001, notice is hereby given to all registered members of the Meat Corporation of Namibia, that the 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday, 24 June 2016 at 09:00 at the Wanderers Sports Club in Windhoek. Date: Friday, 24 June 2016 Time: […]


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Meatco Okapuka Feedlot resumes business 20 May 2016
Following investigations, including the collection of urine and feed samples, the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) has lifted restrictions at the Okapuka Feedlot, pending the outcome laboratory tests. This comes after DVS placed the feedlot under quarantine early in April following a routine quarterly sampling in which the presence of Zeranol was found. This substance […]


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Co-opted Board Member Appointed 13 May 2016
Mr. Edwin Dennis Beukes has been appointed as a Co-Opted Board Member of the Meatco Board. His appointment is effective as from 9 March 2016 to 3 October 2016, when the term of the current Meatco Board Members also comes to an end. Mr. Edwin D. Beukes Mr. Beukes holds a Masters degree in Business […]


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Status of exports to China 6 May 2016
The Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) of the People’s Republic of China sent a delegation to Namibia for an on-site evaluation of the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) from 22 to 26 January 2016, following our application to export beef products to that country. Based on feedback received from the CNCA, there were a few […]


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Roads Authority responds to farmers request for Brakwater weighbridge exemption 29 April 2016
As from 21 April 2016, all animal-carrying trucks are exempt from daily weighing at the Brakwater weighbridge on condition that operators ensure their vehicles are operated and loaded within the boundaries of the law. This means cattle transporters may pass the Brakwater weighbridge without weighing their trucks. This move comes after farmers requested Roads Authority […]


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Standard Operating Procedures at Permit Days 29 April 2016
Meatco regularly conducts Assembly or Permit Days in communal areas. This involves farmers bringing their cattle to a central point to be auctioned off and where they receive cash then and there for the animals sold. However, there is procedures that farmers and Meatco must follow before and on these Permit Days. An agreement must […]


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Meatco uses only 1.29% of Windhoek’s water every year 22 April 2016
Dam levels are reaching critically low levels and the City of Windhoek has warned residents to reduce their water consumption by at least 30%. Meatco has taken the initiative of setting up a proactive water committee that gives staff guidelines on effective water use, Windhoek Plant Manager Clarence Zamuee said. “It is vital to keep […]


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Meatco engages farmers in first round of Liaison Meetings 22 April 2016
Topics discussed at the FLMs: 1. Temporary Closure of Okapuka Feedlot 2. Latest Developments on Meatco Ownership 3. Water Crisis and Okahandja’s Temporary Closure 4. Meatco Contract 5. Animal Grading 6. Meatco Prices 7. Status and background of Annasruh Feedlot 8. Meatco’s Future in the Northern Communal Area


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Future food scientists visit Meatco 18 April 2016
A delegation of Food and Science technology 3rd year students from the University of Namibia visited the Meatco Windhoek Factory on Thursday 14 April as part of an exposure tour to one of Namibia’s leading food processing plants. The excursion sought to teach students the competencies they need for real-world success. Although the real world […]


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Communal Producer of the Year receives Simmentaler bull worth N$35 000 18 April 2016
More commonly known as the secretary-general of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Job Muniaro became Meatco’s first communal Producer of the Year. As the first Communal Producer of the Year, Job received a Simmentaler bull worth N$35 000 from Meatco. The bull was handed over to him on Friday, 8 April 2016 at […]


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Meatco Bursary Scheme 18 April 2016
As a responsible corporate citizen, Meatco has again allocated funds to support students in their studies in the form of 100% bursaries. These bursary holders also have the opportunity of hands-on work-related experience in the form of internships at Meatco before they start working back their bursaries in full-time positions at Meatco. Bursaries were advertised […]


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Tasting the future 11 April 2016
Canning recently held a “blind tasting” to get feedback from consumers on how best to improve product taste and ultimately produce the best quality canned goods. Meatco’s brands in many of our markets are household names that are trusted and respected by our established customer base. Meatco Namibia’s canned foods help bring nutritional diversity to […]


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Meatco guarantees quality at all times 1 April 2016
Meatco constantly strives to meet the demands of a changing and competitive market. Yet one thing remains consistent throughout, and that is ensuring that the highest quality product is delivered to clients by following world-class processes and adhering to strict food safety and hygiene practices. Meat brands processed at Meatco go through various certification entities […]


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Notice: Reminder on 90/40 day validity 24 March 2016
Producers are reminded that the 90/40 day rule applies to the delivery date and not the slaughter date. “Producers may only deliver cattle to Meatco if the 90/40 day status on day of movement is complete. Anything less and the cattle do not qualify for 90 days and can only be slaughtered for the local […]


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Farmer Liaison Meetings for Meatco producers 24 March 2016
Meatco will once again commence with its Farmers Liaison Meetings (FLMs) for Commercial and Communal Producers this year. The meetings are held by Meatco’s Livestock Procurement department with the aim of interacting with producers at grass-roots level. The first FLM for Meatco’s commercial producers will be held in Gobabis on 19 April 2016 at Goba […]


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Notice: No truck washing at Okahandja Abattoir 22 March 2016
Producers and transporters are reminded that the Okahandja Abattoir has closed all operations for the year. Also, due to the water shortage experienced countrywide, Meatco is taking the initiative to save and use water sparingly. “In this respect, water use has been limited or stopped completely with immediate effect and therefore no trucks may be […]


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Delegation from NCA visits Meatco’s Windhoek Factory 22 March 2016
On 10 March 2016 cooperatives from the Northern Communal Area (NCA) visited the Windhoek Abattoir with the aim of taking home ways in which farmers there can also enjoy the benefits of slaughtering with Meatco. The idea behind the visit was to enhance farmers’ perspective on how Meatco grades and prices slaughtered animals, the type […]


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Three PMR Diamond Arrow Awards for Meatco 17 March 2016
The 2016 Professional Management Review (PMR) Africa Awards were held on Monday 14 March 2016 at Safari Court Hotel and Casino in Windhoek. The purpose of the PMR awards is to create a global and unique marketing tool for companies, departments or institutions. These awards also enhance excellence in a specific industry and set a […]


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Producer of the Year Winner Celebratory speech 17 March 2016
“Honourable Minister Master of Ceremonies Dear Ms Namundjebo-Tilahun (Vorsitzende) Adv. Rukoro Ladies and Gentlemen First let me express my heartfelt gratitude for honouring me with the prize as Producer of the year. Who knows me, knows that I am not a person who strives for awards but it is of course a big honour for […]


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Meatco CEO urges Producers to honour their delivery agreements 7 March 2016
While the beef industry provides food and a livelihood to thousands of people, disruptions within supply chains can have a significant impact on the company’s profit, leading to a domino effect in all aspects of the business. Executive for Marketing and Sales Cyprianus Khaiseb, says that Meatco has a production schedule in place to manage […]


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Comprehensive Health Management Services and Outreach Project 26 February 2016
Through the Meatco Foundation and with the support of the Namibia Employers Federation (NEF) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), Meatco launched the Comprehensive Health Management Services and Outreach Project at the Windhoek factory on 26 February 2016. In its earliest form, Meatco established a clinic at the Windhoek factory in 1990 to enhance food […]


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Meatco partners with Hollard for POYA 19 February 2016
Meatco is pleased to announce the recent signing of a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Hollard Insurance Namibia. The agreement entails a sponsorship of N$150 000 per year towards the annual Meatco producer awards for an initial 3-year period (2016-2018). Meatco’s annual Producer of the Year Awards (POYA) is a remarkable and unique event, and we […]


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MEATCO NATIONAL BRAAI BECOMES NAU’S NATIONAL EVENT 19 February 2016
The annual Meatco National Braai will be held under the auspices of National Agriculture Union (NAU) this year, following consultations between the two parties. A decision was made to hand the popular event back to the NAU, with the union as main sponsor and organiser. The competition initially began as the Inter Farmers’ Association Braai […]


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Meatco’s new business model for the NCAs 19 February 2016
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) is about to launch a new business model for its operations in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) aimed at providing better and more cost efficient services to communal producers. This business model is Meatco’s new strategic approach to curb the recent operational losses of close to N$43 million in […]


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DSC_0001 Media Day at Okapuka Feedlot 2 December 2015
Meatco recently hosted the media day at the Okapuka Feedlot under the theme of Backward Integration Excursion. The event took place on Thursday 25th November 2015, where journalists from the different media houses were treated to a tour at the Okapuka Feedlot 20km outside Windhoek. The idea behind the media day is to enlighten journalists […]


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Meatco Logo One Africa interviews Meatco as the overall winner in the DBN Large Enterprise Category 30 October 2015
by: Robert Scott — Following veterinary restrictions imposed by South Africa on the import of weaners, the Namibian beef production sector was in need of help. To address the shortcoming of weaner production as a major agriculture activity, Meatco received financing to add value to beef by purchasing weaners from farmers and raising them to […]


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Ron Wood Parliament and Home Affairs visit Meatco 30 October 2015
Meatco welcomed the Parliamentary Committee on Economics and Public Administration to the Okahandja abattoir on 26 October 2015. On the same day, Meatco also welcomed the Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs and his work permit delegation to be present at Ron Wood’s farewell. The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Economics and Public Administration Hon. […]


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Sandveld Kids Livestock procurement hands over to Sandveld Kindergarden 23 October 2015
As part of the Staff Social Project (SSP), the Livestock Procurement Department in conjunction with the Meatco Foundation embarked on a campaign to build a playground for the Sandveld Kindergarten at Drimiopsis. In addition, Livestock Procurement donated stationary, groceries and toys to make a positive impact on the lives of these children. The Livestock Procurement […]


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DSC_7104 How effective is the VCF in controlling animal movements 23 October 2015
The establishment of the veterinary cordon fence (VCF) in the 1960s was solely to protect cattle against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) stemming from buffalo. However, since then the number of diseases that can potentially affect cattle and now have to be considered as veterinary control issues, have increased. Consequently, today these fences are used for controlling […]


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save-water-hand Saving water remains a priority 23 October 2015
Since Meatco realises the importance of saving water, the corporation has saved 30% of water since 2011 and other initiatives are in place to save even more. To survive the current water crisis, residents and businesses in Windhoek have to save up to 25% of water every day. If Namibians do not use water sparingly, […]


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Cows Feedlot Beef producer prices to be seen in perspective 16 October 2015
This article aims to provide context and substance around the debate and the impact of the exchange rate on producer prices. We also refer to an article published in the New Era of 7 October 2015, with the heading “N$5 billion livestock industry needs bigger chunk of budget”. In the article the Chairman of the […]


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vegetarianism-water-shortage-2 The economic effects of a water shortage on the meat industry 16 October 2015
The current drought and water shortage experienced across Namibia paints a rather distressing picture for the livestock industry. Specialists, media houses and economists are all wary about our current bulk water supply. According to NamWater, Namibia’s bulk water supplier, water reserves as they currently stand will only last until September 2016 if there is no […]


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The Development Bank of Namibia showcased the best of large enterprise from among its clients at the 2015 Good Business and Innovation Awards on Wednesday, 7 October 2015. Meatco was selected as the Best Large Enterprise for stabilisation of cattle exports through feedlots and meat processing.
LTR: Adv. Vekuii Rukoro (CEO of Meatco), Acting DBN Chairperson Muetulamba Shingenge-Haipinge, and Hon. Engel Nawatiseb (Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises) Meatco is recognised at the large enterprise of the year 9 October 2015
Meatco was the overall winner in the Large Enterprise category at The Good Business and Innovation Awards of the Development Bank of Namibia held on 07 October 2015. The Good Business Award showcases the best enterprises financed by the Bank and their impact on development. It also serves as a showcase for what Namibian enterprises […]


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Meatco response to an article carried by The Namibian newspaper titled, “Meatco Deputy Chair, CFO resigns” as published on 29 September 9 October 2015
The purpose of this media response is to provide more factual information to some of the issues mentioned in the article. This is to benefit the general public but also that of the journalist. We shall attempt to do this factually and emotionless without being drawn into an endless scuffling. The article stated that: 1. […]


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DSC_1962 Otjiwarongo Meatco supports agricultural trade shows 17 September 2015
Meatco continues to engage with farmers at every level at the agricultural shows that have taken place over the last few weeks. In actual fact, it is an important part of our social corporate responsibility. The recently held exhibition evening at the Okakarara Trade Fair was an important forum that saw farmers from that area […]


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FILDA Expo 2 Namibia returns from FILDA Exhibition 17 September 2015
Delegates from the Namibian meat industry and the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development travelled to Angola to participate at the Feira Internacional de Luanda (FILDA) Exhibition that took place from 21 to 26 July. Meatco was also represented at the event under the umbrella of the Meat Board. We spoke to the Executive […]


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Flag-Pins-Namibia-China The world’s largest consumer market opens its doors for Namibian beef 17 September 2015
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Honourable John Mutorwa, announced earlier this week that the Republic of Namibia and the People’s Republic of China signed a protocol on Veterinary Health Conditions and Quarantine in Beijing for the actual and practical exportation of Namibian beef to China. “I want to state emphatically that this new […]


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IMG-20150910-WA0003 New Feedlot construction at Gobabis to Boost the Cattle Town 17 September 2015
Meatco has plans to develop and operate a feedlot on the farm Annasruh located about 4 km north of Gobabis. The feedlot operations are meant to cater for the communal and commercial farmers in Gobabis and surrounding areas, with the aim of purchasing more cattle for slaughter. The feedlot will start off with 26 pens […]


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DSC_1002 MEATCO CHAIRPERSON ANNOUNCED AT AGM THAT GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE 30% IN FORM OF EQUITY AT MEATCO OWNERSHIP 29 June 2015
Meatco held its 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Friday on, 26 June 2015. The AGM took place amidst the many challenges that the Livestock Industry finds itself. The Corporation under the leadership of Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun as Board Chairperson converged at Wanderers Sports Club in Pionieerspark, Windhoek, at 09h00. Namundjebo-Tilahun, outlined the challenges the industry […]


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Meatma to be launched in Oshakati on 03 July 2015 19 June 2015
Meatma is spreading its wings, with the latest branch to open in Oshakati next month.   Griffith Uahindua, Sales Representative for Local Markets & Value Addition, says he is excited about the new store since Meatma continues to build the brand, branching out to other parts of the country, providing high quality Meatco products to […]


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DSC_9701 Farmers happy with Meatco’s engagement at liaison meetings 2 June 2015
Meatco CEO, Adv Vekuii Rukoro met with farmers in the Okakarara Constituency, kicking off his Farmers Liaison Meetings for the year as part of his strategy to interact with farmers and empower them with information on how to best market their animals to Meatco. This year’s theme is focused on shortening the supply chain of […]


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ms35 Meatco hosts Media Open Season Day 28 May 2015
Speakers at Meatco’s Open Season From Left to Right:  Estelle De Bruyn (on behalf of Ronelle Rademeyer), Vehaka Tjimune, Daniel Motinga, Mandi Smallhorne, Vekuii Rukoro and Goliath Tujendapi. The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) held its first annual Media Open Day with journalists and editors from various local media institutions at the Opera House in […]


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_DSC1972 Meatco CEO calls on Farmers to Slaughter 11 May 2015
Meatco, early in the year met with Livestock Producers Organisations (LPOs) to map out emergency strategies on the looming drought. Meatco agreed to increase emergency slaughter dates and called on farmers to bring in more cattle for slaughter. However, the past two months saw certain areas of Namibia receiving good rains and as a result […]


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10 years of service to Meatco Meatco recognises long service employees 29 April 2015The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) honoured its long service employees who have dedicated their skills and commitment to Meatco for the past 5 to 35 years. At the event was 95 long-serving members of staff of whom 4 founding members, who have worked at Meatco since its inception when it was known as Swa-meat […]

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Okahandja farmers’ association wins Meatco National Braai 2015 Okahandja farmers’ association wins Meatco National Braai 2015 1 April 2015The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) held its annual Meatco National Braai competition on Saturday, 28 March 2015, at Hochfeld. This year the event was hosted by the Meatco National Braai champions of 2014, the Hochfeld Farmers’ Association. It was time to hand over the reigns and Okahandja Farmers’ Association proved that they are worthy […]

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Launching the Livestock and Meat Industry Common Vision Launching the Livestock and Meat Industry Common Vision 1 April 2015On 19 February 2015 a milestone was reached in the history of the local meat industry, when the Livestock and Meat Industry’s Common Vision was launched by the Honourable Minister John Mutorwa, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The Livestock and Meat Industry’s Common Vision serves as a blueprint intended to harmonise livestock producers’ marketing […]

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Windhoek and Okahandja plants to operate simultaneously Windhoek and Okahandja plants to operate simultaneously 1 April 2015Hereby all Meatco producers are notified that the Windhoek factory will no longer be closing for two weeks in March as communicated earlier. This decision was made to accommodate the additional demand for slaughter space from producers in the prevailing drought conditions. As from 16 March 2015, both the Windhoek and Okahandja factories will be […]

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Meatco Scoops three PMR Africa Awards Meatco scoops three PMR Africa Awards 1 April 2015
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) won two Overall Golden Arrow Excellence awards as well as a Golden Arrow Excellence award at the 2015 Performance and Management Review (PMR) Africa Awards held in Windhoek on 16 February. The Overall Golden Arrow Excellence awards were made in the categories for Agriculture Livestock and Agriculture Abattoir Services, […]


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donation_1_0 MEATMA DONATES TO CITY OF WINDHOEK SHOE BOX PROJECT 18 February 2015
Meatco, through its MEATMA brand, donated boxes of boerewors and burger patties valued at N$2 600 to the recipients of the City of Windhoek Shoe Box Donation Handover event, on the 27th January 2015. MEATMA Shop donated these meat products as a means of ploughing back to the community and strengthening its partnership with the […]


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dsc_5570 MEATMA LAUNCHES SECOND STORE 18 February 2015
MEATMA launched its second store in Okahandja last week Friday. Meatco continues to strengthen its local MEATMA retail brand to various towns across Namibia.  Okahandja was the second MEATMA store to be opened, with the official opening taking place on 6th February 2015. The MEATMA retail shop was first launched in August last year in […]


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dsc_3813 MEATCO LAUNCHES MEATMA 11 February 2015
Meatco has launched a new brand of products onto the Namibian market called MEATMA. MEATMA is a complete range of quality value-added meat products produced through Meatco’s Local Markets and Value Addition department. MEATMA products are available to local Namibians at affordable prices starting from as low as N$4.00 per kilogram. The new brand of […]


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dsc_0375_0 MEATCO TALKS ABOUT AGRIFINANCE IN KENYA 11 February 2015
Better access to credit, especially for smallholder farmers, could bring about a revolution in African agriculture; agriculture must stop being treated as a development programme and rather as a business; and the nature of new growth in Africa must open up to rural economies to unlock agriculture’s potential. These were some of the key messages […]


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dsc_2184 MEATCO HELPS COMMUNAL PRODUCERS IMPROVE CATTLE QUALITY 11 February 2015
Meatco, through its Corporate Social Investment vehicle – the Meatco Foundation – recently allocated 13 bulls to farmers from different communal farming areas South of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (SVCF). The handover took place at Okakarara. The bull breeds consist of six Simbras, five Brahamans, a Simentaler and a Braunvieh. The beneficiaries were selected from […]


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agm_1_0 AN OVERVIEW OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2013/2014 11 February 2015
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 27 June 2014 at the Wanderers Sports Club in Windhoek. The Chairperson of the Board, Ms. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, welcomed all stakeholders present after which the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, gave an overview of the business during the 2013/14 financial […]


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dsc_3863 MEATCO CONCERNED BY WITVLEI STATEMENTS 11 February 2015
Meatco has a duty to act in the best interest of all Namibian farmers and the meat industry. It is therefore with great concern that we learnt of recent correspondence sent out by Witvlei Meat, relating to an alleged Witvlei Meat board decision to approach the Norwegian Government with a request to interfere with the […]


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gps_shareholding MEATCO ACQUIRES STAKE IN INTERNATIONAL PROTEIN TRADING COMPANY 11 February 2015
Meatco achieved another milestone by recently acquiring 25% shareholding in Global Protein Solutions (GPS). GPS is a world-class protein marketing and trading company, with its head office in London, United Kingdom. The company possesses unique and specialised skills in terms of marketing a wide range of protein products on a global scale. Meatco entered into […]


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s77_8446 NEW UPGRADES AT ABATTOIRS INCREASE EFFICIENCY 11 February 2015
After some months of rotational slaughter, both Meatco’s Windhoek and Okahandja abattoirs have resumed slaughter and factory operations are progressing smoothly. Meatco’s Windhoek Plant Manager, Andries Taljaardt, says while slaughter continues uninterrupted, system upgrades are currently being effected at our Windhoek abattoir to improve the effectiveness of operations and maximise output in order to cater […]


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s77_8516 UPDATE ON THE EPA 11 February 2015
A delegation from the European Commission (EC) visited Meatco’s Windhoek abattoir last week, with the aim of getting an overview on how we operate. The delegation also wanted to see how Meatco operates in adherence to international standards, specifically pertaining to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system and certification. The EC’s visit to […]


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rukoro_2 UNIFIED AGRICULTURE THE WAY FORWARD 11 February 2015
During his address at the National Namibian Famers’ Union congress, Meatco CEO Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, reinforced calls in the industry for a unified agricultural union. Adv. Rukoro was invited to speak to small-scale farmers attending the congress, which carried the theme “Small-scale Farmers key to Household Food Security”. In his address Adv. Rukoro also congratulated […]


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fact MEATCO STRATEGIES FALL IN PLACE EARLIER THAN EXPECTED 11 February 2015
Meatco once again finds itself in a very unique position where immediate strategic planning and decisions had to be made. Farmers are cueing up to market their cattle through Meatco. We therefore had to create extra capacity to accommodate the high demand for slaughter. In July 2013, Meatco decided to operate on a rotational basis […]


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dsc_9908 HOCHFELD FARMERS ASSOCIATION IS 2014 MEATCO NATIONAL BRAAI CHAMPIONS 11 February 2015
The Hochfeld Farmers Association is the 2014 winner of the Meatco National Braai Competition. The 34th edition of the National Braai Competition was held at Bitterwasser on Saturday, 29 March 2014. This year’s competition was hosted by the Uhlenhorst Farmers’ Association, the champions of last year’s National Braai Competition. The Stampriet Farmers Association won second […]


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wn MEATCO AND EMPLOYEES CONCLUDE WAGE NEGOTIATIONS FOR 2014 AND 2015 11 February 2015
Meatco Namibia Management and NAFAU concluded the wage negotiation process on Friday 14 March 2014. The parties agreed inter-alia on an annual salary increase for the period 2014 and 2015 as well a once off bonus. Through the process the two negotiating parties proved that they are not opposing parties but partners representing the same […]


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dsc_3644 MEATCO WINS EXPORTER OF THE YEAR AT SADC QUALITY AWARDS 11 February 2015
Meatco has won the prestigious SADC Exporter of the Year Award in the category for Large Enterprises at the 2014 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Annual Quality Awards. This was the fourth time the SADC Annual Quality Awards were held. Meatco Chief Executive Officer, Vekuii Rukoro, said this win is a great achievement for Meatco, […]


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dsc_8826 DANISH COOP BELIEVES NAMIBIAN FARMERS HAVE BRIGHT FUTURE 11 February 2015
In future Namibia has the potential to be amongst the major global players in terms of food production since the country has many opportunities when it comes to agriculture and cattle production. This is complimented by the passion, energy and courage displayed by farmers and their production systems, in both communal and commercial set-ups. This […]


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dsc_8851 MEATCO GIVES BREEDING BULLS TO OMURAMBA COMMUNITY 11 February 2015
Meatco, through its Corporate Social Investment vehicle, the Meatco Foundation, allocated two stud Bonsmara bulls to the Omuramba communal farming community in the Kunene Region. Omuramba is located about 120 km from Opuwo. The Meatco Foundation also constructed a crush pen there. The allocation is aimed at helping farmers whose livelihood depends mainly on farming, […]


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meatco_foundation_1 MEATCO FOUNDATION SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION 11 February 2015
The Meatco Foundation is the organisation’s corporate social investment vehicle with the main objective being to promote and to support the improvement of socio-economic conditions in the rural livestock sector. The foundation does this through developmental interventions by finding and using donor funds. Together with Meatco, the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry, the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Agricultural […]


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price_graph NORWAY QUOTA ALLOCATION LEADS TO INCREASED PRICES FOR PRODUCERS 11 February 2015
Meatco has increased its average producer price with N$3,62 per kilogram on 27 January 2014, a massive jump from the previous week and one of the biggest weekly increases in the company’s history. This follows an increase of N$1,03 during the previous week. The price jump was made possible by the increased Norway quota which […]


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eu_parliament_members_visit_039_0 EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT VISIT MEATCO 11 February 2015
A delegation of members from the European Union (EU) Parliament visited Meatco today. The delegation was given a tour of Meatco’s world class Windhoek Abattoir and a presentation of how the Meatco business operates. The visit by the delegation comes amidst advanced negotiations with regards to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and […]


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rosa_katjivena_executive_quality_assurance MEATCO RECEIVES NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD 11 February 2015
Meatco won 1st place at the Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) for Namibian Exporter of the Year, at the National Quality Awards gala event that took place on 17 October 2013 at Safari Court Hotel. The winner in this category has made significant progress in commencing with or expanding exports to wider markets by introducing quality […]


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drought_relief_handover_1_0 MEATCO HANDS OVER GOVERNMENT CANS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF 11 February 2015
Meatco was tasked to slaughter and process a total of 105 cattle provided by the Government for the National drought relief program. The Corporation was approached by the Office of the Prime Minister, through the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management, to slaughter and process cattle that are available on Government farms to provide food to […]


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meatco_and_nafau_agreement_0 MEATCO AND NAFAU SIGN AGREEMENT ON NON-RENEWAL FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS 11 February 2015
Meatco and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers’ Union (NAFAU) signed a memorandum of agreement on the non-renewal of fixed-term contracts of temporary employees resulting from the re-alignment of Meatco’s operations. The agreement was signed on Friday 23 August 2013, at Meatco’s Head office. NAFAU has a standing recognition agreement with Meatco and is recognized […]


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permit_day_025_0 FIRST PERMIT DAY SOUTH OF THE VCF A SUCCESS 11 February 2015
Meatco, in collaboration with the Orutumbu Farmers Association procured a total of 36 cattle from the first ever Permit/Assembly Day held south of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF) at Ongongoro this week. The event, which has been described by both Meatco and the Orutumbu Farmers Association as a “success” was held at the Ongongoro kraals […]


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drought_relief_0 GOVERNMENT AND MEATCO JOIN HANDS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF 11 February 2015
Meatco slaughtered a total of 113 cattle provided by the Government for drought relief last week. This followed after the Corporation was approached by the Office of the Prime Minister to slaughter cattle available on Government farms to provide food for Namibians affected by hunger because of the current drought situation. Of the total number […]


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mti_pic MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY PROMOTES MEATCO 11 February 2015
All Meatco’s products which are marketed abroad now form part of the international display of Namibian products at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. This comes after the Ministry extended an invitation to Meatco to provide the products for this very purpose. As a producer of truly Namibian products, Meatco is grateful for the invitation […]


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image013 MEATCO BOARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED 11 February 2015
Meatco this week sent out the nominations, from its members and employees, of persons to serve on the Meatco Board of Directors to the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Mr John Mutorwa, who will make the final appointments. The new board is expected to take over from the current board at the end of […]


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agm_065 MEATCO MEMBERS WANT AMICABLE SOLUTION TO OWNERSHIP DEBATE 11 February 2015
During the 27th Annual General Meeting of Meatco held last week Friday, the Corporation’s members renewed their mandate to the Meatco Board and Management with regards to the future ownership of Meatco. The Meatco members recognize the importance of Government as a strategic partner in the meat industry and accept that there is an important […]


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