A typical South African feedlot holds between 8,000 and 30,000 head of cattle at any point in time.
South Africa has an extremely well developed cattle industry. Popular beef breeds include the indigenous Afrikaner and locally developed Bonsmara and Drakensberger. European and American breeds such as Charolais, Hereford, Angus, Simmentaler, Sussex, Brahman and Santa Gertrudis are maintained as pure breeds or used in cross-breeding.
Beef farming follows 2 primary methods in South Africa:
Feedlot and Natural Grazing
Feedlot calves are purchased between seven and twelve months of age, transported to the feedlot and held for between 90 and 180 days before slaughter. These cattle represent approx 80% of all hides purchased by Cape Produce Company. The hides of these animals are generally extremely clean and suitable for automotive, shoe upper and premium upholstery leathers.
Cattle that are left to graze naturally also form a key component of our production; and whilst from similar animals to the feedlot cattle above; these hides are generally best suited for corrected grain material.
Almost all hides purchased by CPC in South Africa are slaughtered in ‘ A Grade’ abattoirs using only pneumatic powered dehiders.