Namibia, a country of unrivalled natural
beauty, is known for its great outdoors and
lifestyles revolving around living off the
The concentration of Namibia’s population
of about 2,05 million people and economic
activities in small concentrated areas
leaves Mother Nature relatively untouched.
Like the hunters of days gone by, one
can follow the trail through the wide open
spaces to discover the abundance of flora
When tracking down nature you will come across the origins of Namibia’s red meat.
Of its total surface area of 824 300 km², about 70 000km² are suited for agriculture
of which 52 per cent is utilised by cattle farmers and 33 per cent by small stock farmers.
Namibia’s red meat (beef, mutton, lamb
and goat meat) is produced 100 per cent
from natural pastures as it was created
millions of years ago. It is safe, healthy,
of the best quality and can be traced and
checked throughout the whole production
The entire Namibian red meat industry
diligently guards its product and these
qualities, to ensure that the consumer gets
meat branded: Farm Assured Namibian
Meat (FAN Meat).
Namibia’s excellent beef originates from
top quality animals. The most popular
breeds are Simmentaler, Brahman,
Bonsmara and Afrikaner. Crosses of these
are well adapted to Namibian conditions.
In the developing areas the indigenous
and well-adapted Sanga breed is found.
Predominantly steer and heifers are
slaughtered between 20 and 36 months,
averaging a carcass weight of 220 kg.
The country’s cattle herd numbers around
2,2 million. More than 400 000 head of
cattle are marketed annually. A total of 45
000 tonnes of beef are produced.
About 70 per cent of the production
is exported to South Africa. Under the
Cotonou agreement, Namibia is allowed
to annually export 13 000 tonnes of
high quality hindquarter cuts to Europe,
vacuum-packed and chilled whereas
forequarter cuts are frozen.
LAMB AND GOAT
Namibia’s lamb and goat meat is wellknown
for its taste, tenderness and
Namibia has about 2,5 million sheep.
About 900 000 head of small stock are
exported on the hoof to South Africa, while
the export abattoirs market approximately
190 000 as carcasses and cuts.
About 80 per cent of all animals marketed
annually is exported to South Africa,
supplying about 5 per cent of South
Africa’s consumption of lamb. Namibia
has also recently entered the Norwegian
and European markets.
The main breeds of sheep are the Dorper
and the indigenous Damara, well adapted
to the harsh conditions.
Namibia has 1,8 million goats, well known
for their good conformation and tasty
meat. A total of 200 000 goats are exported
annually to South Africa.The Boer goat is
the most popular breed in Namibia.
Namibia and its
superiorly tasty and
produced red meat.