Beefing up your investments
In early 2014, Al Mabroor identified and recognized an ideal opportunity in the agricultural sector. This created a new, innovative and exciting investment opportunity to our loyal investors. Initially the Al Mabroor Cattle Feeding Project was launched in a joint venture with Douglas Beef, situated on the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape.
The main aim of the project is to purchase beef calves between the ages of 6 - 9 months and to rear them to be ready to enter the feedlot system, from where it is eventually sold to the abattoir.
At present Al Mabroor Agri owns around 55 000 cattle, including breeding stock, and sells between 1000 – 1200 animals on a weekly basis to the abattoir. Further sales are conducted on a regular basis at auctions across the country. The best quality female animals are retained to increase the breeding stock in order to produce our own offspring in years to come.
In the past year, Al Mabroor Agri diversified on a small scale into sheep farming, macadamia nut production and vegetable farming. In the long term, diversification will play a pivotal role in the sustainability of the Al Mabroor agricultural product.
*All photos used was taken on our own farms
Beefcor is a cattle feedlot situated just outside Pretoria east on the R25. It procures weaner calves from selected and trusted farmers and backgrounds them for 63 days on pasture lands. Thereafter it feeds them scientifically formulated feed, produced in its own feed mixing plant, in its feedlot for another 133 days. After the 196 days feeding cycle, the cattle are sold to abattoirs that Beefcor has a long-standing relationship with.
Beefcor follows high standards of Corporate Governance ensuring business ethics and sustainability. It has a proven record of profitability and value creation since its inception in 1973.
It has been a very successful cattle feedlot over the past 2 decades and has the capacity to keep around 30 000 animals in the feedlot and a further 15 000 animals on the surrounding grazing land for backgrounding purposes.
Douglas is an agricultural and stock farming town situated near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
The farm is ideally situated to source animals from the Northern Cape and Free State. It serves as a holding station and for the backgrounding of calves. It produces its own feed, especially lucerne and houses one of our bigger cow herds.
Current stock levels: 3400 feedlot, backgrounding calves 1500,
cow herd 1500
Capacity: 12 000 calves
4 Buying agents
Hennenman is a small town in the Free State province of South Africa. The town is supported by agriculture, especially maize production and cattle farming.
The 4000ha farm produces around 1500ha of maize and sunflower p.a. Additional grazing is planted, providing enough feed for roughly 8000 weaners.
Situated: Central Free State
Current stock: 2400 calves, 2000 heifers
Buying calves: local area, Northern Free State
Situated: Central Free State
Current stock: 700 heifers
Capacity 2000 calves
Function: Maize crops, Backgrounding calves
Buying calves: local area and Free State
Situated: Southern Free State
Current stock: 750 calves, 4000 sheep
Capacity: 750 calves
Function: Heifer breeding project, sheep farming
Situated: Central Eastern Cape
Current stock: 350 cows, 800 calves
Capacity: 2000 calves, 700 cows
Function: Strategic holding station, backgrounding calves, cow herd
Buying calves: Central Eastern Cape
Farms are Situated: Otjiwarongo, Hardap and Karasburg region
Current stock: 2250 calves, 2000 heifer herd, cow herd and bulls 250
Capacity: 6000 calves, 10 000 cows
Function: Sourcing calves from Namibia for the Douglas feedlot, backgrounding calves, cow herds, lucerne production
Producing free range animals
Buying calves: Eastern and Central Namibia
Situated: Central Free State
Current stock: 1800 backgrounding calves
Capacity: 2000 calves
Function: Teff (grass) crops, strategic holding station in the middle of the country and backgrounding, supplying claves to other backgrounding farms
Buying calves: Local area, Southern Free State
Situated: Southern Eastern Cape
Current stock: 500 cows
Capacity: 500 cows
Function: Cow herd
Buying calves: Southern Eastern Cape
Al Mabroor Agri acquired Loerieskloof in White River, Mpumalanga. The farm totals 253.74 ha and has 7 macadamia orchids in production totaling 71.70 ha and a possible 20 ha which can be developed. The 2021 harvest delivered 102 tons of Macadamia nuts. The 2022 harvest has already produced 147 tons and is not yet completed. There is also a game-fenced grazing area of 165 hectares that can be utilised for cattle backgrounding.
Located on the farm is a Macadamia processing plant known as Khuvuka Max. This facility is well known as a boutique processor achieving high crack out figures. The facility has storing capacity of 350 tons in holding bins and can comfortably crack 6.5 tons a day.
Al Mabroor Agri purchased 21 hectares of farmland just outside of Rustenburg.
During September 2021 we planted 8 ha of Orange Summer Pumpkin for export to Holland. We harvested 148 tons of pumpkin by the end of February 2022 which was successfully exported. We followed the pumpkins by planting sugar beans to be exported to Namibia. An estimated harvest of 15 000kg is expected in the next two months.
During 2021 we organically produced 3 ha of baby beetroot and carrots, spring onions, radish, kale, broccoli, Chinese cabbage and butternut. We are currently busy to expand this with an additional 3 ha of mixed fresh produce.
We successfully delivered trials of organically dried jalapeno and chillies. This secured us an export of 3 tons of dried product from the end of 2022.
A further 5 hectares for local pumpkin supply varieties will be developed by the end of 2022.
Al Mabroor started its wagyu breeding project in 2016. After a very thorough due diligence process on wagyu farming in Austalia and Japan, Al Mabroor has decided that the time was right to enter this small and unique niche market in the meat industry in South Africa.
At the time there were only 583 full blood wagyu calves registered in South Africa. The total Australian cattle herd in 2016 was 2 500 000 head, of which only 90 000 were full blood registered wagyu. Wagyu thus made up a 3% of feedlot turnover but added 8% to the total feedlot value. Australia exported 40 000 tonnes in 2016, making up 80% of the total beef sales.
The current demand for exports to existing markets is roughly 90 000 tonnes per annum of which most of the exports are to Europe. New markets to be entered into are Middle East, China, and Northeast Asia, which will increase the total international demand. South Africa can compete with the existing and developing markets due to our lower input and feeding costs, together with a closer proximity to these markets, especially the UAE.
Good quality genetics is paramount in producing quality meat products and in doing so maximising profits to investors. Al Mabroor has been fortunate to gain direct access to some of the best Wagyu genetics currently available in the South African market.
Manufacturers of specialized agriculture equipment
Trailed spreaders for lime, fertilizer and wood chips
Mulchers / Weed trimmers
Renting out to farmers across the country
Truck stop facility in Sasolburg
Diesel wholesale and retail company
Supplying farms and cattle transport trucks
Fleet of 28 trucks
Transport of cattle
Transport of maize, grain etc