The OACIA program is an initiative of the non-profit FarmForAfrica group, a network of commercial farmers and specialist offering their time and experience in support of development in African Agriculture.

OACIA is founded on solid business principles making it a self-sustainable initiative that will increasingly archive it’s four objectives as the size of the herds increase. Over the eight-year life span of every cow, it will continuedly contribute towards these objectives of the program, while the owner enjoys an equal capital growth as his cow multiplies in terms of off-spring.

For us to launch the program we need to sell a batch of 300 cattle in an early buyer program that will allow us to implement the administration and cell phone application in 6 months.

Background

Our focus is the production of quality “grass-fed” beef. To understand the desperate situation that many cattle farmers find themselves in, we want to give you a summarized view of the figures compiled using the latest statistics.

If I take a commercial cow, that has only one purpose and that being to give birth to a single calf per year, and we are analysing the figures we have the following percentage distribution:

 COMMERCIAL COW costs/year
Additional Feed: 15.51%
Immunization: 1.88%
Dozing: 2.89%
Veterinarian: 1.27%
Marketing: 2.13%
Genetic Investments: 4.87%
Divers: 0.29%
Land: 61.43%
Labour: 9.73%
* Updated May 2019 South Africa

 

Anybody can see that the cost of land (61.43%) and having to buy additional feed (15.51%) are the biggest cost factors for cattle farmers.

OACIA solution

The OACIA model does not burden the OACIA cow owner with any land cost, because the model is designed to help participating farmers to get ride of land debt and to eradicate this biggest contributor to failure. This changes the game for cow owners and your cow helps us do this.

On each of the farms we implement a grazing program as part of our agreement with the farmers. The grazing program is designed for the area and our testimony over years, is that this regenerative approach to grazing, has seen the carry capacity of land doubling over an extend of 4-5 years. This largely addresses the issue of having to buy expensive additional feed during the winters.

I everything we do, we do not compromise the fertility and reproduction of a herd, because this generated the income stream.

Basics of the agreement

  • You read, complete and except the online agreement
  • You buy a cow through an online secure platform
    • As soon as the full payment reflects in the OACIA account, we will secure the animal. Move it to site, tag it and load it on the management system. This will take 7 days
  • OACIA administration will issue you with:
    • A certificate of ownership that includes the cow’s identification numbers and an image
    • A link and password to you profile on the mobile application
  • The cow will be placed in an established herd, managed by standards that we have committed to and continually monitor. You can follow her progress on your mobile app.
  • Her first calf should come in month 27-30, depending on her age when you bought her. See “Explain to me the production cycle of a cow” under Question and Answers
  • The owner is in a 50/50 partnership with the farmer who farms the animal under contract from OACIA. The 50/50 split includes:
    • All direct cost – See “What is direct costs” under Question and Answers
    • All income on the sales of calves from the specific cow. The sale of the owner’s cow is excluded, and all income goes to owners. See “Explain to me the financial model?” Questions and Answers
  • Male calf is sold to cover the direct costs of the cow and the balance is credited to the account of the farmer and owner (50/50)
  • Female calves are alternatively owned by the farmer and the owner of the cow. The first female calve belongs to the owner, the second female calf to the farmers, continued in this order.

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