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.
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|
|* 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.
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.