With an estimated annual demand of 705,000 metric tonnes of beef, its demand significantly exceeds the supply with Kenya importing animals from the neighboring countries to meet the supply gap. This demand is expected to grow in the coming years, as the demand for quality meat by consumers continues to rise, putting more pressure on the supply system. The current livestock production system (which is heavily pastoral) is unlikely to meet the growing demand for quality meat due to low productivity, Poor quality animals, and inconsistent supply. There is need to explore alternative ways of meeting the demand and in the process, tap into the emerging business opportunity.
Livestock finishing and fattening, particularly cattle, has been identified as a potential option for bridging the meat supply gap. This webinar focused on the study conducted by Kenya Markets Trust that assessed the nature, scale, and business viability of fattening and finishing operations in Kenya. It further identified the key constraints that need to be addressed for the finishing and fattening operations to be scalable.