Present and Future of Livestock in Nicaragua

In recent years, farmers and industrialists have accumulated investments in order to increase the quantity and quality of production.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On the side of the producers, work has been done in the area of genetics to produce more meat and milk, while slaughterhouses have been resized and modernized.

An article in Laprensa.com.ni outlines that "Investments made by the meat industry in recent years have turned local slaughterhouses into the largest and most modern in Central America, which in turn has ensured increased exports meat, offal and meat byproducts. Three of the largest slaughterhouses in the region are in Nicaragua: Nuevo Carnic, San Martin and MACESA. "

Parallel to this, "Farmers have submitted a proposal to improve the herd through genetics and we are implementing it because it is the only thing that will allow us to produce more meat and milk, and improve the conditions of our livestock", said the minister agriculture and Forestry, Ariel Bucardo, referring to the "Restructuring Program promoted by livestock organizations. At a cost of $65 million and within a period of 16 years, it aims to double the current production of milk and reduce to 30 or 36 months the time it takes yearlings to reach 400 kilos of weight to be taken to the abattoirs for slaughter. "



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The "War" Between Farmers and the Meat Industry

January 2017

In Nicaragua industrialists are preparing to defend against the denouncement by farmers over discrepancies between the prices paid by local abattoirs and international prices.

In the law suit filed with Pro Competition authority in October 2016, farmers argued that four slaughterhouses are distorting the local market by allegedly paying prices that are lower than international ones.

Nicaragua: Increases in Meat Exports

October 2014

The guild has stated that producers are accelerating the shipment of cattle to slaughterhouses in order to increase production and take advantage of the increase in the international price of meat.

Meat prices in the international market have seen increases of up to 3% and 4% in recent months, positioning exports of meat products in second place of total exports.

Price Conflicts Between Farmers and Abattoirs

May 2012

The boom in beef exports from Nicaragua is being threatened by a price war between producers and exporters.

Slaughterhouses have declared that they are unable to pay higher prices to beef ranchers, who demanded them.

They cite two reasons: a reduction in U.S. demand, the second largest export market for beef, and the position of Venezuela of not raise the price of a ton of meat by 10% (Venezuela is the main export market).

Lack of Slaughterhouses in Nicaragua

March 2011

The Nicaraguan livestock sector is beginning to feel limited by the lack of industrial processing plants.

Although the industry has had a remarkable boom, with earnings for all sectors involved and a projected growth of 10% for 2011, competition between producers, manufacturers and exporters is worsening.

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