The Meat Supply Market in Costa Rica

Beef cattle is mainly marketed in 17 auctions in which around one million head per year are sold.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Data from the National Animal Health Service (SENASA), indicates that almost 80% of all the cattle sold in Costa Rica is done so via livestock auctions, while the remaining 20% goes directly to packing plants.

The country currently has 17 livestock auctions, which sell between 15,000 and 20,000 cattle a week. Of these, 11 are operated by private groups and the rest are the responsibility of livestock chambers.

"Luis Angel (Kiko) Alfaro, one of the pioneers of this type of livestock market and currently the owner who sells the greatest volume, recalled that early meatpacking plants made fun of the initiative. Today, he says, these companies send specialists to auctions to buy heads there. They do it from almost everywhere in the country", reports

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