VISION

LHC Group Feedlot aims to feed beef and sheep and harvest agricultural products of excellence in a strategic alliance with its producers and marketers through single minded and effective management of strategic focal points.

MISSION

LHG Group Feedlot has one Primary mission: “The best from our farms to your plate.”

Feedlots

BEEF

LHC boasts a feedlot of 6500 head of cattle.

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LHC Group purchase young cattle calves for the feedlot, and most of these calves are pre-conditioned.

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Pre-conditioning and why we pre-condition:

Pre-conditioning is an effort to prepare young cattle for the feedlot for optimal health and ability to withstand the stresses associated with leaving the home farm, passing through various trade channels, and adjusting to a new environment.

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After calving and weaning, this transition is one of the most stressful events that calves might experience in a lifetime.

Most of these calves are destined for the feedlot where there is overwhelming evidence that pre-conditioned cattle significantly outperform those that are not. Advantages include less shrinkage, increased average daily gain, less total days on feed, lower diseased incidence with associated costs of medicine, labour, facilities, and mortality, and increased percentage of "choice" grade.

Cow Feedlot 1

Pre-conditioning is a protocol that establishes specific requirements for management procedures and their timing, vaccinations, and sometimes nutrition. The objective is to protect calves from diseases they might encounter and to acclimatize them to the environment and feed of their next home. The multitude of programs offered by state beef and veterinary associations, private marketing alliances, and branded product retailers, is becoming more popular. Some require third party certification, usually by a veterinarian, and some require specific records of dates, procedures, product uses, and even genetics. The best programme, however, is one tailored to our farm and our intended market.

The pre-conditioning farm take in weaners weighing between 150 – 200kg each. The feedlot weaners are between 200 – 240kg each.

Cow Feedlot 2

On arrival at our feedlot, all our animals must be processed. Processing varies from feedlot to feedlot, but ours includes:

  1. Dose and dip. Dipping is essential for de-worming all the animals arriving at the feedlot. A positive response to dosing is often not seen, possibly because many farmers dose their animals before selling them.
  2. We vaccinate all animals against botulism, anthrax, quarter evil, IBR and any other diseases the veterinarian considers essential in the area where the feedlot is situated.
  3. Injecting of Vitamin A is administered.
  4. Identifying and numbering the animals for record keeping purposes
  5. On arrival at our feedlot , we group animals according to size and sex. Large animals tend to bully smaller animals and keep them away from feed troughs. A close check is always kept.
  6. The initial weight of animals should be recorded, preferably after 7 – 10 days in our feedlot. At this time, careful observation can identify poor performers and these can, at a next weighing, which ideally takes place two to three weeks later, be considered for selling.

Our managers are aware of the fact that keeping a feedlot enterprise running, a continuous income is needed. The only way this can be achieved is by having livestock to sell at all times. This is a difficult part of feed lotting, because animals remain in a feedlot for 90 to 120 days. The feedlotter must therefore predict market demand, and consequently plan the selling price at least three months ahead. A continuous source of weaners is needed, but not always available, so strategic planning and marketing is key here.

Cow Feedlot 3

Livestock are obtained directly from farmers or be bought by private treaty through an agent or at livestock auctions. Our managers here at LHC Group, are well trained and experienced in evaluating the potential for fattening of different breeds of animals (maturity, breed, age, gender) in relation to the market price of different grades of cattle.

LHC Group have their own fleet of trucks and are responsible for all the transporting of their cattle, from purchase through to market. As all our staff are experienced, we are able to transport our cattle with a minimal amount of stress.

LHC employ a nutritionist to do the ration balancing as this is a highly specialized task, requiring a great deal of time, monitoring, feed quality and cost of ingredients.

LHC Group Beef, is not trimmed lean and healthy, it is fed lean and healthy ensuring your ultimate eating pleasure.

Why we feed grain? The higher growth rate of grain fed animals results in a much more tender meat than that of animals which follow a grass-fed diet pattern. The reason being that meat tissue known to cause toughness is reduced in animals with a faster gain. All our calves at LHC are fed only a nutritious diet of the highest quality grain products for a specific period. The cattle are specifically selected according to strict criteria before qualifying for the LHC feedlot. These criteria include the age of the animals, as well as the time they are cared for and other criteria which could have a negative impact on the consistency of meat quality and safety.

Cow Feedlot 4

LHC Beef is lean, tender young beef selected according to the strictest A Grade age specifications with a specified fat coverage over the whole animal to ensure the ultimate eating experience. Technically, this means that animals are selected for their lean meat attributes from beef breeds known to produce tender beef.

LHC Group’s management practices are in line with correct policies and procedures, to ensure no undue stress or excitement befall the animals thus impacting on their overall behavior which is known to impact their eating and growing quality. The animals are treated and fed specifically in the very best conditions to ensure they provide the lean and tender meat, the market have come to expect. Our feedlots are kept spotless, and we are proud to house our cattle here.

LHC Group produce young tender Grainfed A grade, and, 90% A2 and A3, and the grade is of the best quality for the South African market.

SHEEP

Sheep Feedlot 1Our feedlot is located in the Sasolburg area. LHC Group has an approximate head count of 15000 head of sheep in our feedlot. LHC purchase lambs of 25 – 34 kg. Most of the sheep bought are with wool, although we do look at lambs that have been sheared too. Most of the lambs purchased are Meat Lambers, such as Merino, SA Meat Merino and Dormers. These are purchased through out the country, mostly from the Karoo. Our lambs are normally in the feedlot for a period of approximately 65 days, depending on their weight. They are fed 4 rations of grain-fed feed per day. Lambs are marketed at a weight of 45-50kg and we reach a target of 48% slaughter value. Our sheep feedlots are in pristine condition, with the animals being checked and inspected on a daily basis.

We have our own facility where we shear the sheep and the wool is then sorted and packed into their respective categories.

Sheep Feedlot 2

LHC Group have their own fleet of transport, and transport all their own sheep with experienced staff therefore causing minimal stress to the animals being transported.