What we do: Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd began as a feedlot on the Karan family farm in 1974. At that time the cattle herd comprised of less than 100 cattle. Today the farm accommodates 150 000 head of cattle making Karan Beef the largest feedlot in South Africa. Situated just south of Johannesburg, South Africa the Heidelberg based farm has had to adapt to the changing needs of its customers over the last 25 years. The company has purchased three adjoining farms to increase the overall size of the farm to 2,330ha allowing it to accommodate the growing feedlot as well as the evolution of facilities into a fully integrated business unit.
Ownership & Management: Karan Beef has remained a family owned business that is managed by its founder Ian Karan. Ian Karan has been instrumental in the evolution of facilities into a fully integrated business unit that manages the feedlot, feedmill, abattoir, deboning and distribution. Karan Beef is well managed by an experienced management team that looks after an integrated value chain of beef supply in the South Africa market under the leadership of the CEO, Arnold Pretorius.
Key financial indicators: Not provided. Karan Beef has a strong market share in the South African beef supply market. The company purchases calves between 7 and 12 months of age after which they are collected and transported to the feedlot via a private fleet of trucks. The operations of Karan Beef are integrated to ensure that the value chain from cattle to beef supplied is complete.
Track record: Karan Beef is the largest feedlot in South Africa with over 150,000 cattle on its 2,330ha farm. The company has been in operation since 1974 and has the largest market share in the South African beef industry.
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