Article

Beef traders’ and consumers’ perceptions on the development of a natural pasture-fed beef brand by smallholder cattle producers in South Africa

Published in: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
Volume 33, issue 3, 2016 , pages: 207–214
DOI: 10.2989/10220119.2016.1235616
Author(s): Tawanda MarandureDepartment of Animal Science, South Africa, Cletos MapiyeDepartment of Animal Science, South Africa, Godswill MakombeUniversity of Limpopo, Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership, South Africa, Baldwin NengovhelaAgricultural Research Council – Animal Production Institute, South Africa, Phillip StrydomAgricultural Research Council – Animal Production Institute, South Africa, Voster MuchenjeDepartment of Livestock and Pasture Science, South Africa, Kennedy DzamaDepartment of Animal Science, South Africa

Abstract

Beef traders’ and consumers’ perceptions on the development of a natural pasture-fed beef (NPB) brand by smallholder cattle producers were investigated. In total, 18 meat traders (five abattoirs and 13 beef retailers) and 155 beef consumers were interviewed using structured questionnaires. All meat traders had the potential but were not willing to support the development of a NPB brand citing smallholder farmers’ limited ability to supply sufficient volumes of high-quality cattle. Consumers (81%) were prepared to purchase NPB upon availability on the market but were not willing (80%) to pay a brand premium. Logistic regression model results showed that consumers’ willingness to buy NPB and pay a premium were influenced (P < 0.05) by gender, household size, income source, meat preference, meat consumption frequency, money spent on beef, frequency of beef purchases and consumption. Overall, beef traders and consumers held positive impressions regarding the development of a NPB brand by smallholder cattle producers but were not willing to support its development. Positive impressions held by value chain partners on the development of a NPB brand provide a basis for advancing development of a NPB brand. Initial efforts should enhance farmers’ capacity to supply sufficient volumes of high-quality cattle.

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