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Read the Sarami Case Study

About the company

Sarami Plantation has been breeding cattle in Vanuatu for 30 years and was the first property in Santo to introduce cross Brahman bulls on their 2000 hectare breeding property. Sarami has continued to upgrade its breeding herd and has bought and developed a 2000 hectare fattening property.

Total grant funding approved: ECF A$1,375,000

About the project

With the support of ECF funding, Sarami will work with smallholder cattle farmers to improve beef production in Vanuatu. Smallholder farmers on Santo and nearby islands are generally unable to achieve top prices for their cattle due to their unimproved pasture, poor breeding practices, overstocking and limited watering systems. To address these issues, Sarami will purchase cattle directly from the farmers at a 50 per cent higher average price than currently paid by the abattoir. Stock will be fattened on Sarami’s improved pastures with silage which will then be sold at a higher price.

Results December 2012

Since commencement of the ECF project Sarami has purchased over 2,000 cattle from more than 240 smallholders. This represents an increase in small holder incomes of Vatu 42.5 million ($A0.45 million). Other results include:

  • Silage production has been successfully trialed and implemented.
  • Different pastures have been trialed and the most suitable varieties confirmed.
  • All associated site improvements have been completed.
  • An additional 20 workers have been employed by Sarami. Workers have received technical and on the job training in silage production and pasture improvements.
  • Small holders receive 50% higher prices for their cattle than prices from other buyers.
  • Transport of purchased cattle by Sarami reduces costs for smallholders and further increases their net returns.
  • Two shipments of cattle have been negotiated with the Solomon Islands Government as the first stage in rebuilding that country’s cattle industry.
  • The genetic breeding program will commence in early 2013.

Once the silage and pasture improvement procedures have been fully evaluated, the project will offer important lessons for other parties around the Pacific. Interest has already been shown by government bodies and the private sector in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.