Sao Paulo, June 20, 2019 – The Brazilian Association of Nelore Breeders (ACNB) and its Association of Nelore Breeders in Tocantins (ACNT), alongside Friboi and Matsuda Sementes e Nutrição Animal, have announced the winners of the 5th stage of the Nelore Quality Circuit, which was held at the local Friboi plant on June 5 and 6.
The 5th stage of the 2019 Nelore Quality Circuit assessed 418 animals from nine breeders. The results confirmed early termination of Nelore carcasses, which is a decisive factor for meat quality and producer profitability. “74.3% of males had up to four permanent incisor teeth and 87.8% of the animals weighed more than 18 arrobas when slaughtered”, said Nabih Amin El Aouar, president of the ACNB.
José Luiz Sanches Boteon, ACNT president, highlighted the females’ weight and fat finishing: 82.5% of the animals weighted over 14 arrobas and 80% presented median and uniform fat finishing. The Araguaina stage of the Circuit has highlighted our contribution to increasing Nelore meat quality and productivity across the region”, he said.
Livestock farmer Ricardo José de Andrade and his father Epaminondas de Andrade received the gold medal for best male carcass lot. Their lot was slaughtered at an average of 20 arrobas and around 90% of the animals had up to 2 permanent incisor teeth.
“We are very happy with the results because they show Fazenda Vale do Boi is moving in the right direction, producing standardized animals with excellent compliance with slaughterhouse specifications. Our animals are also pasture-bred and receive strategic supplements during the fattening phase” said Andrade.
In addition to providing his Nelore cattle with forage and supplements, the farmer said one of the factors that helped him win the Nelore Quality Circuit was the intensive genetic improvement project that has been running at his farm in Carmolândia (TO), using PMGZ, from ABCZ.
The gold medal for best male carcass lot went to Epaminondas de Andrade. José Coimbra Filho took silver and Alacides Negreiros Rodrigues won bronze. The prize for best female carcass lot went to Luciana Vieira Costa Saddi. The gold medal winners received 500 kilos of Matsuda mineral supplements which will be delivered to their farms by the company’s technical experts.
Nelore Quality Circuit
The Nelore Quality Circuit, sponsored by the Brazilian Association of Nelore Breeders, supports and promotes pure-bred meat and genetics to help increase productivity for Brazilian cattle farmers. The initiative gauges producers’ results based on their local environment and production system.
This year, Friboi and Matsuda are sponsoring the event that began back in 1999. The Company’s involvement has doubled the size of the event, which will have 26 stages across 10 states. By the end of 2019, the Circuit will assess a record 20 thousand carcasses. In June, the campaign will visit Redenção (PA), Araguaína (TO), Rio Branco (AC), Porto Velho (RO) and Colíder (MT).
Friboi has been revolutionizing the market for over 40 years by decommoditizing Brazilian beef and building brands. The Company owns some of Brazil’s best known beef brands and has a broad product portfolio with the Company’s own name brand and market leader Friboi, as well as Maturatta Friboi, Do Chef Friboi, Reserva Friboi, 1953 Friboi and Swift Black, targeting a variety of different markets. As part of its focus on certified sourcing and food quality and safety, from animal welfare to end product delivery, Friboi has implemented best sustainability practices across the entire value chain and constantly monitors its cattle suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced farm maps and official government figures. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and currently has 35 production plants in Brazil.
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