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The Botswana Meat Commission is a parastatal non-profit making organisation that was established by the Botswana Government in 1966, to co-ordinate the production of beef from a national herd of some 2 to 3 million that is grazed on chemically free ranch lands covering much of the country’s 580 000 square kilometres.
The Botswana Meat Commission is by act of Parliament the sole exporter of live cattle and beef-products. ECCO is the brand name under which all frozen and chilled vacuum packed beef is sold and it features prominently in markets throughout the world, particularly the European Union, and it has achieved an excellent reputation for quality and its unrivalled shelflife of 6 months for chilled vacuum packed product.
The headquarters of BMC are in Lobatse, a small town 75km south/west of the capital Gaborone. The high-tech and very modern facilities at Lobatse have been designed and constructed as a complete and integrated complex of abattoir, canning, tanning and by-products plant to handle a throughput of 800 cattle and 500 small stock per day. A branch abattoir is situated in the north east of the country at Francistown, with a capacity of 400 cattle and 150 small stock per day.
The Commission owns marketing subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany and South Africa, and an insurance company in the Cayman Islands. It also owns Table Bay Cold Stores (Pty)