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Cattle production is mainly from grass with just a 3 month fattening period for the younger animals. During this time they are fed healthy by-products from Swaziland’s food industries such as hominy chop, wheaten bran, molasses, citrus pulp and brewer’s grains.

There are some commercial farmers but mostly the cattle are raised by small holders (in herds of about 10 to 20 animals) and grazed communally.

SMI works closely with these farmers and helps them improve their businesses through loans and technical assistance (for members of the Power Team Association). Also by arranging discounts with the major suppliers of farm inputs; using the Embiveni Reward card, which is given to all farmers who sell cattle to SMI.