Characterization of Buffalo Veal Supply Chain in Villages around Cairo

Published Date
November 30, 2017
Type
Journal Article
Characterization of Buffalo Veal Supply Chain in Villages around Cairo
Authors:
Amal k. El-Asheeri
S. Abdelghany, Veronique Alary, Christian Corniaux, Mohamed Radwan

This study aims to characterize buffalo veal supply chain in 5 villages around Cairo. Value chain approach
was applied to analyze veal supply chain using the data of 82 farmers, 4 traders and 4 butchers. Economic
analysis was applied to different scenarios of raising calves using buffalo milk, cow milk or milk replacer.
Survey analysis showed that 65% of farmers sold veal as early as possible. However, 61% of farmers sold their
calves for economic reasons, 14 % for technical reasons and 25 % for both economic and technical reasons.
Survey analysis showed the high demand on veal meat due to its unique quality. Technical and economic
pressures on farmers motivate them to sell veal. Buffalo veal chain provides farmers with money to cover their
needs, offers jobs through the whole year. Many butchers and traders prefer to slaughter veal due to the low
price of veal compared with older or heavier cattle. Economic analysis of different alternatives to raise calves
proved the feasibility of using milk replacer compared with cow or buffalo milk. Slaughtering veal, lack of
finance and training programs to raise buffalo calves decreased the contribution of buffaloes in Egyptian meat
market. High demand of veal meat and veal selling decision sustain the veal supply chain around Cairo. This
study confirms that all chain actors and the related enterprises should be considered to set new regulations for
the current veal chain.

Citation:
Amal k. El-Asheeri, S. Abdelghany, Veronique Alary, Christian Corniaux, Mohamed Radwan. (30/11/2017). Characterization of Buffalo Veal Supply Chain in Villages around Cairo. Egyptian journal of animal production, 54 (2), pp. 105-109.
Keywords:
cairo
buffalo
supply chain
veal