Kusto Group’s Kazbeef Expands its Production Capabilities with New Processing Plant in Akmola Region
Kusto Group's subsidiary, Kazbeef, has ambitious plans to make Kazakhstan a world leader in the production and export of high-quality beef products.
To achieve their goal of providing a superior beef product to the local Kazakh market and beyond, Kusto Group has expanded the current operations of its subsidiary, Kazbeef, in the Akmola region with the official opening of a new meat processing plant. This new facility is the first of its kind in the country, making Kazbeef Kazakhstan's only producer of marbled beef, raised free of hormones and antibiotics. Yerkin Tatishev, Kusto Group's chairman, called the new facility a 'welcome development' towards the organization's pursuit of achieving its ambitious goals.
Elevating Standards of Quality
When Kusto Group, a multi-sector global enterprise, formed Kazbeef, they had ambitions to create a large world-class enterprise by providing a unique product never seen before in the Kazakh market. The company began its pursuit of this mission by importing Angus and Hereford breeding stock from the United States. These cattle breeds are known globally for their ability to adapt to diverse natural environments and for consistently producing quality beef products.
The production of Kazbeef's high-quality beef product was made possible by adopting innovative breeding and livestock rearing technology. The company has introduced the use of this technology to its operations by establishing partnership ventures with industry-leading American livestock companies.
Since its inception, Kazbeef has sought to introduce modern, best practices farming techniques to the Kazakh agricultural sector. The company has embraced state-of-the-art farming methods, helping to elevate industry-wide standards and establish a world-class production process in Kazakhstan.
The company follows a field to table philosophy - vertically integrating production, thereby providing oversight to every step of the production process to ensure the final product meets the highest standards of quality. The cattle rearing and fattening techniques used by Kazbeef have been pioneered by leading American agricultural engineers and give the company's beef a unique, tasty flavor. The regimen includes a 180-day grain fattening period to achieve a superior marbling of the beef, adding to its tenderness and juiciness.
New Akmola Plant Increases Kazbeef's Production Capacity
Kazbeef emphasizes quality-control with a systematic approach to assure product safety at all stages of livestock breeding, raising and processing. Utilizing this high-tech, data-driven approach to livestock production has allowed Kazbeef to become the first producer of grain-fed beef in northern Kazakhstan. The new processing facility in Akmola is a significant step forward in the company's mission to make Kazakhstan one of the leading producers of high-quality beef in the world.
The new plant will increase Kazbeef's storage capacity to 6,000 tons of beef per year. This facility marks a crucial development for the company. Scaling up its production capabilities enables the Kazbeef to deliver more high-quality meat products to consumers at lower prices. Kazbeef currently has 120,000 hectares of pastureland in the Akmola region alone. This land supports 5,000 head of Angus and Hereford cattle.
According to Yerkin Tatishev, "We [Kusto Group and Kazbeef] aim to play a central role in boosting the country's ability to not only provide more home-grown produce to the domestic market but export Kazakh beef across the globe. The new plant at Akmola region is a welcome development towards achieving this goal."
Kazakhstan: Land of Agricultural Potential
Kazakhstan, the homeland of Kusto Group's founding members, is geographically, historically and economically well placed to become a global agricultural leader. The country is strategically and centrally located between two continents - Asia and Europe - and at the crossroads of historic and contemporary trade routes. As the ninth largest country in the world, Kazakhstan has vast stretches of wide-open fertile land ideal for agricultural development and animal husbandry.
The country's continental climate provides the optimum temperature variations and precipitation levels necessary for raising cattle. When speaking about his native Kazakhstan, Tatishev said, "I also see a lot of untapped potential to make the country one of the world's agricultural and animal rearing powerhouses. The basic ingredients are there and now we need to make use of the best technology and investment to make it a reality."
From selecting and raising the best breeds of beef cattle to instituting a first-class production process, quality has always been the top priority for Kazbeef and its parent company - Kusto Group. The company aspires to continue to transform the historic Kazakh cattle industry into a modern-day powerhouse - providing the highest quality beef products for the local and global markets.