Suriname’s largest breeding company for beef cattle is on the peninsula flanked by the Commewijne and Suriname rivers.
to statistics, N.V. Verenigde Cultuur Maatschappijen is proud of its position as the most significant breeding company for beef cattle in Suriname. In addition to the 5,600 cattle, divided over 53 herds (45 – 600 animals per herd), there are also 20 water buffaloes, 16 horses, 600 sheep, and goats.
We have improved our livestock by sorting out the weaker genes because of our focus on quality and the import of Brahman breeding bulls (zebu) from the United States. The quality of both male and female livestock has improved throughout the years. Our “crème de la crème,” or the “pick of the herd,” is ambling on Plantation Rust en Werk. We have 18 unique herds, each consisting of 1 breeding bull and 25 selected cows. We invite you to take our rural tour to see our herds.
Since there is still no national livestock registration, the company has developed its system for ear-tag numbers and an inter-herd system to record all available data per animal. Thus we can manage our company more efficiently and maintain a strict discipline regarding veterinary care and administration (measuring is knowing).
The production herds are sorted twice per year, whereby the yearlings (female bovine animals, as of 6 months) and bulls are removed. The female bovine animals are also checked for gestation status. Based on age, weight, possible defects, and the interim period between calving (time between the birth of 2 calves), it is decided whether she will be removed from the production herd. When a female bovine animal of lesser quality is in calf and unsuitable for further production, she is relegated to the “herd of elderly cattle” to rear her calf. Once the calf is weaned, the cow can be sent to slaughter. There are no breeding bulls among the young stock and specific herds.
We welcome, on average, 1,500 births per year, of which 92-94% remain with the cow. The other calves are placed in our calf-rearing barn, where several dairy cows will look after 3-5 calves each. Our rural tour will also take you past this barn.
The weaned young animals are returned to the corral when they are about 2.5 years old. They are weighed, and the ear tags are replaced (retagged) if needed. The uterus of female bovines is also examined. Based on the bloodlines, weight, temper, overall appearance of the animal, and color, it is decided whether the animal will be sold for slaughter, sold to a third party, or incorporated in specific production herds.
Every week, the Johan Alfred, a pontoon especially constructed for VCM, sets out to the Plantation with cargo and returns to Paramaribo with live animals for slaughter at the slaughterhouse.
We offer you healthy meat in our 3 VCM Butcher Shops in Paramaribo.
Our beef and mutton are 100% grass-fed. This means that our herds are fed only grass and herbs without the addition of antibiotics or growth hormones. This gives the meat a unique flavor and texture you will not find elsewhere.
Our butcher shops offer a wide range of meats. Our meats are top quality and are carefully selected and processed for you to prepare excellent meals in your home.
Drop by one of our butcher shops in Paramaribo and discover the unparalleled taste and quality of our grass-fed beef and mutton. Or place your order via our website at www.winkel.vcm.sr and have it delivered to your home. Our passion for meat you will taste in every bite you take! More info on VCM Butcher Shops is available at: www.vcm.sr
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Contact us via:
- Phone: +597 484071
- WhatsApp: +597 8125250
- Email: email@example.com
- Opening hours VCM Office:
- Mondays through Fridays, from 8 am to 4 pm / Saturdays, from 8 am to 12 pm / Closed on Sundays and public holidays