Organised supply chains in meat production are limited in Pakistan. The meat sector is dominated by small holder farmers employing traditional practices in livestock rearing and affecting the quality of meat supplied to the meat processors. The outcome is not only undesired carcass ratios for export but also meat that is untraceable in terms of the medical and feeding history of the animal.
Feedlots are a source of a consistent supply of quality animals which makes them an important intermediary in the organized meat supply chain. Although there has been a rise in commercial farming for meat production, feedlot-fattening farms currently in existence are miniscule.
One of the prime reasons is procurement of the traditionally raised livestock not being able to achieve the desired feed conversions on the feedlot. If the feedlot changes its sourcing hub from the livestock market to the farmer, it can procure a better quality animal suitable for fattening, reduce the costs associated with feed finishing and supply desired carcass ratios to the processors. On the other hand small farmers can be encouraged to invest in their meat animals by having a consistent and rewarding buyer.