MONDAY: 23 May 2022

  • 10H00 – Visit Feather factory – Mr. Peter Liebenberg
  • 12h00 – Visit the Ostrich Business Centre – Dr. Adriaan Olivier (Animal Health)
  • Lunch Imporium Restaurant at the Ostrich Business Centre
  • 15H00 – Overview of the Ostrich Industry and CAPE KAROO – Dr. Francois de Wet

TUESDAY: 24 May 2022

  • 10H00 – Mostrich Abbatoir Mosselbay (Info session plus visit factory) – Mr. Ollie Taljaard
  • 12H00 – Tannery at Mosstrich – Mr. Cobus Brink
  • 13h30 – Lunch at the beachfront

WEDNESDAY: 25 May 2022

  • 10h30 – Highgate Ostrich Farm Tour – Mr. Ben VD Merve (Guide)
  • – Visit the breeder room
  • – See the 3 different species of ostriches
  • – Feeding the ostriches under the peppertree
  • – Visit the factory where we manufacture small products of ostrich feathers and skin
  • – Enjoy something cool at the kiosk
  • – Visit the showroom with all type of ostrich products.
  • 12H00– Having Lunch at Highgate
  • 14h00 – Organized agriculture and how the ostrich industry can benefit from that. Mr. Laubscher Coetzee (Agri WC and SA representative)
  • 16H00 – Feeding ostriches in the camps, time to take nice pictures of how we are feeding the birds on a normal working day on the farm.



Mr. Peter Liebenberg

Manager: Feather Division of Cape Karoo International. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience in the processing and export of ostrich feathers and ostrich feather products such as feather dusters


Mr. Cobus Brink

Manager: Finishing and Dyeing at Cape Karoo’s Mossel Bay ostrich leather tannery. More than 30 years’ experience in the finishing and dyeing of ostrich leather for the global market. Ostrich leather is used for boots, handbags, and small leather goods.


Dr. Francois De Wet

Managing Director of Cape Karoo International, with 24 years’ experience in the Ostrich industry. The company has 4 ostrich and game abattoirs, 2 ostrich and crocodile leather tanneries and a feather processing plant.


Mr. Ollie Taljaard

Abattoir Manager: Responsible for the Cape Karoo ostrich and venison abattoir in Mossel Bay. More than 30 years’ experience at different abattoirs, and abattoir manager in Mossel Bay for more than 24 years. The abattoir was EU approved in 1998 and has exported ostrich meat to the EU ever since.


The ostrich industry is predominantly situated in the Western Cape Province The industry can be regarded as a mature industry from the perspective of growth potential. The maturity is brought about by the industry production volume targets of approximately 250 000 birds slaughtered annually in order to limit the supply to markets and thus maintain the exclusivity of the products, South Africa has seven abattoirs currently approved by the EU for the export of ostrich meat. The industry is based almost entirely on export income with meat sold in euro and leather sold in US dollar. With the lack of volume growth in production, black economic empowerment in the ostrich industry can only take place through replacement of current primary producers and new processing facilities will create further surplus capacity in the industry. It is generally accepted that ostriches require dry climates, specifically for breeding. In this regard, ostrich farming seems to be more suitable in the western drier parts of South Africa or in winter rainfall regions where the dry summer season coincides with the breeding season. The Klein Karoo is the traditional home of the ostrich industry and Oudtshoorn is rightfully called the ostrich capital of the world based on the number of ostriches slaughtered and the value add products emanating from the Oudtshoorn district.



The value adding to the ostrich is well developed to the extent that almost no waste is generated. Besides the meat and leather as main products and feathers as secondary product, the industry yields by-products through value adding to infertile eggs and waste from the carcass.


Currently meat constitutes the major source of income from the ostrich. A slaughter ostrich yields a carcass with cold mass of approximately 43 kg. From the carcass, approximately 16 kg of export meat and 15,5 kg other meat is obtained. The non-export meat is used to manufacture ostrich meat products such as sausages, patties and mince.


Ostrich leather is made from the skin of the carcass as well as the leg skins. The high value leather is obtained from the back of the ostrich. Leather from older birds (thicker with pronounced nodules) are used for boots and upholstery whilst younger leather (thinner with less pronounced nodules) are more suitable for garments. The leg skins which has a scaled appearance such as crocodile or snake skin are used for the manufacture of shoes and accessories.


Feather income is obtained from the slaughter birds as well as the breeding birds. The feather yield is approximately 1,36 kg per bird. After plucking, the feathers are sorted and sold mostly as decorative items. Feathers that can not be sold for decoration are used to manufacture feather dusters.


A female breeding bird lays on average 65 eggs per season of which approximately half is infertile. The infertile eggs are sold in the tourism market as whole shell eggs, decoupage eggs and egg shells carved in patterns as ornaments or for novel uses such as lamp shades.

Pet Food

The offal from the ostrich carcass (intestines and tendons) is used for the manufacture of pet food. The tendons are used to manufacture dog chews, a popular product in Britain since the incidence of BSE.


The ostrich fat is used to extract oil, a sought after product for the cosmetic industry.

Show Farms

The ostrich show farms in the Oudtshoorn district are well established tourism destinations. Oudtshoorn ranks in the top five tourism destinations in South Africa and tours to Oudtshoorn includes a visit to ostrich show farms.


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