About Us

The Karan Beef story

Karan Beef is one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of beef products and continuously sets the benchmark for excellence in the local beef industry. Karan Beef is committed to adhering to the highest productivity, hygiene, housekeeping and general maintenance standards.


    Our upgraded abattoir in Balfour, Mpumalanga, uses the most advanced technology and is one of the most modern facilities of its kind in Africa, with a capacity to process up to 2 040 head of cattle daily.

    At Karan Beef, we believe in humane slaughtering and have implemented strict systems that comply with the most stringent international standards.

    Our Abattoir facility comprises of:

    • Slaughter floor
    • Deboning hall
    • Meat processing
    • Offal processing and packing
    • By-products
    • Cold storage facility
    • Primal/Factory Shop

    We conduct ongoing audits and have a zero-tolerance for sub-standard hygiene practices. As a result, we are able to minimise any risk of bacterial cross contamination throughout our abattoir.

    Every carcass is electronically stimulated, steam-vacuumed and pH-monitored to ensure the consistently high standard of our beef. Once the cattle are slaughtered and dressed, a certain percentage is sold as swinging sides and the balance is moved to our deboning plant and meat processing facility, where we produce various beef products.

    We make optimal use of the whole animal including the fifth quarter. The animal hides are sold off for further value adding. Our by-products plant produces blood meal, carcass meal and tallow used in pharmaceutical products and as additives for pet foods.

    Our powerful network database allows us to track slaughtered animals back from the abattoir to their farms of origin, providing breeders with valuable feedback on their cattle.

    All health inspections during the slaughtering process are conducted by the meat inspection division of South Africa's national Department of Agriculture, allowing us to meet demanding international food safety standards and maintain our export status.


    Our deboning plant is situated alongside our slaughter floor and processes up to 300 tons of deboned product per shift. The result is a full range of primal cuts for major supermarket chains, caterers, hotels, restaurants, butchers and other retail outlets.

    All our products are vacuum-packed, and selected products are aged before distribution. Our upgraded deboning department meets international standards and adheres to our latest FSSC certification. The department runs the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), which is implemented throughout the plant.

    We are currently approved to export to:

    • The People's Republic of China
    • Hong Kong
    • Malaysia
    • The United Arab Emirates
    • The State of Kuwait
    • The State of Qatar
    • The Kingdom of Bahrain
    • The Sultanate of Oman
    • The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    • The Arab Republic of Egypt
    • The Republic of Mauritius
    • Seychelles
    • The Republic of Maldives
    • All of Africa
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