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Boustead Beef Zimbabwe

We are a fully integrated beef company, aiming to produce the highest quality meat for Zimbabwean consumers and the world at large, from beginning to end. We commit resources to not only our staff but also local communities, with a view to sustainably and positively impact the environment in which we do business.

Boustead Beef - Cold Storage Company of Zimbabwe

In March 2019, an agreement was reached between the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Boustead Beef (Pvt) Ltd, for Boustead Beef to acquire the Cold Storage Company, Zimbabwe’s largest meat producer. With facilities in all the major centers of Zimbabwe, including 4 certified abattoirs, a meat processing and canning factory, a tannery, and numerous ranches and feedlots, the Cold Storage Company was the largest beef producer in Southern Africa.
Boustead Beef will also refurbish all its ranches, and embark on a restocking program, and working with local communities, will introduce new DNA into the herds, through breeding programs. The redevelopment of the national herd is paramount to the success of the beef industry in Zimbabwe.
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Beef is Our Business

At Boustead Beef, we aspire to be Zimbabwe’s trusted supplier of meat products and set the benchmark for excellence in the local meat industry.
Boustead Beef intends to embark on a rehabilitation and refurbishment program, to modernize the full beef process chain, from the calf through to plate.
A long-term perspective is essential to how we operate, ensuring that we consider the long-term impact of everything we do. It is a philosophy that motivates us to reduce our environmental footprint, prioritise safety, and benefit the communities in which we work.

Our Services

We procure livestock from reputable local and regional producers, source feed directly from mills and farmers, produce our own scientifically formulated feed and can provide custom feeding services to cattle feeders without an established feedlot.

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The Key to Fighting Climate Change

Boustead Beef aims to be completely 100% carbon neutral by 2025 and is taking the appropriate measures to combat climate change.

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Know your Beef Cuts


Beef is the name given to meat obtained from the carcasses of cattle. It is one of the principal meats used in the cuisine of Australia, Europe, and America, and is also important in Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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Neck Chuck & Blade Thick Rib Brisket Shin Fore/Prime Rib Thin Rib Sirloin Fillet Top Sirloin Flank Rump Silverside Topside Thick Flank Leg Oxtail


A very tasty cut, neck meat consists mostly of meat, with some connective tissue that becomes gelatinous during cooking. The meat can be minced or cubed, with bones used for the stockpot.

Chuck & Blade

This cut from the base of the neck is one that can be extremely tasty whole or sliced. It has a high proportion of connective tissue. It can be a bit tough, but slow cooking means that it will fall off the bone and be tender.
Recommended Methods:
(2) Pot Roasting.

This cut comes from the shoulder of the forequarter and is best used in dishes that you cook with a liquid such as stock, red wine, and beer. It has a rich deep flavour and is used in many traditional French dishes where slow cooking and simple ingredients are required.
Recommended Methods:
(2) Stewing
(3) Braising.

Thick Rib

Typically sold as braising steak. This cut is somewhat tenderer than stewing steak and is ideal for use in casseroles, stews, and for braising.
Clod - this is an economical cut that is a flavourful, but is much less tender meat. Cut from the middle of the shoulder this is usually sold as stewing steak or used in burgers. This cut is suitable for slow cooking in stews.


The cut contains breast bone and a few ribs. It is divided into the point brisket, mid-brisket, and navel end. The texture of the meat is coarse.

Brisket roll – Pot-roast, aluminum foil or cooking bag
Flat, trimmed brisket (Pastrami) – Boil, as for corned beef
Sliced with/without bone (1,5cm) – Braise


Contains a large proportion of bone and white connective tissue that contribute to the taste. The collagen in the meat turns to soft gelatine while cooking, keeping the meat extremely tender.

Fore/Prime Rib

Prime rib is juicy, tender, and marbled with fat. Its tenderness comes from muscles that aren't heavily used, and it stays juicy because of its fat. Grilling or roasting are both suitable cooking methods that will brown and melt the tasty fat on the outside – but take care not to overcook the inside.

Thin Rib

Contains a few ribs in a triangular shape (short rib). The rest of the cut is boneless and covered with a thick layer of connective tissue, remove prior to cooking.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Parboil the ribs, marinade, and then put on the Braai
(2) Braise in a liquid-like stock, wine, or beer.


This cut is one of the more popular steaks in Zimbabwe. It is characterised by a strip of fat on the outside. The meat is tender with a fine texture and is often ‚aged‚ further in vacuum bags for up to 3 weeks to increase the tenderness. It can also be sliced as steaks on the bone, these are called Junior T-Bone steak and T- Bone steak (with fillet)

Recommended Methods:
(1) 2-3cm thick steaks Grilled on a skillet or on the Braai at a high heat
(2) Roasted Whole as a delicious Roast Beef.


This meat, extremely versatile in culinary terms, is situated internally behind the sirloin. Being the most tender cut of beef, it is widely used in restaurants and is known for being more expensive than other cuts.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Whole-Roasted Steaks 2-3cm thick-Pan fried,
(2) Grilled or Braaied at high heat.

Top Sirloin

Also Known as Boneless Sirloin Butt Steak; Boneless Top Sirloin Steak; Loin, Top Sirloin Butt Steak, Boneless; Sirloin Butt Steak; Top Sirloin Butt Center-Cut Steak; Top Sirloin Butt Steak, Boneless; Top Sirloin Steak Boneless Cap Off; Top Sirloin Steak Cap Off


This cut is usually minced to go into Mince or Burger patties but is also used for different types of Boerewors. It can also be trimmed and cut into thin Flank steaks. The meat has a coarse texture but distinct flavour that is revered in various cuisines around the world. Recommended Method: Steaks-Fried, Grilled, or braaied over medium heat.


Although this is a prime cut, it’s often cheaper than fillet or sirloin, because it’s not quite as tender. However many say that it has a far superior flavour than sirloin or fillet. Rump is suitable for quick cooking such as frying, stir-fry, grilling, and barbecuing.


This cut is located on the inside of the buttock and is called silverside due to a shiny membrane that encases the whole primal cut. The top part of the silverside, closest to the rump is known as the Aitchbone, this is often used for Roasting.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Aitchbone for Roasting, (2) Tenderized steaks for braaing and grilling, (3) Beef Schnitzel, (4)Prego, (5) Steak Rolls, (6) Biltong.


A versatile cut that is most used in making lean mince as well as Tenderized Steak and Roast Beef. It is generally a lean cut of beef that can also be used in the manufacturing of sausages and types of boerewors.

Recommended Methods:
(1) Roasting
(2) Mince for Burgers
(3) Meatballs etc
(4) Boerewors on the braai

Thick Flank

typically sold as braising steak. This cut is somewhat tenderer than stewing steak and is ideal for use in casseroles, stews, and for braising.


Beef shin is prepared from the bottom portion of either the front or rear leg. As this cut comes from a working muscle, it contains a high amount of connective tissue. This tissue breaks down when prepared using slow, moist cooking methods such as casseroling and braising. These impart a rich, full-bodied flavour and melt in your mouth texture.


one of the most, flavoursome and inexpensive cuts of beef. Oxtail is most often sold cut into the individual vertebra. Long and slow braising it will release their excellent rich flavour.