The pride of Japan is already being cultivated in Hungary

At the end of August, Minister of Agriculture István Nagy handed over one of the most modern meat plants in Hungary on the border of Hajdúszoboszló. The greenfield investment related to Hortobágy – Faluvéghalmi Mezőgazdasági Kft. Cost about HUF 1.4 billion, of which HUF 500 million was financed by government support, writes Civishir.hu. With the construction of a meat processing plant capable of processing up to two thousand cattle a year, the owner wanted to reduce his dependence on buyers, as by building the entire vertical, they could already have the product on their way from pasture to consumer cuisine.

“From farmland to the table. Representing this approach, we came up with the idea that we farm on a total of 1,100 hectares of pasture within the umbrella of the acquired Ltd. let’s deal with it, ”said Imre Katona, the managing director of Hortobágy – Faluvéghalmi Mezőgazdasági Kft. (who is also the owner of Aqua-General Kft. in Hajdúszoboszló) at the handover of the plant.

The special feature of the plant, which employs about 14 people, in addition to its state-of-the-art machines, including smoking, maturing and pickling, is that it uses no fossil energy at all. For operation, a 3,000-square-foot solar park will provide power for the 1,250-square-foot plant.

Perhaps the best beef in the world

One of the cattle in the world, if not the best quality meat, is the wagyu from Japan. Its uniqueness stems from the fact that this variety stores its fat reserves among its muscle fibers, so its meat remains buttery even after frying. In addition, the meat of wagyu contains 30 percent more simple unsaturated fatty acids than the best quality European varieties.

Two wagyu cattle on the farm in Hajdúság.

Picture: Ministry of Agriculture, Csaba Pelsőczy

Imre Katona owns a unique herd of cattle in Hungary, which is one of the most important breeds in Europe. It has a herd of about 200 suckler cows and 50 other animals of the same sex and age, and has 45 implanted embryos.

According to the farmer, the demand for super-premium wagyu super premium meat in Europe is already huge. He was also interested in a foreign company that would have bought their entire slaughter volume on its own.

Cattle on the farm in Hajdúság.

Cattle on the farm in Hajdúság.

Picture: Ministry of Agriculture, Csaba Pelsőczy

Increasing sales, decreasing profit

Hortobágy – Faluvéghalmi Mezőgazdasági Kft. Was founded in 1992. In the last five years, the number of employees has increased from 15 to 27. The Opten.hu According to the latest data, its net sales in 2020 were more than HUF 196 million, which represents a 20 percent increase compared to the previous year. Profit before tax was 65.5 million in the same year, down 53 percent from 2019.


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