Morocco's first modern feedlot should push up grain use

by Emily Wilson
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WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Morocco soon will have its first modern feedlot, according to the U.S. Grains Council, which is providing technical support for the project.

COPAG, a Moroccan integrated dairy and feed milling operation, will work with the Council to build the facility, which will raise both dairy and beef cattle. In the process, COPAG’s grain consumption is expected to increase by more than 300%, according to German Davalos, the Council’s regional director for the Mediterranean and Africa.

"COPAG currently uses 3,000 tonnes of grain per year, but when the feedlot is completed we expect that level to increase to at least 10,000 tonnes," Davalos said. "Overall, Morocco currently imports 1 million tonnes of (coarse) grain, mostly for the poultry sector."

Construction on the feedlot will begin in the first quarter of 2003.