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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Di Pardo

Magazine Render. Publication about the Chambers of all WRO partner countries

The Cámara de Subproductos Ganaderos (Chamber of Livestock By-products) was founded in 1921. It is a nonprofit organization, which has had different activity cycles in its 100 years of life and has participated in animal by-product markets. We are part of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and represent 30 partner companies, some of which have integrated supply chains that add value to raw materials by transforming them into food, soap, oleochemicals, pet food and biofuels. The chamber is composed of processors and producers of varying sizes.

In 2019, together with Brazilian and Mexican organizations, we signed the incorporation of CLIRSA, which is the Consejo Latinoamericano de la Industria del Reciclaje de Subproductos Animales, AC (Latin American Council for the Anima By-products Recycling Industry Inc.). We have held four congresses in our country and attendance has grown year after year. Industry professionals, public bodies related to the industry, companies that manufacture equipment for the sector and specialized technicals from five continents have participated in them.

Argentina is on of the largest producers of cattle in South America, with world-renowned high-quality meat. Recycling plants have greatly contributed to the environment by complying with international standards regarding liquids, gases and noises.

In November, Argentina´s Health Service, SENASA (National Service for Agri-Food Health and Quality) will host a European delegation that will inspect exporting plants - further supporting the country as an exporter of raw materials, highly demanded for its contribution to animal nutrition and to the environment by means of renewable fuels.

Some 280,000 metric tons of tallow and 250,000 tons of meat and bone meal are obtained every year, together with the waste from pig and poultry slaughtering. The are processed in recycling plants from slaughterhouses and in over 25 external rendering plants and then used in the domestic market and for export.

Throughout 2022, the activity of the sector was limited, subjected to and affected by weather conditions (extreme droughts in high-production areas), together with problems caused by economic policy limiting meat exports, resulting in a drop in cattle production and, consequently, in limited raw material to process in those plants. In spite of that, importan exports to Europe and the U.S. have continued since the end of last year, to participate in the production of biobased diesel.

Most recycling companies have unmet investment needs to incorporate new technologies that allow us to be more efficient in order to comply with global standards regarding the environment, energy savings, the preservation of raw material quality to be processed, and to promote the export of overstock to international markets (protein for poultry feeds and tallow).

By the end of this year, general elections are scheduled to be held in Argentina. We hope there are some major changes in our economy that allow our activity in general to grow, so that our offer of basic and value-added products related to the recycling of waste from animal slaughtering for human consumption can grow.

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