About us

A Family owned business since 2002

Cape Eastern Livestock is a livestock marketing and procurement company. Operating from Alexandria in the Eastern Cape and sourcing throughout South Africa, Cape Eastern Livestock has found itself specialising in the dairy industry while concentrating on sales and abattoir marketing of dairy and beef cattle.

We are actively involved in the marketing of slaughter stock to our local and national abattoir. Purchasing of beef weaners for various feeds lots in South Africa and sourcing alternate markets for our clients, is one of many tasks we endeavour.

APAC CERTIFIED

The Agricultural Produce Agents Council regulates the occupations of fresh produce, export and livestock agents.

As registered exporters, Cape Eastern Livestock is involved in direct and indirect export of dairy heifers to other African countries. We also supply our neighbouring provinces with dairy cattle, as well as procuring livestock for clients from all over South Africa.

Cape Eastern Livestock has a team of 20 Employees with top specialist in various sectors of the Livestock industry.

The dedication to the well being of all animals in our care and excellent service to our clients is something we are extremely proud of.

Our team

David Howard

Managing Director
Marketing Consultant & Livestock Specialist

David Howard is the founding member and managing director of Cape Eastern Livestock.

David has over 25 years’ experience in the livestock marketing field and is well respected for his honesty and integrity.  He has a vast knowledge of the different breeds of livestock and their characteristics, whether it be for breeding or slaughter. David has grown up in the Livestock industry as his father John has been and still is a marketing agent for the last 45 years.

Sandra Goosen

Office Administrator

Sandra has been in the Livestock industry for more than 13 years where she worked as an administration clerk. She then went on to gain 16 years experience in the Butchery industry and has hands on experience with the processing and costing of Red Meat, Also gaining extensive knowledge on the meat grading system in South Africa.

A Total of 29 years in the Agricultural and Red Meat industry, where she handled all the Administration and front of house work.

Sandra is committed to professional bookkeeping and understands the Need for Client confidentiality in this field.

Sandra Joined Cape Eastern in 2016 to date.

Dwain Goldsmith

Emergency Vehicle Supervisor
Marketing Consultant & Client Liaison

Dwain is the youngest member of our Marketing team; Dwain grew up on a Sheep and Cattle farm on the Edge of the Eastern Cape Bordering Lesotho. After completing his studies Dwain moved into the field of Technology, but there was always that longing to be back in Agriculture. Dwain then moved on to work with Farmers in the Agricultural Co-op gaining knowledge on the different needs of the farming community.

Dwain joined Cape Eastern in 2018 to date.

Leon Schoombee

Logistics Manager
Marketing Consultant & in house Animal Health Technician

Leon Schoombee entered the Agricultural field in 1995 through the Equine industry. Managing a Thoroughbred Racehorse Stud and training horses for a few years, Leon gained valuable techniques on understanding the ever baffling mind of Animals. Leon then moved on to working with a well known Veterinarian, and gained an extensive knowledge of cattle anatomy and animal husbandry. With an obvious passion for Animals and a need for self betterfication.

Leon then joined a National Agricultural Wholesaler as a Floor Manager and Wholesale Buyer where he honed his Business skills and was able to build a network amongst the local farmers, vendors alike. And gaining extensive knowledge on Veterinary and animal health products.

After 15 years of refining his skill set in the Agricultural business field, Leon joined Cape Eastern Livestock.

Leon Joined Cape Eastern in 2010 to date.

Cape Eastern Livestock Timeline

2002

Cape Eastern Livestock Trust Established by David Howard

2003

First Dispersal Auction was held in association with Stock Owners

2004

First Dairy Production Auction Held in association with Stock Owners

2004

John Howard joined Cape Eastern Livestock

2005

First Large Farm Sale and Total Dairy Production Auction

2005

Auction & Cattle handling facilities erected on leased ground.

2005

First EXPORT of Holstein Heifers on 00 Code to Botswana

2005

Agreement with Buiatrica Farming established for indirect Exports

2006

Cape Eastern Livestock CC was registered and the Trust was discontinued.

2006

First Indirect Export of Jersey Heifers started to Mozambique

2007

Indirect Export to Angola & Congo of Dairy & Beef Cattle

2010

Contracted to Supply Triple A beef with weaners

2012

Indirect Export to Zimbabwe

2013

Skylark Logistics division of Cape Eastern was formed for Sub-contracting

2015

Registered as an Independent Exporter & Importer

2015

Emergency Slaughter Vehicles was introduced

2015

Cape Eastern Livestock Depot was purchased

2016

APAC Certification achieved. The Agricultural Produce Agents Council regulates the occupations of fresh produce, export and livestock agents and maintain and enhance the status and dignity of those occupations and the integrity of persons practicing those occupations, according to Section 9, Agricultural Produce Agents Act, 12 of 1992.  View certificate

2019

Visit to China as one of the representatives with Sarah Bartman District Municipality and attended the Import/Export Conference in Shanghai.