Livestock investments in Thailand

Livestock investments in Thailand

Livestock investments in Thailand

Cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, and bioreactor livestock investment opportunities in Thailand

Livestock is domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce commodities such as food, fiber, and labor. The term is often used to refer solely to those raised for food, and sometimes only farmed ruminants. The breeding, maintenance, and slaughter of these animals, known as animal husbandry, is a component of modern agriculture. Livestock is a key source of food for the world, making it a coveted investing product for some. The term “livestock” includes domesticated animals that are raised to produce various commodities. That list includes, but is not limited to pigs, cattle, chicken, and farmed fish among many others.

Thailand’s livestock is divided into roughly  6 million cattle (cows), 240 million chickens (broilers, poultry), 45,000 sheep, 8 million pigs (hogs), 7 million water buffalos, and 400,000 goats. Thailand’s livestock economy still lags behind the international standards, nearly in each stage of the livestock value chain. Just as an example, most of the animals are sold to middlemen who then sell them to slaughterhouses. They are not sold directly to slaughterhouses by farmers because of Buddhist beliefs about bad karma arising from the killing of large animals.

No-kill, lab-grown meat alternative

Eat Just: Singapore’s regulatory allowance of real, high-quality meat created directly from animal cells for human consumption paves the way for a breakthrough or game-changer for the global food industry. marketed as a safer, more secure global food supply, it is still surprising that the application of animal cell culture technology already resulted in the development of food products. The developer Eat Just, Inc., a private company headquartered in San Francisco, California, sells the products under the brand “GOOD Meat”. 

Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, differ significantly from plant-based meat options, because it is, instead, grown from animal muscle cells in a laboratory. The development can be hailed as a landmark moment across the meat industry, or as a disgusting aberration into a plastic future. The product will be significantly more expensive than conventional chicken until production was scaled up, but would ultimately be cheaper. Not suitable for everybody. 

Thailand could be a pretty attractive location for bioreactor food ventures, following recent superfood developments. Additional information, including investment promotion by Thailand’s Board of Investment, are available on request.

Legal support and assistance for innovative livestock ventures in Thailand

PUGNATORIUS Ltd. is a renowned investment law firm in Bangkok. It advises and assists foreign investors in Thai livestock, above all, in these steps:

  • Legal aspects of the acquisition of livestock in Thailand or from abroad, including setting-up of an appropriate investment structure.
  • Legal aspects of farmland and contractual arrangements with farmers and supporting staff.
  • Acquisition of a cattle ranch, pig farm or chicken ranch.
  • Development of a sophisticated keeping and breeding strategy and monitoring of continuous compliance with contractual obligations.
  • Slaughtering. cutting, processing, and trade of milk, meat, and eggs.
  • Export agreements to the investor’s home country, retail, and institutional and household consumption

Apart from agricultural investments, the livestock sector in Thailand is significant in importance to the wider economy. Investments in abattoir and processing facilities, commercial ranching and feedlot, butcher equipment, and improved breeding services might benefit from governmental investment promotion.

PUGNATORIUS Ltd. appreciates discussing with foreign investors their willingness for agriculture and livestock investments in Thailand. Such an investment could be combined with a livestock crowdfarming venture.


Do you consider a market entry or market exit in Thailand’s livestock industry? Talk to PUGNATORIUS for comprehensive and highly efficient transaction support to get the deal done. Please e-mail, message or call us using the details set out on the top of this page. 

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