Angus bull sold for a record R140 000

Mequatling Smokin’ Jo (WB 15 306), a Black Angus bull, was sold for R140 000, a new SA record for the breed, at the recent Mequatling Red and Black Angus 50th production auction in Clocolan in the Free State.

Angus bull sold for a record R140 000
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The previous record – R130 000 – was set by Mequatling Banger in 2012, according to Mequatling Red and Black Angus breeder, Philip Barnard.

Smokin’ Jo’s sire is HF Kodiak 5R and its dam is Mequatling Lassie 9003. Kodiak’s semen was imported from Hamilton Farms near Calgary in the US.

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In growth tests, Smokin’ Jo scanned the highest of 116 bulls, with a dressing percentage of 67%. He achieved an average daily weight gain of 136, and a feed efficiency index of 116.

“The Angus is the world’s largest beef breed, with superior beef marbling, a good reproduction record and no horns,” Barnard said.

The buyer was Monty Chiepe of Botswana, CEO and breeder principal of Impact Genetics, a livestock genetics company focused on the African continent.

A total of 46 red and black bulls were sold for an average of R61 000, while 47 red and black cows achieved an average of R31 000.

The most expensive cow, Mequatling Modern Mama, was sold to RN Bouwer Farms, Paarl, for R90 000.

The auction was presented by SHM Auctioneers and the auctioneer was Andrew Miller. More than 400 people attended the event, according to Barnard.

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Siyanda Sishuba has a degree in broadcast journalism. She graduated in 2010 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape. She is passionate about the environment and agriculture. Siyanda grew up in Whittlesea and has seen how climate change and invasive species are affecting farmers in her community. She’s worked at the Weekend Post, a local newspaper in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape. Thereafter she landed herself a job at Debt Management Consultants in East London, writing articles for company’s newsletter. She then moved to Johannesburg to work for the Department of Environmental Affairs Biosecurity Advocacy Unit