Bonsmara bull sold for record price of R4,4 million

A Bonsmara bull recently set a new South African record when he was sold for R4,4 million. The bull, LAR 19 373, was characterised by outstanding conformation, a strong head and exceptional depth, said Louis Steyl, CEO of Bonsmara SA.

Bonsmara bull sold for record price of R4,4 million
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The bull was also early maturing.

The bull was sold by Up George Bonsmaras in KZN to Sebadja Bonsmaras in Marble Hall. 

Steyl said LAR 19 373 encompassed the values of the Bonsmara as a truly African breed, which was developed under African conditions for beef cattle producers in the region. 

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LAR 19 373’s sire, LFR 15 032, was bred from Bosveld bloodlines by Leon Riekert, and the combination of these lines with the LAR lines had resulted in the exceptional genetics of LAR 19 373, Steyl said.

“Due to the strict focus on functionally efficient animals such as LAR 19 373, the Bonsmara became the dominant breed 25 years after its establishment in 1964. Today, the Bonsmara still has the biggest commercial base in South Africa,” Steyl added. 

Another Up George bull was sold for R2 million at the same auction, which was held on 7 July in KwaZulu-Natal. The bull was sold to Ons Tuiste Bonsmaras in Rustenburg.

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Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.