Egg farmer scoops Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year award

Johan van der Schyff, an egg farmer from Plettenberg Bay, has been named as the Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year at a recent function held at Eensgezind, just outside Durbanville.

Egg farmer scoops Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year award
Johan van der Schyff, an egg farmer from Plettenberg Bay, is the Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year.
Photo: Jeandré van der Walt
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Johan van der Schyff, an egg farmer from Plettenberg Bay, has been named Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year at a recent function held at Eensgezind, just outside Durbanville.

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Johan (36) has been farming for 18 years on the farm JJ van der Schyff and Sons with Angoras, Merinos and lamb feeding systems.

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The most significant branch, however, is egg production with an egg distribution depot. In 2006, he also expanded his egg production to Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape.

Currently, Van der Schyff runs about 470 000 layer hens and distributes one million dozen eggs a month.

According to Van der Schyff, his future priority is not to grow bigger but to farm smarter and more efficiently.

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“I want to establish the farm as the preferred egg supplier in the Western and Eastern Cape and want to deliver quality and service to our clients,” he says.

He also exports eggs to Namibia and Angola and supplies various chain stores.

He said he was up against some fierce competition and that it’s humbling to receive this prestigious award.

“Young farmers are the future and the survival of our country,” he said.

Other finalists were Fourie Zulch of Ceres, Ian Cunningham of Elgin, Nicolaas Jonker of Bonnievale, Stephan Basson of Malmesbury and Wessel van Dyk of Napier.

Van der Schyff will represent the Western Cape in the Toyota Agri SA National Young Farmer of the Year competition later this year.

Jeandré Du Preez is the newest addition to the Farmer’s Weekly team. Originating from a Riversdal farming family, she has farming in her blood. After school she furthered her studies at Stellenbosch and has been working as an agricultural journalist for the past two years. She says she feels privileged to write about an industry paramount to the survival of all South Africans and is inspired by the innovative solutions with which the farming community bridges the many challenges they face. She enjoys being able to combine work with travel and appreciates the modesty and friendliness with which South Africa’s farmers share their accomplishments. She enjoys being able to combine work with travel and appreciates the modesty and friendliness with which South Africa’s farmers share their accomplishments. If she is not writing or visiting farms, you’ll find her relaxing with a good mystery novel or exploring her other passions: travelling and cooking.