Simbra bull sets new SA record of R550 000

The Simbra bull JM 18 022 (‘JacMar Buffel’) recently set a new South African record for the breed when he was sold for R550 000.

Simbra bull sets new SA record of R550 000
The Simbra bull JM 18 022 set a new South African record when he was sold for R550 000.
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The bull was sold by Jaco Maré of JacMar Simbras in Hartbeesfontein to Francois Wehmeyer of Lermar Farming in Grahamstown at the recent Simbra Spring Showcase sale held in Parys, Free State.

Maré described the bull as “magnificent”, with outstanding width and length.

“Buffel comes from an extremely successful bloodline that personifies the characteristics of the Simbra breed. His estimated breeding values are far beyond average.

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Buyers are prepared to pay exceptional prices for top-class genetics because of the breed’s rapid growth, hybrid vigour, heat tolerance and top-quality meat. A further positive is that Simbras are highly sought after by the feedlot industry,” Maré said.

He described the Simbra as a tough, smooth-coated breed that was remarkably resistant to tick-borne diseases, with excellent walking ability. Coupled with the breed’s inherent tolerance to heat, the Simbra was the ideal choice for red meat production under extensive breeding conditions in Southern Africa, he added.

Simbra cows were fertile, remarkably good mothers and weaned heavy calves, he said. Maré added that the record-breaking bull’s dam, JM11 118, which was also bred by the JacMar stud, was an imposing cow that boasted an inter-calving period of 370 days.

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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.