Top Boran genetics for new North West commercial farmers

Top Boran genetics for new North West commercial farmers
A group of stud breeders in North West have donated 10 Boran bulls to communal farmers in the province to help them improve the quality of their herds.
Photo: Boran Cattle Breeders' Society of South Africa
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Six Boran stud breeders in North West recently donated 10 Boran bulls to a number of communal farmers in the province.

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The aim of the donation was to support these farmers in upgrading the quality of their existing herds. This was according to one of the donors, Johan Erasmus of Derby.

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“The bulls are of outstanding quality. One of the bulls’ [sire] was sold for R1 million and its dam was bred from an embryo imported from Kenya. This underscores the genetic integrity of the bulls,” he added.

The beneficiaries were selected in partnership with the provincial agriculture department.

The Boran Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa undertook to support and assist the recipients in implementing sound breeding practices to ensure long-term sustainability and profitability.

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Erasmus said the project aimed to “accompany [these farmers] on the way to improve their cattle farming enterprises and gain skills in order to become self-sustainable and prosperous cattle farmers”.

According to Erasmus, it was the responsibility of the stud breeding industry to get involved in farmer development in South Africa.

Erasmus said the Boran was an indiscriminate eater (a grazer and a browser), and therefore retained good condition, even under difficult circumstances.

“Their very strong herd instinct makes them easy to manage under extensive conditions,” he said.

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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.