News Article selected in the Archive of 2011: Bull Inspection at Korasieplaas
Date: November 2011
Our last bull inspection for 2011 took place at Korasieplaas near Omitara on Friday 18 November. Hartebeestloop Bonsmaras presented 67 bulls for inspection.
Robbi Dauberschmidt (senior inspector) and Ronnie Small (junior inspector) were there on behalf of the Namibian Bonsmara Cattle Breeders Society to assess the bulls for possible approval.
We learn from each other
We always try to make an "event" of our bull inspections. It is a chance to socialize with various farmers and we always learn a lot from each other. We introduce the new visitors to the Bonsmara system of compulsory performance testing and we re-inforce the system with our "regulars".
The inspection is managed as an open event – every guest has the opportunity to express his/her view about the bull. This is one of the best chances stud breeders will have to get the views of the commercial farmers about qualities in bulls that they prefer!
Extra information on the bulls, their mothers and our herd
We have added some extra info on the bulls, their mothers and some general information on the Hartebeestloop herd. It is our belief that the bull is nothing but an image of what it happening in the herd on the farm. Check the Additional Information provided (bottom of the page).
Joggie discusses the Phase D bulls as well as the data for the inspection bulls
Kiep Lepen and Barend Dorfling
This time we had Kiep Lepen and Barend Dorfling from Agra Stud Services as "working" guests to give their input from a stud breeder’s perspective. Heiner Bomhe and Lourens Swart from Meatco were also there to tell us what they prefer in a bull to satisfy the needs of their specific markets. Japie Bestebreurtjie is an independent stud consultant with lots of experience about the different regions in Namibia. He is an expert on what specific characteristics an animal should have to be able to perform well in Namibia.
The rest of the guests were made up of full-time commercial farmers and part-time farmers whose views about cattle we hold in high regard. Everybody was in agreement that one could learn a lot at such a bull inspection where knowlegable guests offer their opinions.
Susan as always pampered us from the minute we arrived there with freshly brewed coffee, drinks and food, non-stop, until we left mid-afternoon!
We have attached some photographs taken during the day.
Robbie is the inspector, Hendrik de Klerk, Paul vd Merwe, Rudie v Rensburg, Karel and Oscar vd Merwe, Willem Maritz, Pierre Erasmus, Thomas Horn
Successful inspection day
The inspection day was everything we hoped and planned for. Farmers need continued exposure to what is happening in stud breeding and breeders need constant feedback from the farmers on which animals are performing well on their farms. Both businesses can grow and profit if the lines of communication are open and honest.
Hartebeestloop Bonsmaras present these Inspection Days in different parts of the country. It is our responsibility to be part of the continuing education of farmers.
Bulls up for inspection and photograph on right: the after maths
Inspection Catalogue, approval rate and Rejection reasons
We have the following PDF documents of the day available for download: