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ANY MAN CAN BE A FATHER
Date:
June 2017

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone very special to be a “DAD”! – Happy Fathers Day!

The same can be said of a bull – don’t just use ANY bull. Reap the benefit of 53 years of meticulous Bonsmara performance testing and get that special bull that will breed low cost, high performing animals every time - not just on paper, but also in performance ON THE VELD!

Our bulls are a great testimony to performance testing and veld-adapted animals – they can maintain constitution and condition even on the dry winter Kalahari veld.

Some “auction advice” – You can never do a Bad Deal with a Good Bull!

Gobabis auction DD 10 August and G8 in Windhoek on 31 August – be there!

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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
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
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
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:

Rejection Reasons

HARTEBEESTLOOP Korasieplaas Bull Selection, November 2011
BULLS INSPECTED
67
 
BULLS INJURED
2
3% - not presented for inspection
BULLS APPROVED
38
57%
BULLS REJECTED
27
40%


REJECTION REASONS
A2 (wean)
5
Minimum breed standard index under 90
A2 (Phase D test under extensive conditions)
12
Minimum breed standard index under 90
E1
1
Ox-like appearance
F1
2
Temperament
G1,G2
2
Face and/or jaw bone skew
R1,2,5,8
5
Scrotum problems, too small/twisted etc

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