Good recording and reproductive information are powerful tools in a farming system. Two main factors determine how an animal performs, the environment and genetics. Before you purchase new animals, you must know the genetic status of your herd. Buy cattle that will improve your herd, the wrong choice will cost you money. In our program of 13 July, Schalk Greyling, Professional Advisor at SA Studbook explains how to select cattle to improve your stud genetically. Selection is a slow process but over generations, it can make a difference.
Dr. Jaco de Villiers from Consortium Beef talks about the marketing of your cattle and what role the auctioneer has to play. Evaluate the infrastructure and the marketing strategies of the auctioneer. You as the seller also have some ‘homework’. Present cattle of high quality, abide by the biosecurity rules and your after-sales service must be excellent. And remember, a bargain is not always a bargain…. You get what you pay for.
Dr. Abraham Manser of the Bloukraan Bonsmara Stud near Vrede, tells us more about his beginnings, how he selects the best bulls and cattle for an auction. He has an interesting way of selecting cows and calves.
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