There is money in farming. Especially if you have a Bonsmara bull.
The 69 bulls on sale averaged R75,623, while the average price for commercial females was R26,636.
A total of 349 animals were sold at the landmark annual event that draws bidders from around the country who are looking for quality breeding stock.
Frontier Bonsmaras is a partnership of five successful farming operations in the Eastern Cape.
According to the outcome of a SA research programme in the 1960s, Bonsmaras are considered a success in scientific breeding.
They are resistant to drought, parasites and disease. The beef breed is a cross between Afrikander, Hereford and Shorthorn.
The top-priced bull, Lot 12, was bred by Justin Stirk and sold to Leon-fritz Riekert of LFR Stud in Roedtan, Limpopo, with Paul Maré and Benjamin Bosch.
The auction last week saw a clearance of all cattle on sale, “by far our biggest sale yet”, Frontier Bonsmaras said.
“It was a great sale,” Stirk said. The previous record Eastern Cape price for a Bonsmara bull was R180,000 at the Frontier Bonsmara auction in Makhanda in August 2014. In 2018, a Bonsmara bull went for R1.8m in Kwazulunatal.
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