Hereford champs this year
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During the championships the club will also be hosting the Voermol Beef Breeders’ Symposium, from 2 pm to 5 pm on June 2, during which Lamb will give a presentation on the latest international research on cow efficiency and the factors affecting it.
This will be the only opportunity for South African farmers to listen to Lamb. All cattle breeders are invited to attend.
Other speakers at the symposium include Russell Clark, from the Eastern Cape, who will look at the factors influencing the efficiency of a cowcalf operation.
Clark has been the winner of the National Stud Breeder of the Year four times, as well as the Eastern Cape regional winner 14 times in a row. He is a well-known Hereford and Tuli breeder. Dr Barry Coates, from Novartis, will be speaking on tick management and Hendrik van Pletzen, from Voermol, will speak about the role of feeding.
Those interested in attending the symposium should phone Lizette Vermaak at 082 412 2868 or George Nefdt at 082 578 1336, to book a place, as seating is limited.
The KwaZulu-Natal Hereford Club’s busy week will include participation in the carcass competition.
Twelve oxen have been entered in the competition, which begins with judging on the hoof on May 28 and concludes with the annual Royal Show carcass auction in the Wool and Sheep Expo venue on June 1.
On May 30, there will be a South African Hereford council meeting, followed in the afternoon by the 93rd annual general meeting of the South African Hereford Breeders’ Society.
On June 1 there will be a formal dinner and prize giving at the KwaZulu-Natal Hereford Clubhouse at the Royal Showgrounds.
This event will also include a power genetics auction, during which breeders will have the chance to sell some of the animals that have been on show.
Phillip de Waal, of Locheim Herefords in Mooreesburg, with last year’s national champion bull, Locheim Caroline WDW 0505.