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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Phillip de Waal, of Locheim Here­fords in Moorees­burg, with last year’s na­tional cham­pion bull, Locheim Caro­line WDW 0505.

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