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We are very proud of our clothing range the first orders are out.
The next order must be in before the 15th of September 2014
REMEMBER OUR JUNIOR COURSE – BOOK NOW!!!!
14 AND 15 OCTOBER 2014
FOR MORE INFO: Sonya de Bruyn
Contact nr: 072 4400899
*Accommodation for the course – apologies R300 per night is full we can help with R250 per person sharing or R350 single per night. It includes bed and breakfast. Only 4km from the venue.
REMEMBER THE AUCTION THE DAY AFTER THE COURSE
16 OCTOBER 2015
For more info regarding the auction please phone Tollie Jordaan 082 499 6609 or Jaco van der Merwe 082 327 7804
For any inquiries please call Madeleine du Plessis our Kalahari red secretary at: 083 258 7394
KALAHARI RED GREETING
A Warm Winter Hello to all our Kalahari Red Breeders
We are very proud to announce our first Kalahari Red club clothing line. Please send your order form andproof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our club logo will be embroided on the front.
CODES AND PRICES
MENS LADIES HATS
110-R285 415-R210 113-R105
123-R325 416-R230 147-R160
248-R340 419-R310 114-R145
We are busy upgrading our website and as a result we will be offline for a while. Please contact Madeleine
for any further enquiries.
REMEMBER OUR FIRST KALAHARI RED JUNIOR COURSE
ACCOMMODATION FOR THE COURSE
ACCOMMODATION FOR THE COURSE
Kitty Hawk 012 8118216
MacGregors Guest House 082 852 5567
First Guest House 012 3488566/8071
Farmers Folly Guest House 012 348 3449 / 083 399 3232
Guest House Seidel 012 348 6282 / 082 821 6710
40 on Ilkey B&B 012 348 3766
N & A Guesthouse 012 361 8818 / 072 233 0226
Rosemary Hill 012 802 0052 / 083 235 6857
Mooiplaatsie Country Estate 083 808 5331 / 012 809 1199
Google “Accommodation Pretoria East” or “Accommodation Silverlakes” or “Accommodation
Mooiplaats” just make sure that it is Mooiplaats in Pretoria and not in JHB.
Kalahari Red’s win at Windpompfees festival!
1 -3 May 2014, Naboomspruit, Windpompfees festival: the days were beautiful,
clear and perfect for a family day out. Upon entering, looking left the stunning
red goats grazing outside caught your eye and the kids ran to see the lambs.
The Ilnika and Matoppie stud team did an exceptional job in the presentation of
the exhibition and only brought the best animals and did the Kalahari’s proud.
All the work paid off by winning the prize for the best small stock exhibition.
Congratulations Ilnika and Matoppie you guys really did an extraordinary job
and we are very proud of you!
Pilanesberg Kalahari Red Stud training (SONYA DE BRUYN)
Pilanesberg Kalahari Red stud sent some of their young farmers for some intensive
training in goat reproduction. 22 – 23 May 2014 was packed with theory; from goat
breeding to semen production in the testis and naturally …lots of practices and even
a demonstration in the laparoscopic procedure (and a peek inside the abdomen of a
These enthusiastic Kalahari red breeders are now even more prepared and we can’t
wait to see the results of their breeding.
Well Done Guys!
AND REMEMBER WE ARE ON FACEBOOK
Madeleine du Plessis
A warm welcome to all our Kalahari Red breeders. I think this will be the last “warm” one before the winter is upon us. A lot has happened in the past month!
It was the National Championship in Willowmore and the Kalahari Red club auction in Pretoria. National Championship
Uit die pen van Tollie en Karen Jordaan NASIONALE KAMPIOENSKAPPE TE WILLOWMORE
Ons arriveer in Willowmore op Sondag 23 Maart 2014 met 2 wildwaens vol Kalahari Red bokke. Die dorp is doodstil, net ‘n paar mense is oppad kerk toe in die dorp. Elke klein plattelandse dorpie het mos ‘n kenmerkende monument, gewoonlik die kerk in die middel van die dorp. Dis wonderlik om te sien alle nasies aanbid ‘n Lewende God. Ek dank God vir die geleentheid om dit weer te kon beleef in Willowmore. By die skougronde aangekom was ons die eerste wat Kalahari Reds aflaai. Daar was ‘n paar boerbokke van Karstenboerbokke. Ons begin onmiddelik was en voer sodat die bokke kon rus vir die skouwatvoorlê. Die volgende vier dae word daar ernstig geskou. Goed gekompeteer, stresvolle oomblikke en lekker humor oomblikke. Die gasvryheid was uit die boonste rakke. Omdat die dorp so klein is het al die vertoners elke aand by die skou gekuier. Daar was elke aand ‘n funksie. Ek moet die organiseerders, met Kobus Lotteraandie spits van sake,baiegeluk wens. Die skougronde se fasiliteite was uitstekend. Alles het vlot verloop.Ons het lekker gelag vir al Gawie se grappe. Die beoordeelaars het goed beoordeel en ek het baie min kritiek gehoor van vertoners wat ontevrede was. Die saam kuier en kos was van die hoogtepunte van die skou. Alhoewel daar ernstig gekompeteer is in die ring, het almal baie lekker saam gekuier in die aande. Die telers wat nie daar was nie het sowaar ‘n uitstekende skou gemis. Baie dankie vir ‘n fantastiese, goedgeorganiseerde,NasionaleKampioenskappe. Dit was iets besonders. Ons het almal so welkom gevoel en julle gasvryheid was iets om te onthou. Julle het dit reggekry om almal welkom te laat voel en as ‘n boerbok-familie die skou te kon geniet. Nogmaals baie, baie geluk, dit was great! Ons is dankbaar dat ons bokke baie goed gedoen het op die skou. Die Groot Kampioen ram sowel as die Groot Kampioen ooi het gekom uit ons stoet. Die kwaliteit diere was van ‘n besondersehoëgehalte.
Fotosvan dieskou en diere:
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW – WILLOWMORE We arrived in Willowmore on Sunday 23 March 2014 with two trailers full of Kalahari Red goats. The town was dead quiet, only a few peoplewere on their way to church. Every small town has their own characteristic monument, usually the church in the middle of the town. It’s wonderful to see that all races worship a living God. I thank God for the opportunity to have experienced this again in Willowmore. We arrived at the showground’s and were the first people to offload Kalahari Reds. There were a few Boer goats from Karsten stud. We started to wash and feed our goats so that they could have a good rest before the show. The next four days the competition was fierce. Good competition, stressful and humoristic moments. The hospitality was excellent. Because Willowmore is a very small town, everybody met in the evenings at the showground’s. There was a function every evening. I have to congratulate Kobus Lotter and his team with an excellent job. The facilities at the showground’s were excellent and everything went well. The judges did a great job judging the animals and everybody was satisfied and I didn’t hear any complaints. Although everybody was in serious competition during the day in the ring, we had a good time in the evenings. The breeders, who didn’t attend the show in Willowmore, missed out on a great event.We are thankful that our goats did very well. The Grand Champion ram as well as the Grand Champion doe came from our stud. The quality of the animals wasa very high standard. YET ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL AUCTION HELD 12 APRIL 2014 AT CONRAD HERBST We just want to thank everybody for the hard work they put in to making the Kalahari Red auction such a huge success. It already started on the 9th of April when the first farmers arrived with goats. The rest of the goats arrived on the 10th and 11th of April and everybody was busy grooming. On Friday morning Dr Danie Nolte came and did all the scanning before the big judging. Only the best was good enough for this auction. Out of 135 entries only 126 were put up for auction. The judges wereRuan Smith, AndréPienaar and Tollie Jordaan – a big thank you to you guys. Then the big day arrived – Auction Day. There were 112 ewes and 14 rams on auction and 102 ewes and 9 rams were sold. The average price for pregnant Kalahari Red ewes was R8262.50 and R4 609.17 for non-pregnant ewes. The average price on the rams was R17055.56.
THE NEW KALAHARI RED MANAGEMENT
Back from left:Jaco van der Merwe &Cobus Meyer Front from left: Madeleine du Plessis, Andre Pienaar (Chairman),TollieJordaan (Vice-Chairman)& Sonya de Bruyn.
Dear Kalahari red Club members
Welcome to all our members and non members. The last newsletter before our big day.
KALAHARI RED AUCTION 12 APRIL 2014
FOR MORE INFO CALL: MADELEINE DU PLESSIS 083 258 7394
OUT OF THE PEN OFF ONE OFF OUR MEMBERS: SONYA DE BRUYN
IVDES is a leading, innovative veterinarian diagnostics laboratory and reproduction quarantine centre situated on the border of Hearts water territory in Pretoria East. Here we strive to deliver the best reproduction services BUT ALSO with our in house veterinary Laboratory (DAFF Approved) we are able to provide fast accurate results of animal health importance.
Our current focus is on animals such as Goats, Sheep, and Cattle.
Our top class veterinary science and research team is always available to assist in any way possible.
We provide services in:
Reproduction –Semen collection, Artificial Insemination, Laparoscopy and other Embryos Services.
Export/Import of Animal Genetics.
Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostic testing – Serology (ELISA) testing of Brucella, Chlamydia, Q-fever etc.
– Pregnancy detection via blood testing or ultra sound. – Helminthology, fecal worm egg counts. – DNA/PCR testing will be starting soon – Bovine Tritrichomonas foetus InPouch’s Below are a few Kalahari Red rams that visited the quarantine station. We have semen available of: Sylvester (JORDD RAM 3 100162), Ramkat (JORD RAM TJ 080169), Texas( Son of Ramkat), and Boston( Son of Ramkat)
MEET OUR BOTSWANA BREEDERS: Bushra Kalahari Red
By Faheem Kala
This month we profile Bushra Kalahari Reds, Llara, South-East District:
Established in 2010, Bushra Kalahari Red Farms is run by local Botswana farmer, Faheem Kala. Originally a gift from his father with just 9 goats, 7 sheep & one Tswana dog on the farm, Bushra has since grown to become more than simply an enjoyable weekend hobby. “Bushra,” a name of Arabic origin, means “good news / glad tidings or good omen” and is typically an aspirational name given in the hopes of good fortune. With the reliance on agriculture within Botswana and the perceived promise of the land so strong, “Bushra” seemed only appropriate for a farm that would soon grow to embrace its true potential.
Today, the farm has grown considerably. Having earned a reputation in the local farming community as an honest and respected small stock holder, Bushra’s prized animals have since been entered into such prestigious agricultural shows as the Botswana National Agriculture Show. In 2013, Bushra Kalahari Reds won one first place and three second places and one fourth place at the show.
Bushra is slowly heading in the right direction to providing hardy quality goats for the Botswana market. Having followed his interest in, and indeed passion for, Kalahari Reds and Iles de France has seen Faheem explore different cross breeding avenues, today having bred Iles de France sheep crossed with white Dorpers, a hybrid that has proven popular amongst local customers. Having begun with a focus on boer goats, Bushra now primarily breeds Kalahari Reds, and is moving towards breeding with ‘top quality bloodlines’ and working with only the finest animals. Kalahari Reds in particular, have proven to cross excellently with the local Tswana breed, greatly improving the hybrid vigour.
The “good omen” has proven fortuitous indeed, with the aim of breeding resilient goats in a heartwater area in the future and a stronger focus on what is at present a part-time activity. This is especially as Botswana youth continue to evidence greater interest in farming, with an increase in Government schemes in place such as the Young Farmers Fund and the Limid scheme promoting further agricultural activity.
Having recently attended a number of agricultural platforms and visiting farmers all across Gauteng, North West and Limpopo provinces to learn about goats and farming, Faheem and Bushra Kalahari Reds are set for an even busier 2014. Faheem anticipates taking what started out as a mere gift to the next level, potentially working with other local farmers to form an association for Botswana and pushing the Kalahari Red breed even more.
Tholo Holdings / Fletcher Auction a success
A hallmark of the agricultural community calendar, the Tholo Holdings / Fletcher auction was held on Saturday 30th November 2013. The village of Gabane, on the outskirts of Gaborone, played host to the annual auction, with rams and ewes supplied by renowned SA breeder, Albie Horn, as well as Phillip Lombard, Lussim Boer Goats as well as several other local farmers.
With some of the finest animals on auction, those looking to buy a prized animal were in proverbial heaven. Kalahari Red rams were sold for an average of P6000.00, with the most expensive Kalahari Red ram bought for P9,240.00 by Faheem Kala of Bushra Kalahari Reds. The average price of goat rams on auction was P7000.00, with Geoffrey Pororo taking home the most expensive Boer Goat ram for P11,200.00.
Farmers in the market for Dorpers were spoiled for choice, with Dorper rams sold for an average of P5000.00, and Dorper ewes sold for an average of P4500.00. Freddie Rakwade took home the most expensive Dorper ram for P8,400.00. Mayor Mabayani and his son, OD, bought nine ewes for an average of P5,000.00 each. Father and son also purchased a Kalahari Red ram for P7,840.00.
The auction proved once more what a strong small livestock culture exists within greater Gaborone. All small stocks sold out and did very well when compared to bulls and cows, a testament to the growing small stock industry in the country. The Tholo Holdings / Fletcher auction has certainly set the mark for the next wave of auctions and agricultural shows in 2014, no doubt with even more prized purchases from local farmer.
Dear Kalahari red Club members
From the Club management we wish you all a happy new year, may you be blessed with a lot of rain and lams this year and may all auctions be blessed.
We are proud to announce that our first baby’s of the ram donation have arrived.
Two red baby’s from boergoat mom! One red baby from black mom!
The breeder was very excited and astonished with the genetic influence that the Kalahari Red Ram had on the off spring. The colour was steadfast and the increase in meat quality was clearly visible
2 Very important dates to remember
The first ever Boergoat expo held at the AFRIDOME in Parys
This is the first ever Goat expo to be held in South Africa. A special thanks to the organisers Sentraal
boerbokklub and Hoeveld boerbokklub for the time and effort they have put into this. There will be
a quality auction held at the end of the expo.
Kalahari Red Club Auction 12 April 2014
THE KALAHARI RED AGM TO BE HELD ON 11 APRIL 2014
CONRAD HERBST Auction Facility
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: Madeleine du Plessis 0832587394 or Email: email@example.com
Herewith the Goat calendar for the year
Our website address is www.kalaharired.net or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
And our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kalahari-Reds/242465412491747
Contact Madeleine du Plessis on 0832587394 or email@example.com for any further information
News from our Botswana Farmers
Faheem Kala, a true agricultural specialist and goat farmer par excellence is our representative in Botswana. He is busy doing a range of stories on the Kalahari red farmers in Botswana and we will publish it in the newsletter over a few months.
He will also give us the goat program for Botswana.
We are looking forward to his introduction of the members as he travels around Botswana. The Kalahari Reds was so fortunate last year to be on the front cover of the leading agricultural magazine. They have great success with the Kalahari reds. I would like to thank Faheem on behalf of the SA Kalahari Reds for the work that he and all the other farmers do. We are planning a combined farmers day and the presenting of a junior course up there, but more about this later.
We would also like to invite all the farmers from up there to join us at our auction on 12 April 2014.
HOW TO JUDGE THE TEATS ON YOUR GOAT
There is always confusion on what a teat should look like. The ideal teat is one on each side, but there is some acceptable teats that we feel you should study. Below is a table that explains it best.
Take some time and study this and take the chart to the kraal. Remember to look at the rams as well. The Kalahari Red rams are judged by the same standards. Using the wrong ram can influence your whole offspring.
MARKING OF YOUR GOATS
I was standing in the kraal one day with Oom Ben Vorster and as we were talking he quoted the numbers of his goats from a distance. I couldn’t even read the tags. When asking him how he knows the numbers he said he read it from the clipping in the ears. He then showed me the clippings and explained this old school method to me. I found it so useful especially with tags that gets lost and comes in handy with studbook registration. I include a diagram here that you can use as a guideline.
Registration, identification, and accurate recording and reporting your goat movements supports traceability, and mating helps to minimise the risk of disease transmission and maximise the possibility of controlling your herd.