Game bubble grows and grows

Show auctioneer Henno Badenhorst during the auction with Mr. Heinrich Haarhoff, who closed the deal on the most expensive Roan Antelope male.

A turnover of more than N$11 million was achieved at the Outjo Game Auction on 2 May at Sophienhof Lodge. A total of 390 heads of game of 22 different species were sold at this auction, hosted by Agra Livestock in collaboration with Du Preez Game at the Outjo Game Festival.

This is the highest turnover in the twelve years that Agra livestock has hosted the auction. About fifty buyers registered for the auction.
Of the many highlights of the auction, the highest price of N$1 million was paid for a Roan Antelope bull by Cribo Hunting Safaris. The highest price paid for Roan antelope females, was N$510,000 while Sable Antelope females achieved a price of up to N$400,000. Tsessebe’s were sold for the highest price of N$50,000; Waterbuck bulls for up to N$38,000 and Nyalas for up to N$40,000.
According to the auctioneer, Henno Badenhorst, the good offering, with high quality animals of top genetics, contributed to a significant increase in prices compared to previous years, especially with regards to the rare game species. “Buyers come back to the Outjo Game Auction because they know what they get there and are willing to pay a price,” said Badenhorst. According to Badenhorst the auction to him “has built a reputation and became a reputable ‘brand’, attracting also new buyers every year.”
Badenhorst was delighted by the presence of and game bought by upcoming farmers such as Vino Hipondoka and Levi Hungamo. “These farmers, who farm in the vicinity of Otjiwarongo, start to diversify their farming enterprises by including game and we are happy to be able to provide them with the opportunity to buy top quality game,” said Badenhorst.