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Erindi game auction grosses more than N$20 million

Lechwes surprised at last weekend’s Erindi game auction when this notoriously difficult species fetched almost N$40,000 each.

Lechwes surprised at last weekend’s Erindi game auction when this notoriously difficult species fetched almost N$40,000 each.

Corne’ Kruger, a Namibian professional hunter was the centre of attention at last weekend’s second Erindi game auction when he paid N$400,000 for a trophy Kudu bull from Erindi Game Reserve. The bull comes as a guaranteed trophy with horns exceeding 61 inches. This trophy will take the lucky hunter into both the Roland Ward trophy index and the Safari Club International trophy digest. The future direction of game farming was clearly reflected in the presentations before and the revenue during the second Erindi game auction of last weekend. The auction grossed just over N$20 million from 93 buyers for the more than 1000 animals on offer, either as breeding groups or as individual animals.
Before the auction started at 14:00, buyers were treated to a presentation by Dr Louis Greeff, a South African veterinary surgeon specialising in game.

Dr Greeff discussed intensive farming methods for game farmers as well as how to determine the age of individual animals.
Game Farmer of the Year in South Africa, Wiaan van der Linde talked about return on investment for high-value game species, indicating that exotic and expensive game seems to be the future of game farming in general.
The auction was conducted by Vleissentraal Namibia.
This was the first auction arranged by this major auction company from South Africa. The auctioneer was Niel Swart.
Similar to the first Erindi game auction, the female roans from Mount Etjo Safari Lodge proved to be in high demand going for N$720,000 each.
This was substantially higher than roan prices at recent auctions in South Africa.
White rhinos staged a comeback with a 6-year old cow fetching N$750,00 while a 2-year old cow fetched N$410,000 each. Young rhino bulls were sold for N$200,000 and an adult bull with a 26 inch horn for N$475,000 although game farmers at the auction differed over its trophy value.
Tsessebes went for N$38,000 each as part of a breeding group, a blue wildebeest bull got N$70,000, two crocodiles were sold for N$22,000 each, and a lechwe breeding group went for N$30,000 each. A mature lechwe ram fetched N$38,000. sOther species of game included Damara dik diks, steenboks, and grey duikers.
The auction was opened by Annette Oelofse of Mount Etjo.

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