Josef Sheehama | Feb 8, 2024 | 0
Stud breeders to meet at Show
This year’s Windhoek Agricultural Show will see 600 heads of stud breed cattle from 40 stud breeders starting Monday as the show is a window period for breeders to show case and try and sell at a higher price.
Siggy von Lüttwitz part of the organising committee for the Windhoek Show said that the sale will be next week Thursday while Monday will play host to the the judging of the inter breed championship.
He is confident that cattle farmers will be eager to buy stud breeds for their commercial stock. Last year’s agricultural show saw N$60,000 being the highest price paid at an auction. Brahman cattle will be celebrating over 40 plus years of their breed in Namibia, Simentaler, over 120 years. Lüttwitz said that last year’s drought might force farmers to re-stock their herds with quality breeding stock.
Diethelm Metzger from Kamab-Simbra established since 1985 with a Brahman based- Simmentaler variation breed which he recently sold 17 bulls to a separate private sale with the average price of N$33,500, with the highest going for N$72,000 said that last year’s Windhoek Agricultural Show the cattle auction was not well attended by buyers due to poor advertising and that breeders got greedy sending the wrong message to buyers.
“Buying females will be tough, not a lot of quality females as farmers will be restocking their herds”, he said.
Talking from the Gobabis show, Metzger said he will not be selling at the Windhoek show. A member of Simbra and Simanteler breeding society of Namibia. Metzger said that “ It is important to emphasises the role of stud breeders for improving the national herd. Land will become scarer meaning that we need to become optimal by using available tools.”