Best Farmer SA Course

Rangeland Management using the Principles of the Controlled Fodder Flow Grazing Strategy and Animal Behaviour

Best Farmer SA Course

Rangeland Management using the Principles of the Controlled Fodder Flow Grazing Strategy and Animal Behaviour

Best Farmer SA will present a one day course on Monday 16 July 2012 in conjunction with the 47th Annual Congress of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa (16 to 20 July 2012).

Come and learn from the results of some of the most successful livestock farmers in southern Africa how to increase the carrying capacity of your land by 30% within a 5 year period and by up to 50% within a 10 year period. In the same period net farm income increased by a staggering 70 to 100% as compared to general industry standards.

The course is presented by Riaan Dames (Extensive Animal Production Specialist). Riaan received the Agricultural Writers of South Africa Award for the Agricultural Scientist of the Year for the Northern Cape Province in 2011.

Success highlights of some of his clients (also see the website www.bestfarmer.co.za for more detail on our farmer’s successes).

Op die Aarde Bonsmara, Reivilo, achieved the following successes during the past 10 years:

  • 3 times ARC Best Performing Stud Breeder North West Province
  • 2007 ARC National Winner: “Best Performing Stud in South Africa”.
  • 2008 Voermol in collaboration with the University of the Free State Best Cattle Farmer in South Africa Award
  • 2010 Grassland Society of Southern Africa Peter Edwards Award for the Best Conservation Farmer of the Year
  • 93% average calving in a cow herd exceeding 500 cows (confirmed by the ARC)
  • average 205 day corrected weaning mass of 250 kg over a 10 year period
  • animal numbers increased by 50% within 8 years of implementing the controlled fodder flow grazing management strategy
  • profit increased by a staggering 100% as compared to industry standards during the past 10 years

HanZyl Bonsmara received the ARC Award as Best South African Stud Breeder during 2009 and 2011, the Voermol National Beef Cattle Farmer in 2011, and increased animal numbers by 40% within 4 years of practising the controlled fodder flow grazing management strategy.

Duncan Serapelwane received the ARC Award for Best Emerging South African Stud Breeder 2009

The Maketlele Community received the Award as Best Land Care Project in the North West Province 2006 and a series of other awards for excellence by the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture

Two researchers from the Polytechnic of Namibia visited South Africa during 2010 to evaluate the results from the controlled fodder flow grazing mangement strategy; they reported back to the Namibian Science Council that the strategy seems to have great potential for Namibia and should be implemented in all veld types of Namibia on a pilot basis.

The controlled fodder flow grazing management strategy has been implemented in the Northern Cape, Free State, North West Province, Botswana and Nambia. The strategy has been implemented by more than 60 new clients since October 2010 on more than 500 000 hectares of land throughout South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

Reserve your place today to avoid disappointment!

Courses are presented in English/Afrikaans.

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