RH Ranching Mbuzi Stud

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"If our stud goats can not produce a profit under commercial ranching / farming conditions,
we have no right selling rams to commercial producers!" 

Our flock is run on severe heart water veld!

We are proud of our stud flock of Indigenous Veld Goats of the Mbuzi eco-type. The Mbuzi eco-type are also known as Nguni Goats and encompass goats found from the central and eastern parts of the Caprivi strip eastwards and southwards, through Botswana; Zimbabwe; Mozambique; Swaziland as well as the higher rainfall areas of South Africa especially the hot and humid bushveld and coastal belt areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa Zulu Natal and some areas of the Eastern Cape.

The Mbuzi eco type comprises of the greatest number of goats of the four eco types. The Mbuzi eco type also exhibits the most variants to be found within an eco type. From the small framed, smooth haired Zululand / Maputuland type goats with their upright ears to the slightly larger framed, hairy goats of Swaziland with semi-pendulous ears.

They are also the smallest framed of the eco types with a highly inheritable natural resistance to very high heat, humidity and most importantly of all the killer stock disease known as Heart Water (Erlichia {Cowdria} ruminantium which is transmitted by the Bont Tick).

The other three eco-types within the Indigenous Veld Goats are as follows –

  1. The Xhosa Lob Ear (found in the western regions of the Eastern Cape)

  2. The Northern Cape Skilder / Speckled Goat.

  3. The Kunene Goats of the Koakoveld of North Western Namibia.

To learn more about these three eco types you can visit the IVG website at -www.indigenousveldgoats.co.za

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IMG 9910Why are we sold out on the Mbuzi?

The reasons that we run the Mbuzi and not any of the other eco types as well as the three locally developed “Improved” breeds are as follows –

  1. Economics; economics and economics again!

  2. The Mbuzi is as tough as nails and as close as one will get to a “Bullet Proof” goat.

  3. As mentioned earlier they have a very high natural resistance to the economically crippling disease Heart Water. This means a much lower death rate in the flock which means that one has more goats for sale!

  4. They are no nonsense no fuss mothers, who do not need to be confined to individual pens with their new born kids in order to bond with their kids. These pens cost money to build! Our goats know who their kids are! This means less orphans to raise, so you save money.

  5. We aim for our maiden ewes to kid down for the first time by the age of one year or by the time they cut their first permanent incisors.

  6. Due to the Mbuzi being a non seasonal breeder we allow our rams to run with their individual ewe flocks year round, the ewes themselves settle down into a kidding rhythm that sees the flock as an entirety kidding down three times in two years.

  7. The Mbuzi has a very strong herd instinct which makes for easy herding in the veld as well as providing good protection for the flock members from predators. We run our Mbuzi’s in the Valley Bushveld along the Umgeni River. Here our flock needs to contend with Leopard, Caracal, Black Backed Jackal, African Rock Pythons and Crocodiles. Their intelligence and strong herd instinct have ensured that we suffer very few losses to predation.

  8. The Mbuzi can and does thrive on poor quality vegetation as well as eats and browses on a very wide variety of plant species which are not utilised by other species and classes of livestock.

  9. Mbuzi goats offer a high return on investment due to their low maintance costs and high weaning percentages. It just makes sense to farm / ranch with them and a big plus is that being multi coloured they are an aesthetically pleasing breed.

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General:

Our flock is comprised of pure Mbuzi’s that have been sourced with care from all over South Africa as well as the Caprivi Strip in Namibia. We are proud and pleased with the large genetic diversity that is found in our flock and know that it is this diversity that will see us well into the future.

We are currently in a flock building phase and have decided to increase our ewe flock from the 150 ewes that it is at present to 500 ewes and then we are planning on taking the flock up to 1000 ewes made up of both roughly 50:50 stud ewes to commercial ewes. This means that we will not have any breeding ewes; maiden ewes or ewe kids for sale for several years as we build the ewe flock.

As of September 2014 we will have a select number of two tooth stud rams available for sale. Please note that we apply strict and heavy selection pressure to our ram kids thus ensuring the discerning buyer top quality breeding rams.

We do offer on the local monthly livestock auctions all our cull ewes as well as the culled castrated rams (kapatas/wethers) that do not meet up to our strict selection process. Traders are welcome to contact us re: bulk sales directly from the ranch.

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