Hi there every one, I trust that all of you and your families are all keeping well. Winter is here with us experiencing some very cold nights and mornings but on the whole it is not as cold as most of our winters have been.
Our prayers as a nation are needed in petitioning the Lord God Most High to forgive our sins and have mercy on our land especially the Cape Provinces as they are in desperate need of rain and the touch of God’s hand. The situation in these provinces is critical!
We are blessed that we received that 140mm of rain in May as the bush veld is still green and only now are the Buffalo Thorn trees starting to turn yellow let alone lose their leaves. This makes it easier going for both the game and livestock.
Our rainfall for this raining season (2016/2017) to date is as follows:-
September 2016 -- 58,5mm
October 2016 -- 96,0mm
November 2016 -- 70,0mm
December 2016 -- 24,0mm (This was a much drier December than normal)
January 2017 -- 91,0mm
February 2017 -- 255,0mm
March 2017 -- 58,0mm
April 2017 -- 21,0mm
May 2017 -- 140,0mm
June 2017 -- Nil
Total for 2016/17 to date 813,5mm
Canis Africanis news:-
Well the first bit of news is that we met Dr Leslie Van Niekerk in Mooi River and took delivery of two “Flap” x “Zika” pups that Hercu and Leslie had bred. These pups were then picked up later that day by Aiyanda Msimane and taken up to his home at Lake Sibaya in Northern Zululand / Tonga Land. Here they will live with and look after his Mbuzi (goat) flock.
Then on the 01st of June 2017, our bitch “Missy” pupped down. She gave us five healthy gorgeous puppies. Three males and two females; we are so blessed with this mating of “Semane” and “Missy” as it is a proven mating with pups from previous litters homed and working in five out of our nine provinces in South Africa.
We have a long standing order for the two female pups as well as one of the males; they are going to be going up to Gerhard van Geest of North West Province. These pups will be adopting and being adopted by Gerhard’s Meat Master flock’s and will be guarding these wonderful sheep. They will be heading off to their new home at the end of July.
We have two very gorgeous and robust male pups still available at R2500-00 each. They will be ready to go to their new homes from the 15th of July. Do not miss out on this your opportunity to purchase top notch Stock Guardian genetics.
RH Ranching’s Free Range Chickens:
Our free range birds are doing very well indeed, with more and more of our home bred and raised pullets coming into lay.
We also set five hens on a dozen eggs each and eagerly await the emergence of our next generation of chicks many of them are from home bred pullets and our own roosters. Three of these clutches are due in the beginning of July and the other two in mid-July.
We are finding that our home bred birds are growing out well and are reaching point of lay at about seven months of age. After a few small eggs they go right on to lay decent sized large eggs with deep orange yolks. A culinary treat for all who sit down to breakfast at our table!
At the end of the month we carefully went through our young roosters and selected two very nicely balanced and put together birds that we expect to take our breeding program to the next level. The balance of the cockerels we put to the knife. We blessed our staff with a bird each for their table and the rest went into our deep freeze. I cut one of the birds (3.75kg) into pieces and made a lovely curry upon which we as a family did feast!!!
KZN IVG Club News:
As I stated in the May News Letter, we had a very good Royal Show 2017. It was absolutely wonderful to meet up with so many members as they popped by the stand for a visit and chat.
We were blessed as a club to have eight new members join the club at the stand at the Royal Show! Once again welcome aboard all of you our new members; it is truly wonderful to see the interest in the KZN IVG Club from not only our new members and potential members but also the public in general.
The more functions that we host as a club the more exposure the club receives and the greater the need I see for such a club as ours. There are a great many emerging Goat Farmers as well as small scale Goat Farmers in all the race groups that are desperate for information on and the access to shared knowledge from people with hands on experience, on the topics related to Goat Farming.
Quote worth re-quoting:
“Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing.” Warren Bennis
This brings us to our next KZN IVG Club’s event –
The Pongola Farmers Day
10am Saturday the 15th July 2017
Pongola Game Reserve
All members are invited to attend and are encouraged to bring non-members that are involved in Goat Farming or considering starting Goat Farming to also attend. We will have a guest speaker, a presentation by yours truly as well as a tour of Wim Landman’s Mbuzi operation. Tea and coffee will be served as will lunch (Wors, Pap and Sous!).
Live Stock Trading:
This month was yet again a surprising month with us being consigned breeding stock from a couple of our old clients as well as from new clients that had been referred to us by word of mouth. We thank the Lord Jesus for this exposure and for the happy clients that refer other sellers and buyers to us, Thank You. Word of mouth is very important for us as we do not advertise looking for stock but rather rely on word of mouth.
We had a herd of free range pigs for sale this month which have already been along with a litter of German Shepard pups (not our normal line of business but for a friend we will step out and help) these too have been sold, Praise Jesus.
We have a breeding flock comprising of the following:
1 x Kalahari Ram + 1 x Boer Goat Ram
15 x Kalahari Red Ewes + 30 x Boer goat ewes
These animals are good quality commercial ewes and rams that are running on virulent Heart Water Veld. There are no cull animals in this flock. All ewes have been running with the rams.
Price is R115 000-00 excl VAT
Our lambing season has started off very well in deed with our ewes having trouble free births and presenting us with a bunch of really beautiful lambs. At this stage our average birth mass is 3,75kg, our lambs are nice and robust and are gaining weight very nicely indeed. I cannot wait to weigh the lambs at 30 days of age so as to see what their A.D.G. is, as there is a direct correlation to their mother’s milk production as well as their mother response to the steam feeding pre- lambing as well as post lambing.
We will keep you posted on the progress of our lambing season and the lamb’s progress.
RHR Mules and Polo Ponies:
We are moving forward slowly but surely as we continue to build both our strings of ponies and polo tack. We are seeing a good response from the ponies that we are busy schooling up and can feel their improvement every time that we work them.
The clients that I am helping by working on their riding skills and with the schooling of their ponies are also making good progress and are not only growing in confidence but in ability as well; this is very encouraging for me.
This up-coming July school / college holiday we as a family are all looking forward to spending much more time together and on the ponies as well as going to watch a bunch of Polo tournaments. On which we shall report next month so be sure to visit this - our website and check out the July News Letter!
“There is nothing as useless as efficiently doing something that should NOT have been done at all”
borrowed from Kit Pharo of Pharo Cattle Company (PCC).
This is the news for the month June 2017, so I wish you all a great June, keep safe and warm as winter starts to bite in! Please do remember that you can contact us directly via email from this website by going to the “Contacts Page” and following the prompts or on these numbers- Hilton 072-372 9065 and Robyn 082-428 6641 we would love to hear from you!
Now my prayer for all of you is that the Lord Jesus Christ will reign in your lives.
Hilton and Robyn Sanders.