AGRA WEANER COMPETITION WILL REWARD PRODUCERS FOR QUALITY

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Published: 19 May 2016 

Agra Livestock launched the 2016 Weaner auctions and championships in Windhoek on 18 May 2016 at Agra Corporate Office. Agra established the weaner competitions to reward producers on their well-bred weaner calves.

Titus Koen, Agra’s General Manager for Livestock gave a brief background of the weaner competitions. He said; “For many years, Agra hosted the weaner competitions to complement the weaner auction. However, this competition was only done on auction level. It was in 2011 when we decided to make the competition attractive, to draw national interest. In the same year, the competition rewarded regional winners and a national champion.” He continued, “In 2014, the event could not be hosted due market related situations that had a direct influence on the auctions countrywide and in 2015 we hosted the national competition again. 2015 became the 4th successful year in hosting the weaner championships and also the 3rd year the heifer category was included in the competition.”

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Koen expressed his gratitude towards various sponsors who made contributions towards the national competition. “Their involvement contributes to the development of agriculture, by supporting a championship competition that provides an ideal opportunity to both reward exemplary producers for their efforts and to educate the farming community at large on prevailing market requirements,” he noted. The main sponsors are Bank Windhoek, Feedmaster, Sanlam and Santam. The co-sponsors are Bayer, Marsh, MSD, Indongo Toyota and Henco Engineering. This year’s sponsorship amount to more than N$400,000, which will be used for various category winners at the auctions.

Agra will host 16 weaner auctions countrywide, from Grootfontein in the north to Karasburg in the south. The first weaner auction is scheduled for 15 July at Loskop (Kamanjab) and the last auction will take place on 01 September at Helmeringhausen in the south. To participate in the weaner competition, producers need to put together lots of twelve (12) weaner calves with the ideal weight of 220 – 260 kg. The categories in which the animals compete are feedlot potential, veld potential and heifers with breeding potential. Within these categories judges will look at fertility, growth ability and capacity to produce meat and farming practices (de-horning, branding etc.).

Koen reflected on the 2015 weaner auction season, when Agra sold 14 572 at the 15 weaner calf auctions. Last year’s national champion was Mr. Bertus Calitz, a farmer and Charolais breeder from Gobabis.

The broad farming community, ranging from small-scale resettled farmers to established commercial farmers, from both the communal and the commercial farming areas, will participate in the auctions. In addition, competitive buyers from Namibia and its neighbouring countries are expected to attend.

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