Bret Walker is the chairman of the Buffelshoek Farmers’ Association, situated at the Wheatlands Sports Club between Jansenville, Pearston and Graaff Reinet.

The association presents a bi-annual fat stock sale which usually takes place in December and June. They are still going strong, says Bret, although due to game reserves buying in large tracts of land and economies of scale, the number of members has dwindled over the years from 86 to a total of twelve members at present.

Drought hinders livestock sale numbers

“Due to the crippling drought over the past three to four years, our numbers were down at the recent fat-stock sale. We were, however, very happy with the prices still being above market value and averaging approximately R33/kg for fat lambs and R23/kg for old ewes,” says Bret. “We would like to congratulate William Biggs on bringing the best old ewes, David Short for the best fat lambs and Kenneth Biggs for the best fat cows on the sale.”

As chairman he also would like to thank the buyers who supported the sale, especially Heinie Stumke and Kei Livestock. “We also thank the auctioneers, Hobson & Co, as a very professional outfit, for all their help with the sale.”

Last, but not the least, he voiced their gratitude for the women who cooked up a fantastic curry and rice for lunch, and then steak and chips for dinner. “It was great to see the community coming together, socialising and enjoying the sale and camaraderie.” – Carin Venter, Plaas Media

For any enquiries, please contact Buffelshoek Farmers Association secretary, Katie Herold, on 079 879 0796, or send an email to ordonnantie@gmail.com.