Get to know the ABC’s of the Brahman cattle industry and much more at the exciting ABC event. The African Brahman Congress (ABC) and National Brahman Show will take place from 28 August to 31 August at the Afridome in Parys. This will be followed by the National Brahman Sale on 1 September 2018. It promises to be a week filled with excitement and excellent knowledge share.

The ABC will see expert speakers consider many important topics in the industry. Dr. Linky Makgahlela of the Agricultural Research Council will discuss the value of genotype information in livestock improvement. She holds a PhD degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the University of Helsinki in Finland. Her current research aims to establish a research programme in livestock genomics with the view of implementing genomic selection in the national livestock improvement programmes. This includes examining issues associated with running an efficient processing pipeline from on-farm sampling, imputation as cost-effective genotyping strategies to genomic evaluation in South African livestock. She is also investigating harmful/recessive genes impairing fertility in beef cattle, genes associated with adaptation and disease resistance in livestock.

Genomics will further come under discussion with Thys Meyer’s presentation of opportunities in the beef industry from a genomics perspective. Meyer is a Brahman and Simbra breeder of more than 20 years, operating under the Lovedale Boerdery brand from a property near Lindley in the eastern Free State.  He also acts as a representative of the Livestock Registering Federation on the Beef Genomics Programme management team.

Cattle confirmation will also be an important topic of discussion. Willie de Jager, Jan de Jong and Malcolm Moodie will consider the confirmation of cows, bulls and other animals ready for slaughter. Feed topics will be discussed by Ulrich Müller of Voermol.

A very interesting presentation will be that of Ryno van der Merwe of the Namibian Brahman Breeders Society on the role of the Brahman breed in Africa.

The daily congress and show programme alternates speaker presentations with show classes and will see top quality animals in the ring.

The congress concludes with a prestigious gala dinner on the evening of 31 August before the National Brahman Sale on 1 September 2018. Approximately 70 lots will be auctioned. This includes both red and grey animals. Several semen lots will also be auctioned.

For more information on this important event in the Brahman industry, visit www.brahman.co.za or contact Karin Botha at 051 446 4619 or karin@brahman.co.za.