The international Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on South-Africa, has necessitated role-players and organisers involved in arranging the 2020 Sussex Centenary Celebrations, to postpone the event to 2021 in order to celebrate it fully.

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Venue and programme

The celebrations will take place in Bloemfontein during the Bloem Show. With Nampo 2020 having confirmed its amended dates as 11 to 14 August, the Sussex Society will still participate in the first international electronic auction of semen and embryos in the auditorium at Nampo Park. This sale will be facilitated by EXSELL International Auctions.

The 2021 celebration programme includes the following:

• The National Championship, a breeder’s braai and an ‘everything-and-more auction’ to close the day.

• Half-day conference, light lunch and afternoon Sussex Symposium, with both the conference and symposium open to the public.

• The publication of the Sussex Celebration Album (orders already open).

• A stylish gala dinner to end the celebrations.

The complete programme will be provided closer to the date. For more information contact Ika van Niekerk, co-ordinator of the Sussex Centenary Celebrations, on 072 173 5705 or Daleen Potgieter, president of the Sussex Society of South Africa, on 082 816 5969. Alternatively visit the website www.sussex.co.za or email plan@sussex.co.za.

Oppie-Plaas Show and video judging

A so-called Oppie-Plaas Show with video judging will be held on the farms of several Sussex breeders during 2020, and do not form part of the Centenary Celebrations. These shows are collectively known as the Sussex New Generation Show. For more information and to participate, please contact George Potgieter on 082 787 3899 or email george@pothou.co.za. – Press release, Sussex Cattle Breeders Society

Plaas Media is a proud sponsor of the Sussex Centenary Celebrations.