The Standard Bank SA Stud Book Elite 2020 Awards, like so many other planned events, had to take place in a uniquely different way. The forced cancellation of Bloem Show 2020 and the restrictions that applied at the end of April meant that SA Stud Book and our sponsors had to think anew and differently about this year’s prize-giving.

One of the annual highlights of Bloem Show, namely the Vleissentraal SA Stud Book Elite Bull Growth Test Class could therefore not take place. The 2020 class attracted 22 bulls, the most participants since the inception of the class in 2012. This incredibly special event is the showcase for each breed. Based on their proven performance, genetic merit for economically important traits and functional appearance, bulls qualify to compete against each other in the ring. It is especially popular because it adds all the elements that are expected of a top breeding bull.

As there was no opportunity to nominate a general winner in the show ring, Vleissentraal and SA Stud Book still want to convey special congratulations to all the breeders and owners of the bulls that would have competed if not for the COVID-19 restrictions.

Read more about the breeders, owners and bulls on pages 23 to 31 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Plaas Media SA Stud Book Elite 2020 Platinum Bull Awards

The role that the breeding bull plays in the future profitability of beef cattle herds cannot be overemphasised. Growth efficiency, optimal utilisation of nutritional resources, the efficiency of the bull’s daughters for the characteristics of female animals, and the ability to produce a profitable calf are just some of the characteristics of a top-class breeding bull.

The Plaas Media SA Stud Book Elite Platinum Bull Awards recognise bulls with a proven track record of growth efficiency, with dams that also proved that they passed the very strict test of Stud Book to achieve gold status at least twice in a row.

Seven or more calves must be weaned, with extremely strict conditions for age of first calving, calving intervals, weight performance of each weaned calf and BLUP breeding values for reproduction, pre-weaning growth, milk (maternal) and birthweight. Only the top five bulls receive awards.

Read more about the breeders, owners and bulls on pages 12 to 13 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Landbouweekblad SA Stud Book Elite 2020 Platinum Beef Cow Awards

The breeding cow is the ‘factory’ for every beef cattle producer. Science shows that the breeding cow, depending on the time of year, requires more than 90% of the nutritional needs of the production animals in a beef cattle production system. Efficient cows therefore equate to sustainable profitability.

The Landbouweekblad SA Stud Book Elite Platinum Beef Cow Awards recognise the role that breeding cows play in sustainable profit in beef cattle herds. The offspring of these cows form the foundation for the direction of each breed. The extremely strict requirements for nominations ensure that only the absolute best of the best is eligible.

These requirements include proven records for early and regular reproduction rates, consecutive weaning performance of calves, retention of offspring and excellent BLUP breeding values. Despite this, it still takes a lot of brainstorming to nominate only one cow per breed as the winner for the breed. Eleven awards were made in 2020 (ten breeds in South Africa and one award for a cow in Namibia).

Read more about the breeders, owners and the cows’ outstanding achievements on pages 15 to 19 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The SA Stud Book Elite 2020 Platinum Dairy Cows of the Year

As in the case of beef cattle, the production efficiency of dairy cows is the basis of sustainable profit for dairy herds. Stud Book would like to give recognition for excellent dairy cows by awarding the SA Stud Book Elite 2020 Platinum Dairy Cows of the Year. Cows from the most important dairy breeds are eligible for the award.

A cow must have already completed a fifth lactation to be eligible. Her kilogram of solids production per day of life places her in a ranking within her breed. It therefore also means that cows should calve early for the first time, calve regularly, maintain good production and produce milk that is sought after by milk buyers. Her genetic merit also plays a role – in other words, how profitable her offspring will be within the South African production environment.

Read more about the breeders, owners, and the cows’ outstanding achievements on page 36 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Unistel SA Stud Book Developing Breeder of the Year

SA Stud Book is proud to recognise the integration of emerging farmers in the South African stud industry. Stud Book members and breeders’ associations are encouraged to be actively involved in assisting new entrants and developing breeders. Stud Book has been working with Unistel laboratory, which provides important genetic services, to assist developing stud breeders in expanding their herds by purchasing top stud animals.

The Unistel SA Stud Book Developing Breeder of the Year is selected from nominations from the Stud Book Breeders’ Association. The winner for 2020 is Boggie Bonsmara herd, belonging to Bookholane Mokoena. He farms near Nigel in Gauteng.

Read more about this herd and owner on page 21 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Farmer’s Weekly SA Stud Book Mentor Breeder for 2020

Recognition is also gladly given to the stud breeder or group of stud breeders who are involved in mentoring new entrants and developing stud breeders. Also, in this case, Stud Book encourages its members to get involved and ensure that the stud industry can continue sustainably through healthy mentorship.

Breeders’ societies nominate candidates for the Farmer’s Weekly SA Stud Book Elite Mentor Breeder and one annual award is made after a thorough evaluation. The Farmer’s Weekly SA Stud Book Mentor Breeder for 2020 is Johan Erasmus, a Boran breeder.

Read more about this breeder on page 21 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The SA Stud Book Genetic Dairy Herd for 2020

SA Stud Book’s comprehensive services for dairy cattle are based on careful recording of all reproduction, health, production and product quality data. The management information that emerges from it is used by milk producers to make timely decisions to keep the herds profitable.

The same information also serves as the basis for genetic information and to be able to make the right selection decisions. The SA Stud Book Genetic Dairy Herd of the Year recognises the dairy herd that pursues clear breeding goals and, through the genetic level of the herd for the highest sustainable profit, provides proof that the right selection and breeding practices are applied.

The winner of the SA Stud Book Genetic Dairy Herd for 2020 is Limpopo dairy producer Joubert Fourie.

Read more about this herd and breeder on page 39 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year

The highlight of the SA Stud Book Elite 2020 Awards is to give recognition to the top stud herds of the year. These breeders and their respective herds and flocks are truly the best of the best who make use of Stud Book’s services.

Although each species or production group is unique, the basis of the allocations is accurate, reliable, and diligent recording of all data and its appropriate use in the herds and flocks involved.

The main sponsors of the SA Stud Book Elite 2020 Awards deserve applause for their involvement in the South African stud industry and the encouragement they give to keep stud breeding on track. They thus ensure that every livestock producer and breeder of livestock and companion animals is part of the precision needed to deliver the best product.

The Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for other species is awarded to Beverli Katz, breeder and owner of Klein Sandfontein Boerboele.

Read more about this enterprise and breeder on page 45 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Dairy Cattle

The Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Dairy Cattle is awarded to the dairy herd that records carefully, has a proven record of excellent reproduction, udder health, a healthy herd composition, sustainable milk production of outstanding solid composition and outstanding genetics.

The top six herds that use Stud Book services reach platinum status and receive a certificate in recognition. The top herd is crowned as the Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Dairy Cattle.

The winner for 2020 is the Kluitjieskraal Jersey herd. DeLaval is also recognised as an important sponsor for this prestigious award.

Read more about the finalists and this herd and breeder on pages 37 to 39 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Horses

The Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Horses gives recognition to the horse breeder and his or her herd who keeps accurate records and uses data correctly in the breeding of their herds. The top five horse herds, across all breeds, are identified and recognised as platinum herds. A winner is chosen from their ranks.

The Standard Bank Telwiedrè Voere SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Horses for 2020 is the Tokoza SA Boerperdstoet of Frikkie and Ansie Combrink.

Read more about the finalists and this herd and breeder on page 44 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Vleissentraal SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Small Stock

The Vleissentraal SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Small Stock is an extremely tough competition. The top twelve small-stock herds achieve platinum status and a winner is announced from their ranks.

Proper and complete recording of reproduction, registration and production characteristics form the basis of these calculations. In addition, small-stock herds are also evaluated based on their reproductive status and the genetic level of each flock for profitability.

The 2020 Vleissentraal SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Small Stock is the Majobe Merino Stud of Johan Hoffman.

Read more about the finalists and this herd and breeder on pages 41 to 43 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

The Vleissentraal SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Beef Cattle

The Vleissentraal SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year for Beef Cattle has come a long way. As in the case of the dairy cattle and small stock, awards are made at different levels, namely Elite bronze, silver, gold and double gold.

From these awards, the top ten herds each receive a platinum award. From these herds, a national winner is named the Vleissentraal SA Stud Book Stud Herd of the Year. The extremely strict criteria focus on meticulous and accurate recording of reproduction, production and product quality as well as accurate stud breeding practices.

The equally important aspects considered are the reproduction level of the herd and the genetic levels of bulls and female animals as measured by the cow value as an indication of profit per hectare.

The winner for 2020 is the Lamus Bonsmara herd of Christopher Melamu.

Read more about the finalists and this herd and breeder on pages 33 to 35 of the September 2020 issue of SA Stud Breeder.

SA Stud Book and its sponsors would like to recognise the stud breeders of South Africa, Southern Africa and other parts of the world who make use of Stud Book’s services and products.

Every breeder can be proud of his or her achievements and of being part of one of the world’s absolute best recording and genetic evaluation systems. Stud Book, like its breeders, does not have to shy away when discussing top recording and breeding practices. The awards for 2020 serve as proof of this. – Press release, SA Stud Book

SA Stud Book wishes to apologise for the mistake made with regard to the ownership of the SA Stud Book Elite Platinum Dairy Cow of the Year: Holstein. SA Stud Book would like to give recognition to the breeder and owner of the Holstein cow Klipmabo 11332, Philip Blanckenberg.

Click here to read more about the winners of the SA Stud Book Elite 2020 competition.