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Key Results

  1. Having developed a very successful way of mechanically clearing fields and establishing Bloubuff el pastures, the farming family does not consider chemical treatment to be the right method.

  2. 1000 hectares of Bloubuff el pasture have been established.

  3. From experience, it has been learned that bush clearing and the application of continuous grazing results in the bush returning after eight years.

  4. In order to overcome the struggle of keeping up with the production of Bloubuffel, a high density, fast rotation is being investigated to maintain Bloubuffel growth during the growing season. 

  5. When the Bloubuff el pastures become weak they are replanted first with ground-nuts, and then with sorghum in the next season, which are grazed before being replanted with Bloubuffel once again.

  6. Our stocking rates and densities have been too low and our recovery periods too long in order to stimulate the Bloubuffel eff ectively, keeping them in a productive and high-quality state of growth.

  7. Farms with similar rainfall in South Africa aim to produce 200 kg/ ha on Bloubuffel pastures that were established 15 years ago. With 1000 ha of Bloubuffel already established on Farm Blystroom, the potential is immense, even if a quarter of this can be reached. 

Farm Blystroom

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Dawie Kok. Three generations of Farm Blystroom farmers assess the effects of an unplanned fi re on production. Since the 1970s, they have fought against bush encroachment. Manual debushing and planting Bloubuff el (Cenchrus sp.) is their main solution to the problem. Cash and cover crops are being investigated. 

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