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Key Results

  1. Increased animal numbers from 344 cattle and 285 sheep in 2016 to 491 cattle and 1423 sheep in 2021.

  2. Increased stocking rate, from 33 kg/ha to 60 kg/ha (excluding game and un-weaned calves).

  3. Open areas and more intensive management has reduced small stock losses due to theft and predators from 18% to less than 5%.

  4. Very good animal fertility has been achieved: Since 2016, average calf weaning of 71%; since 2019, sheep weaning percentage of 163% (of mated ewes and cows). 

  5. Throughout the year, animal condition remains good and at low cost.

  6. Very good resilience during the 2019/20 drought, where all the livestock were successfully brought through, even though bush-rolling was only practiced at scale in 2016 and the sheep only increased in 2018.

  7. Improved biodiversity of species (grass, herbs, shrubs and creepers).

  8. Reduced input costs (lick consumption has reduced since the onset of bush-rolling). 

  9. Less labour and time required to move animals from camp to camp.

Farm Buffelhoek

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Koos and Timo Briedenhann have shifted from farming with grass to 
farming with both bush and grass. On this farm, good browse bush is worth 
its weight in gold. If good quality browse is made available, the cattle and 
sheep will utilise it and perform very well at low costs. 

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