Prime performance

2011-06-03 00:00

IT may not have come close to the dizzying record heights of R3 000/kg set in 2007, but this year’s champion lamb carcass still managed to achieve a great price.

The white dorper lamb, which was bred by G.J. Lotter, was bought by Ivan Rattan of Crown Butchery in Phoenix for R400/kg.

Lotter won a cash prize of R1 000, a Royal Show medallion, sash and champion certificate, and the Crafcor Hygrade Floating Trophy.

He also bred both the first and second reserve champion carcasses at this year’s show. The first reserve was sold for R230/kg to Warwick Taylor of Pick n Pay butchery in Victoria Road, and the second reserve for R160/kg to Kennedy Meat Market.

And Lotter’s group of four white dorpers was named champion group on show for 2011. The reserve champion group of white dorpers was bred by B.J. McKenzie of the Dargle. Both groups of carcasses were bought by Rattan.

Lotter, who travelled from the Eastern Cape to compete at the show, said he was surprised but thrilled with the success of his white dorpers — a breed he described as “the best slaughter lambs”.

He added that he would definitely be back at the Royal Show in 2012 and is keen to show other breeders the quality of the white dorper.

In the beef category it was Weston Agricultural College that walked off with all but one of the top honours. Grade 11 pupils at the Mooi River school were responsible for making sure the champion carcass, a Brahman Cross, achieved 98,88% in the competition.

For their efforts the school received a cash prize of R2 000, a Royal Show medallion, sash and champion certificate, and the General Arnott Memorial Trophy. And, in the auction which followed, Rattan bought the champion beef carcass for R65/kg.

Weston also bred the reserve champion beef carcass, the champion group and the reserve champion group at this year’s show, which sold for R36/kg, R29/kg and R29/kg respectively in the auction. The reserve champion was bought by the Butcher Boys restaurant in Pietermaritzburg and the group carcasses by Michael Frey of Port Shepstone.

Pierre van Rensburg, an animal practice teacher at Weston, said he is extremely proud of what his pupils had achieved.

“There are about 40 grade 11s involved in getting these animals to show standard,” he said. “I knew we had some good animals, but it’s always hard to say exactly what they look like under the skin, so winning was a huger than huge surprise.”

Van Rensburg said the school is happy with the prices achieved at auction and will be returning in 2012 to defend their title.

The second reserve champion carcass was a Brangus bred by Glyn Trodd of Bergville, which was sold for R33/kg to Mona Trust Farming in Ermelo.

 

Pen of four slaughter lambs, either sex, any breed, having no permanent incisors, with an average weight of under 40kg: 1. JVE Boerdery; 2. GJ Lotter; 3. WJC Reitz; 4. R Hugo.

Pen of four slaughter lambs, either sex, any breed, having no permanent incisors, with an average weight of 40kg and over: 1. M Gietzmann and J Keyser; 2. GJ Lotter; 3. M Gietzmann and J Keyser; 4. GJ Lotter.

Champion commercial animal on the hoof: GJ Lotter

Reserve champion commercial animal on the hoof: GJ Lotter.

Steer, haltertrained, under 400kg: 1. Weston Agricultural College; 2. Weston Agricultural College; 3. KZN Hereford Club; 4. Cedara College of Agriculture

Steer, haltertrained, over 400kg & under 450kg: 1. Owen Sithole Agricultural College; 2. JA Labuschagne (shown by Vryheid Landbouskool); 3. Weston Agricultural College; 4. Cedara College Agriculture

Steer, haltertrained, over 450kg: 1. Owen Sithole Agricultural College; 2. Owen Sithole Agricultural College; 3. Owen Sithole Agricultural College; 4. Cedara College of Agriculture

Steer, unhaltertrained, under 400kg: 1. Hunters Rest Black Brangus; 2. JA and PJ Mapstone; 3. KZN Hereford Club; 4. Hunters Rest Black Brangus

S teer, unhaltertrained, over 400kg & under 450kg: 1. KZN Hereford Club; 2. Jacobs Boerdery; 3. Hunters Rest Black Brangus; 4. Barry Farming Partnership

Steer, unhaltertrained, over 450kg: 1. KZN Hereford Club; 2. Barry Farming Partnership; 3. Dun Raven Farms; 4. KZN Hereford Club

Champion Commercial Animal on the Hoof: Owen Sithole Agricultural College

Reserve Champion Commercial Animal on the Hoof: KZN Hereford Club

I was surprised but thrilled with the success of the white dorpers.’ — Lotter

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