Top buffalo: Farmers game to pay multi-million record price for young bull

2012-09-04 00:00

A YOUNG buffalo bull was sold on Saturday for a record amount of R26 million on auction at Mbizi Lodge outside Bela-Bela.

This makes Horison, the buffalo bull, the most expensive wild animal yet sold in South Africa.

Horison cost R8 million more than the buffalo bull Senatla, which sold for R18 million on auction outside Thabazimbi.

Horison is four years and 10 months old and has already got a set of horns measuring almost 1,13 metres from tip to tip. Senatla’s horns measured 1,10 metres.

Norman Adami, spokesperson for the Association of Stud Game Farmers, said the record price that was paid for Horison proves that people had confidence in the game industry. Horison was bred by Jacques and Carolien Malan. Malan is a well-known game farmer and a former executive head of the Game Industry of SA. Piet du Toit and two game farmers from Rustenburg bought Horison.

Vleissentraal, the group that managed the auction, said seven record prices were reached on Saturday and three were equalled. A pregnant buffalo cow from Nyumbu Game was sold for R5,2 million. Some 1 000 people attended the auction, which turned over R122 280 000.

Adami said quality game was an excellent investment and was a renewable form of farming that contributed some R10 billion annually to the South African economy.

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