‘SA farming in good hands’ - KZN agriculture MEC

2017-06-07 06:02
Zinhle Sithole accepts the JR Brewitt Floating Trophy and Royal Show medallion, for showing the best group of four steers, from Themba Mthembu, MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development. With them is judge Malcolm Moodie, chairman of the SA Fat Stock Association.

Zinhle Sithole accepts the JR Brewitt Floating Trophy and Royal Show medallion, for showing the best group of four steers, from Themba Mthembu, MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development. With them is judge Malcolm Moodie, chairman of the SA Fat Stock Association.

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THE future of South African farming looks bright, says Themba Mthembu, MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development in KwaZulu-Natal, who watched the judging of the RAS Challenge for halter-trained animals at the Royal Show on Saturday, May 27.

Addressing students from Cedara College of Agriculture, Mtubatuba Mini Farm, Owen Sithole College of Agriculture, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Hoër Landbouskool Vryheid, he said it was important to encourage more young people to get into the agricultural industry in KZN.

“What I have seen in front of me today fits well with the focus that the department has on agricultural production,” he said.

“Seeing the youth today entrusted with these animals makes me very excited.”

Judges Malcolm Moodie, chairman of the South African Fat Stock Association and Douglas Fletcher, of the SA Fat Stock Association, had a tough task choosing the best animals on show in a huge group class.

Ultimately, however, they gave first prize to first-time exhibitors, Mtubatuba Mini Farm, who had travelled from Zululand to show their group of Bonsmaras, sponsored by Ferrero Bonsmaras from Harrismith.

Zinhle Sithole accepted the JR Brewitt Floating Trophy and Royal Show medallion from the MEC on behalf of the team, which included Ngcebo Zungu, Mandisa Msweli and Gugu Thobede.

Second place went to Hoër Landbouskool Vryheid, who also showed Bonsmaras.

Mtubatuba Mini Farm also did well in the contest for halter -trained steers, winning the under 350kg, 350kg to 399kg and 400kg to 449kg categories.

The big winner in the unhalter trained steers was Fererro Bonsmaras.

FULL RESULTS:

Halter-trained steers

Under 350kg: Mtubatuba Mini Farm (first), Owen Sithole College of Agriculture (second) and Cedara College of Agriculture (third).

Between 350kg and 399kg: Mtubatuba Mini Farm (first), Owen Sithole College of Agriculture (second),Owen Sithole College of Agriculture (third).

Between 400kg and 450kg: Mtubatuba Mini Farm (first), Hoër Landbouskool Vryheid (second) and Mtubatuba Mini Farm (third).

450kg and over: Hoër Landbou­skool Vryheid (first), Hoër Landbou­skool Vryheid (second), University of KZN.

Unhalter-trained steers (third).

Under 350kg: Weston Agricultural College (first), Weston Agricultural College (second), Weston Agricultural College (third).

Between 350kg and 399kg: Fererro Bonsmaras (first), Silvasands Farm (second), Mtubatuba Mini Farm (third).

Between 400kg and 449kg : Fererro Bonsmaras (first), Fererro Bonsmaras (second), Fererro Bonsmaras (third).

450kg and over: Fererro Bonsmaras (first), Fererro Bonsmaras (second), Fererro Bonsmaras (third).

— Supplied.

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