SA’s R1,2 million springbok now has to earn his keep

2014-08-01 00:00

KIMBERLEY — Basjan, the most expensive Kalahari springbok ram in South Africa, must now pay for his keep amid 70 ewes.

Basjan’s new owners Lohan Faber and Ronnie Graven, who paid R1,2 million for the ram at a 3G game auction in Hartsvallei, said they wanted to see his beautiful horns and heavy body appear in the new batch of springboks that will be born during March next year.

Other animals fetched record prices at the 3G auction, with a white-saddled blesbok ewe fetching R2,6 million.

The three-year-old Basjan was delivered to his new harem on a farm between Jacobsdal and Koffiefontein yesterday.

Faber said he will keep the ram close to his home to keep an eye on their investment.

He admitted they were surprised by the fierce bidding for Basjan. “We went to the auction to buy him, but we were caught unprepared by the price. People thought he would fetch about R500 000,” said Faber.

He is not suffering from buyer’s remorse however, and look forward to an excellent crop of young gazelles.

“The ram will now walk with the ewes as part of our breeding project. He has a good, heavy body and also very long horns [just over 18 inches]. Basjan is the best and prettiest ram in the herd. I am sure he will cover all the ewes.”

Faber and Graven started their game farming enterprise four years ago.

“Our springbok are pure. There are no colour variants. Basjan’s lambs will arrive in March and we will sell them at 26 months.”

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