Welcome to Vastrap Boran!

Vastrap Boran (VST) is a Boran cattle stud owned by Quentin and Marisa de Bruyn based near Ladybrand in the Eastern Free State. We’ve been Boran stud breeders since 2010 and significantly scaled up our operation in 2011 when we purchased the entire Mollshoop Boran (MHB) herd, which was originally established in 1999. Prior to breeding Boran, Quentin farmed cattle commercially for 10 years and this continues to be an important part of our business along with our crop farming (mainly maize, sunflower and wheat).

Our hearts lie with the Boran and our stud business takes up most of our time these days. See About Us for more details on how our stud was established and Why the Boran? for more information about Boran cattle.

We are passionate about promoting the Boran breed in South Africa. As an indigenous breed it has many beneficial traits, such as high resistance to ticks, biting insects and disease; the ability to maintain condition during drought; a strong herd instinct which provides protection from predation and theft; good temperament, strong mothering instincts, high fertility and longevity. Its ability to be fattened off the veld is a huge advantage in the production of organic grass-fed beef. Because it’s been a pure breed for 1 300 years (rather than a compound breed), we believe it has huge potential in cross breeding. Indeed, we’ve already experienced its strong hybrid vigour first hand in our own commercial herd where we cross Boran bulls with Angus cows. See The Boran: God’s Gift to Cattlemen for more details on the origins and special attributes of Boran cattle.

We think it’s important to build lasting relationships with fellow breeders and our clients. For this reason we welcome farm visits and make an effort to travel around the country to visit other breeders when time allows. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to arrange a visit. We are always happy to share our experience and to learn from others!

The Vastrap Boran auction takes place once a year on our farm in the second week of August (see 2014 Vastrap Boran Auction and Fun at the 2014 Vastrap Auction!). In order to be transparent, we auction all of our pregnant 7-year old cows (no exceptions!) and only 20 of our best performance tested 3-year old bulls. A selection of heifers is also offered. We also sell animals out of hand off the farm throughout the year (see Boran bulls for sale). Details of semen and embryos for sale are also available on the website.

MORE INFORMATION

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Click here for sales of Boran Bulls, Boran Semen and Boran Embryos and more information on the 2014 Vastrap Boran Auction.

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Breeding herd running with Rustin MHB 06-30 in 2014.

Cindy MHB 07-10 (Cindy MHB 04-06 & Voorslag TLM 02-03)  - On offer at the 2014 Vastrap Boran Auction!

Cindy MHB 07-10 (Cindy MHB 04-06 & Voorslag TLM 02-03) – Sold at the 2014 Vastrap Boran Auction.

The famous Jackie MHB 05-08.

The famous Jackie MHB 05-08.

Flush group with calves.

Ginger, Rose and Jackie with calves.

Hope MHB

Magnificent Hope MHB 04-11.

Rustin MHB 06-30 - our main stud sire from 2010 to 2014.

Rustin MHB 06-30 (Marula 25) – our main stud sire between 2010 and 2014.

Goliat MHB 06-47 sired by NDA 9.

Goliat MHB 06-47 sired by NDA 9.

2014-04-08_0001 Boran humps

17 thoughts on “Welcome to Vastrap Boran!

  1. Hi. My name is Park Munkombwe from Zambia. I ve spent two hours going through your website. Very interesting. I got inspired. In zambia borans are common and do well. I have a few myself. I’m developing a heard but am crossing bonsimara females with boran bull. So reading your story has really given renewed energy.

    • Hi Park. Sorry about the late reply. Hope your farming is going well. If ever you are in SA you are welcome to come and visit. Cheers Quentin

  2. Hi Guys, i am from Zimbabwe and i just can not explain the feeling i have for your Boran project, hey you guys are stunning ! how realistic is flushing a cow and does it required technical people or anyone can do that at his farm. i wanna try one.

    • Hi Fortune, thanks very much for your positive feedback. We think the Boran are stunning too! Embryo flushing is very technical and needs experienced people to prepare the cows correctly for the flushing artificially inseminate the cows,harvest the embryos, assess their quality and then re-implant them. We use a great team of veterinary scientist from Embryo Plus in Brits. Regards, Quentin.

  3. Hi guys my name is Bob an Aussie & I have started a project with buying some borans from Giles at Olpejeta with my Massai friend from the Mara. Today we bought another 5 heifers so we now have 15 head, anyway my wife and I are slowly making our way down to .SA . Will be there in October so hopefully we can catch up with yous & other boran breeders.. love your Borans.

    • Hi Bob, great to hear from you! We’d love to host you here in South Africa. We’re close to the border of Lesotho in the Eastern Free State. We spent our honeymoon at Ol Pejeta and other parts of Kenya so it holds many happy memories for us. Travel safely and hope to meet you and Cheryl later this year! Best, Quentin & Marisa

  4. Dear Quintin,

    Have you sold Zappa, Jackpot and Jolly at your last auction? If not, I am interested in purchasing one of them. Please contact me on my email address. Many thanks.

    • Hi

      The two main purposes are to use the Boran bull to cross breed with existing SA breeds because of the Boran’s hybrid vigour.
      The other is to produce low cost beef. The Boran are excellent forage converters and are also browsers. They are resistant to biting insects because of their thick movable skin and therefore save costs in terms of reduced mortality and vetinary/medical costs.
      Most importantly, they are beautiful and functional and steal any cattleman’s heart.

      Hope that helps

      Regards
      Quentin

  5. Good Morning,
    I love animals so much and I also have some cattle (brahman and mixed breed simmentaler verse) with a white bull but I’ve got to hand it to you guys wow those Boran breeds a very beautiful and their bulls are much more handsome,wow next year I want to get myself a young Boran Bull,I would like to make mixed breeds,after what I just saw I’m voting for Boran

    • Thank you for visiting our site Rakgosi and for taking the time to give us such great feedback! We agree with you wholeheartedly that the Boran Bulls are handsome and even better, they deliver exceptional calves when used in cross breeding. You are very welcome to come and visit us any time to see our cattle in person. You will not be disappointed!!

    • Hi Rakgosi

      Thank you for your kind remarks. As you can see, we have fallen head over heels in love with the Boran. I currently have several bulls that I am selling out of hand. Price range is R25k to R35k.

      Otherwise our annual bull sale is in August every year. You are welcome to arrange a farm visit as well.

      Regards
      Quentin

  6. i would like to purchase boran heifers in 2015 but have no idea as to how is cost per head..like average price.Would you pls give me a clue.

    • Hi Norman. Where are you from? I suggest you come and visit. We are in Ladybrand on the Lesotho border. Heifer vary in price from R100’000 to R18’000 – depending in quality, genetic rarity and pregnancy status. You pay peanuts your will get monkeys.

    • Charles, I am more than willing to sell some heifers to you. I have three groups. R60’000 for my absolute top quality heifers. R35’000 for second best group and R20’000 for the average group. If you want F1 boran cross heifers, those go for R10000 to R12000.

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