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 characteristics, such as high resistance to ticks, biting insects and disease; the ability to maintain condition during drought (see Boran resilient through extreme 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 Commercial Future of the Boran: Cross-Breeding). 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 annual Vastrap Boran Auction takes place in the first half of August each year. In order to be transparent, our auction policy is to sell all of our own-bred 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. The 2017 Vastrap Auction will take place on Friday, 18 August 2017. (For details of our last auction see 2016 Vastrap Boran Auction and Gumboots and raincoats at the 4th Vastrap Auction).
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