At Vastrap we believe a motivated and happy workforce is essential to the success of our business. We currently employ about 22 people who live on the farm with their families. Every couple of years we like to take the team on an outing to get them off the farm and share new experiences (see Farm team fun with Clarence X-Treme; Close encounter with lions; Celebrating the World Cup!). This year we took the team on a tour of Sparta Beef in Marquard. We thought it would be interesting for everyone to learn more about the meat production chain in South Africa and how we as farmers fit into it. Not only do many of our weaners end up at feedlots like Sparta, but the grain we produce is also a key input in the production of beef.
The set-up at Sparta is very impressive with massive investment in infrastructure and equipment. It really is quite something to see! Our guide, Daniel, took us through the whole process from when the animals first arrive, to the sorting pens, feeding lots, working pens, silage bunkers, feed storage and mechanics workshops. The amount of heavy equipment they have is truly incredible and the silage bunkers are huge!! After the tour we enjoyed a lunch at the Sparta Polo club which has beautiful views overlooking Marquard. To end off the day, Quentin handed out awards for Long Service (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 & 30 years); Excellent Workmanship; 100% Attendance; Extra Effort and Retirement. Over the years our staff have been incredibly loyal to us. This year Francis Koetle celebrated 30 years of service and will receive a pregnant heifer cow as thanks. Thabiso Rasoeu has retired after an amazing 37 years of service and he started working when Quentin’s father, Bill was still farming!
A huge thank you to Sparta for hosting us. A great day was had by all!
5 Years of Service: Lehlohonolo Motsetse; Mpho Jack; Teboho Nkoli
10 Years of Service: Khopiso Motake; Teboho Mahase; Daniel Ntsau; Andre Scheepers
15 Years of Service: Mokete Rasoeu
20 Years of Service: Sani Motsetse
30 Years of Service: Francis Koetle
Excellent Workmanship: Francis Koetle; Lehlohonolo Motsetse; Tshidiso Jack; Andre Scheepers; Tseliso Koetle
100% Attendance: Daniel Ntsau; Tseliso Koetle; Sabata Khatlako; Francis Koetle
Extra Effort: Teboho Mahase; Tseliso Koetle; Tshidiso Jack
Retirement: Rahaba Ntshasa (27 years of service); Thabiso Rasoeu (37 years of service); Abraham Khatlako (22 years of service)