Vastrap Boran (VST) is a Boran cattle stud based near Ladybrand in the Eastern Free State and is owned by Quentin and Marisa de Bruyn. We registered our stud in 2010 after the acquisition of our first stud cow, Eve TLM 02-43, our original herd matriach. This purchase was closely followed with the purchase of the now famous Jackie MHB 05-08 (see the Jackie story here), which really put Vastrap Boran on the map. The Boran quickly stole both our hearts and minds. Our transition to this wonderful breed was completed with the purchase of the renowned Mollshoop Boran stud in 2011, which was originally established in 1999.
See About Us for more details on how our stud was established and Why the Boran? for more information about Boran cattle. See The Boran: God’s Gift to Cattlemen for more details on the origins and special attributes of Boran cattle.
We are passionate about the Boran breed and absolutely convinced about the positive influence the Boran will have on the South African beef industry. As an African indigenous breed, Boran cattle have 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. In addition, unlike many European cattle breeds, Boran cattle can be fattened off the veld which a huge advantage in the production of organic grass-fed beef.
The Boran’s single biggest selling point is the advantage gained by using it as a corner stone in any cross-breeding beef production programme. Not only has the Boran been a pure breed for 1 300 years, but genome testing has confirmed that it is further removed genetically than any other breed in South Africa. It therefore should yield incredible hybrid vigour in any cross-breeding programme, whilst contributing all its other benefits mentioned above, such as low maintenance, fattening off the veld and resistance to diseases. In our opinion this is where the future lies for the Boran in South Africa – as the #1 choice in any cross-breeding beef production programme!
We have personally experienced the incredible hybrid vigour yielded by the Boran in our own commercial herd where we cross breed Boran bulls with Angus cows (see The Commercial Future of the Boran: Cross-Breeding and Boran x Angus Cross Yields Results!)
Vastrap genetics are offered for sale at the annual Vastrap Boran Auction, which takes place on the third Friday of August each year (see 2020 Vastrap Auction). 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. Click HERE for results of the 2020 Vastrap Auction.
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. 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!
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