By Quentin de Bruyn At the annual Vastrap Boran auction we offer all of our own bred pregnant 7-year old cows for sale. This is an exceptional opportunity to select a cow that most perfectly suits your farming environment and breeding objectives. In this article I will demonstrate all the tools that you can use … Continue reading The Vastrap Boran 7-year Old Cow Offering – your best value proposition ever!
By Quentin de Bruyn When selecting animals to buy or retain in your herd its physical appraisal or how it "looks" will always be important. Stockmanship, or the art of being able to judge how an animal will breed on its “looks” is an art that takes years of experience, working with cattle, attending breeders … Continue reading How to use EBVs for Selection
The Vastrap Auction is distinguished by the fact that we offer for sale every single one of our own bred pregnant 7-year old cows. Each year these cows represent some of the best animals in the entire Vastrap herd and sometimes, the best in the country. This offers the buyer complete transparency and the opportunity … Continue reading Unique offering of 7-year old cows sets Vastrap apart
Unfortunately this article is only available in Afrikaans. The article outlines the history of the Vastrap Boran stud, our auction philosophy and our Boran/Angus cross-breeding strategy. For more information please see Boran x Angus cross yields results and The Commercial future of the Boran: Cross-breeding.
Quentin made this video on how to brand cattle neatly and efficiently. This is something that can be very hard to do if you don't have the right equipment and good technique. Cattle branding is the primary means by which animals are identified in South Africa and it is compulsory by law to brand all … Continue reading Cattle branding tips
I am very excited to share the latest weaning results from the Vastrap commercial cross-breeding herd. I have never seen such impressive cow:calf wean ratios as yielded by this group of commercial F1 Boran/Angus cows bred back to Angus bulls. The group yielded an average of 53% for females (with every single […]
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I report that Jackie MHB 05-08 was stuck and killed by lightening last night. Jackie has had such a huge impact at Vastrap and her story reflects the journey that I have walked with the Boran. It’s probably hard for new Boran breeders to really … Continue reading Jackie MHB 05-08 – Tribute to a Herd Matriarch
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 … Continue reading Vastrap team visit to Sparta
Thank you to everyone who supported the 2017 Vastrap Auction on Friday, 18 August. In many ways it was an emotional day for us as we bid farewell to the last remaining Mollshoop Boran cows that were the founding matriarchs of the Vastrap herd. Our Boran journey started with these cows and we have them to thank … Continue reading 2017 Vastrap Auction: Farewell Mollshoop
In this blog I would like to focus on Estimated Breeding Values (EBV's) and why are they so important. In particular, how can EBVs be used to help pick which animals to buy in order to build or improve one's herd. The main point I would like to make is that EBVs supply crucial decision-making information … Continue reading The importance of accurate EBVs in animal selection