Jackie-Khan: the foundation of the Vastrap herd

The two most prominent bloodlines in the Vastrap Boran herd are the Jackie motherline and the Khan sireline. The Jackie’s have been prolific breeders because of their enormous flushing capabilities and excellent fertility. The Jackie’s are obviously close to our hearts, because the very first investment we made in the Boran was the purchase of Jackie MHB 05-08 for R500’000, the year before we acquired the entire Mollshoop herd.

Khan MHB 04-27 (from the Kelly bloodline) is the bull that has made the greatest impact on the Vastrap herd in terms of sheer numbers and quality of his offspring. He was used as the primary sire from 2006 until he was sold in 2013. Khan is a bull with “X-factor” – incredible length of body, depth, muscling and most importantly, he breeds quality. A year after Burnie Staal bought him, he confided that the purchase of Khan made him feel like he had bought 50% of the Vastrap herd. Burnie showed further faith in this combination by purchasing a Khan son out of Jackie MHB 09-20, VST 13-84 for R160’000, the top priced animal at the 2016 Vastrap Auction!

Khan MHB 04-27 (2012)

Khan MHB 04-27 (KPO 786 x ADC 5761).

KHAN MHB 04-27 (Back)

Here you can see the incredible muscling and width on his back.

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The Jackie-Khan combination creates the foundation on which the Vastrap herd is built. Not only is this a combination that yields eye catching and beautiful progeny, but these offspring have themselves gone on to breed fantastically well with a range of different bulls (Rustin, Griffen, Goliat & Ollie). Below are some examples of the quality and impact that the Jackie-Khan offspring have made on the Vastrap herd. What is remarkable is that not one of the Jackie’s shown below is from same Dam, which demonstrates the amazing consistency of this motherline.

Jackie MHB 07-31 (Jackie MHB 05-06 x Khan MHB 04-27).

Jackie MHB 07-31 (Jackie MHB 05-06 x Khan MHB 04-27) – Judged “Champion of the Yard” at the 2015 Boran Expo.

Jackie MHB 08-07 (Jackie MHB 05-12 x Khan MHB 04-27).

Jackie MHB 08-07 (Jackie MHB 05-12 x Khan MHB 04-27) – mother to Jazz MHB 11-15. 

Jackie MHB 09-22 (Jackie MHB 05-10 x Khan MHB 04-27)

Jackie MHB 09-22 (Jackie MHB 05-10 x Khan MHB 04-27) – simply stunning!!

Jackie MHB 12-40 (Jackie MHB 07-32 x Khan MHB 04-27) - granddaughter of Jackie MHB 05-08.

Jackie MHB 12-40 (Jackie MHB 07-32 x Khan MHB 04-27) – granddaughter of Jackie MHB 05-08.

Jazz MHB 11-15 at weaning (MHB 08-07 x Rustin MHB 06-30).

Jazz MHB 11-15 (MHB 08-07 x Rustin MHB 06-30) – looking beautiful at weaning!

Jazz MHB 11-15 (Jackie MHB 08-07 x Rustin MHB 06-30).

Jazz MHB 11-15 (Jackie MHB 08-07 x Rustin MHB 06-30) – a stunning young bull now flying the Boran flag in Zimbabwe. 

VST 13-84: The highest priced animal at the 2016 Vastrap Auction (R160'000).

VST 13-84: The highest priced animal at the 2016 Vastrap Auction sold to Burnie Staal for R160’000.

Busy, busy, Boran!

It’s been an incredibly busy two weeks here at Vastrap with non-stop cattle work on the go. We were notified very late that our 2013 heifers and 2012 bulls would be inspected by the Boran Society yesterday. Before animals can be inspected they need to be branded so Quentin took a full three days working 60 bulls and 100 heifers in heatwave conditions! On Friday, Gideon Botha came to do our inspections, which all went very well.

In the meantime, we had booked the vet to do pregnancy tests on all our stud animals, which took a whole morning. Fortunately, we have been blessed with a very good year and a conception rate of 94%, which is well above last year. Nothing has changed in our cattle management so it’s amazing to see how sensitive fertility can be to weather and grazing conditions.

Another morning was taken up by the annual evaluation and grading of our pregnant heifers and 3-year old bulls by our panel of independent breeders: Stompie Olivier, Theo van Zyl and Rikus Stander. They also helped us chose the animals we will take to the Boran Expo at Kroon Boma on 13 March. The selection process for the bulls that will be sold at the 2015 Vastrap Auction is now complete since all the performance testing was done last year. We are very excited to see which bulls make the final cut, with only 15-20 out of an original group of 50 going on sale.

In between all of this we’ve been visited by three different groups of breeders interested in seeing our animals. This is the part of cattle breeding that we love, meeting new people and sharing our passion for the Boran. We were particularly happy to meet CJ van Rhyn and Christo Germishuys of Luca Boran in Mpumalanga for the first time. They came to buy six pregnant 2012 heifers and left with a beautiful parcel of animals. The selection process was open and transparent. We took all of our 2012 heifers and sorted them into age groups and breeding lines. Quentin then removed ten of his favourite heifers that were not for sale. CJ and Christo then had the pick of the rest and in all honesty, there was very little separating the six that they finally chose and the ten that we kept. After spending some quality time with our herds and staying the night with us at Vastrap, they left very happy and satisfied customers.

One of the other visits, by Tinus Bessinger and Evan de Jager of Groenland Borane culminated in the sale of one of our stud sires, Goliat MHB 06-47. It was great to have them visit for two days so that they could thoroughly inspect Goliat’s offspring and the impact he has had on the Vastrap Boran herd. Farewell Goliat, we hope you will work very hard and make a big impression at your new home!

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Six stunning 2012 heifers chosen by Luca Borane.

Six stunning 2012 heifers chosen by Luca Borane.

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Ginger VST 12-31 (Ginger MHB 04-07 x Khan)

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Heading back to Mpumalanga!

Farewell Rustin!

We are proud to announce the sale of our primary stud sire, Rustin MHB 06-30 (Marula 25 x KPO 21) to Eloff Muller from Tambaraine Boran. Rustin has been the primary stud sire at Vastrap Boran for the past three years and has left an indelible mark on the herd with his great offspring. He is incredibly virile and has worked tirelessly! In our opinion, Rustin comes very close to being the perfect Boran bull. He has a great head, he is broad in the chest, and he has a perfect topline with well defined rib-eye muscles. He is well muscled with strong forearms and hocks. He weighs 780kg in good condition and has excellent capacity. To round things off he has a perfect sheath and an elegant tail which hangs to the ground. Most importantly he is virile and produces fantastic calves! Good bye our Rustin. We wish Eloff all the greatest success with this magnificent bull!

Rustin MHB 06-30 (Marula 25 x KPO 21)

Rustin MHB 06-30 (Marula 25 x KPO 21)

Rustin MHB 06-30 front view

Showing off his head, broad chest and muscular back (2014).

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Showing off his broad back and rib-eye muscling.

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In 2010 as a young bull with a bright future.

 

Putting our Bulls to the Test

This week we were visited by Siebert and Gerdus from Studbook who took measurements of our bulls for performance testing. Performance tests are an important complement to other criteria in our bull selection. We believe that rigorous selection criteria, which includes performance testing contributes to the betterment of the Boran breed. The tests allow us to rank each bull against its peers using a range of calculations derived from measurements of average daily weight gain (measured over 6 months); fat layering on the rump and rib; marbling on the sirloin and sirloin size; length and height of animal; skin thickness and scrotum circumference.

At the 2016 Vastrap Boran Auction we will be offering 20 of our best 3-year old bulls. These bulls will go through a three-step process of evaluation. First, inspection by the Boran society. Second, a more detailed inspection and grading  by a group of fellow Boran breeders, and lastly the performance testing. After each evaluation round the poorest performers are slaughtered and only 20 of the top performing bulls from a group of 50 will be offered at the auction. By doing this we endeavour to provide bulls that will be good ambassadors for both Vastrap Boran and the Boran breed as a whole.

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