Vastrap Boran Auction: Johnnie Walker Whisky Tasting

We had a fantastic time hosting guests from all over the country at the first annual Vastrap Boran auction. We were even able to tempt Boran lovers from Namibia to join us for the event – thank you Hermanus and Marlene Biewenga for travelling such a long way! People who stayed at guest houses in Ladybrand on Thursday night also joined us at Vastrap for a special whisky tasting evening sponsored by Johnnie Walker. Thanks to the lure of good whisky, neighbours from as far as Thaba Nchu even braved the cold to socialise with us! The tasting of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and Johnnie Walker Blue Label was led by Derek Cuthbert, a whisky expert from Brandhouse in Johannesburg. Johnnie Walker Red, Black and Double Black was also available for comparison. During the tasting it was revealed that the buyers of the most expensive animals on the auction would each receive a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label – an exceptional treat indeed!

The menu was especially chosen to complement the whisky: smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis, chicken liver patè, mushroom patè, home made sausage rolls, a large steak and guinness pie, a decadent cheese board and mini chocolate cupcakes. A large outside fire pit helped to keep the smokers warm, while our Aga stove and Morsø fire contributed to a cozy atmosphere indoors. The revelry carried on late into the night, with some of the last guests only arriving at midnight! Thank you to everyone who made the effort to join us. We hope you had a great time and we would love to see you again next year!

Last minute food preparations.

Last minute food preparations.

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Hayley Breytenbach from Brenaissance Stud with her decadent cheese board.

Hayley Breytenbach from Brenaissance Stud with her decadent cheese board creation.

Stephen & Debbie Johnson from Frontier Borans, partners in the auction.

Stephen & Debbie Johnson from Frontier Borans, partners in the auction.

Rob Hamilton from Cambrai Stud getting to know Tumi & Patch.

Rob Hamilton from Cambrai Stud getting to know Tumi & Patch.

Derek Cuthbert with Jarren & Simeon Hurwitz from B. Hurwitz Farming.

Derek Cuthbert with Jarren & Simeon Hurwitz from B. Hurwitz Farming.

Albert & Karen van Zyl (Meander Boran) and Hanlie & Ockert Werner (Model Boran).

Marisa with Karen & Albert van Zyl (Meander Borane) and Hanlie & Ockert Werner (Model Borane).

Quentin with Ockert Werner & Hendy Mathews.

Quentin with Ockert Werner & Hendy Mathews.

Derek fielding questions.

Derek fielding questions.

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Braving the cold!

Keith & Karen Peinke from Peinke Ranch, partners in the auction.

Keith & Karen Peinke from Peinke Ranch, partners in the auction.

Touring with the Free State Boran Club

The Free State Boran Club organised a tour to Stompie Olivier (Hotspot Boran), Quentin de Bruyn (Vastrap Boran) and Makena Scheepers (Letselaskraal Boran). This was followed by a Boran stud breeders’ course held at Rikus Stander’s farm near Marquard (Mount Kenya Boran).

The tour was extremely well supported by 21 fellow Boran breeders. It was an awesome opportunity to showcase our Boran herd to fellow breeders and we really enjoyed the opportunity to see great quality animals in other herds. There was also plenty of time for socialising. Great thanks to our sponsors, OVK, Voermol and Embryo Plus, which enabled us to have an amazing evening at Oranje Guest Farm near Fouriesburg where we were treated to fantastic hospitality by Makena and Mona Scheepers.

Cindy MHB 07-10 - one of the cows seen at Vastrap Boran.

Cindy MHB 07-10 – one of the cows seen at Vastrap Boran.

At Makena and Mona Scheepers.

Free State Boran club members at Letselaskraal Boran with Makena and Mona Scheepers.

A cluster of beautiful Boran at the magnificent Letselaskraal.

A cluster of beautiful Boran at the magnificent Letselaskraal.

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Contemplating beauty.

Oranje Guest Farm near Fouriesburg.

Oranje Guest Farm near Fouriesburg.

Albert van Zyl and Rikus Stander.

Albert van Zyl and Rikus Stander.

The two day Boran breeders’ course was presented by Mario du Preez and Stefan Buys. The course is a must for both aspiring and current breeders with a focus on the tools needed to run a stud successfully and to create common goals for the Boran breed in South Africa. Again, we need to thank both Rikus Stander and Willie Anderson for allowing us to use their facilities and their animals to judge and for being so generous with their time.

The new committee of the Free State Club have started the year brilliantly with great communication, enthusiasm and delivery. The success of both the tour and the course can be squarely attributed to Albert van Zyl (Meander Boran), Rikus Stander and Stompie Olivier. Well done guys! Click here to see the new Free State Boran Club website.