Calf rescue!

This is the story of a little Boran bull calf who fell down an aardvark hole and was very lucky to be rescued by Quentin. We're not sure if other Boran farmers have experienced this too, but we've had quite a few incidents of calves falling down holes that they couldn't get out of, much … Continue reading Calf rescue!

The grass is greener!

It's amazing what a difference rain makes, especially in the usually dull Free State! Earlier this week Quentin did a photo shoot with some of his Boran cows that are being prepared for embryo flushing at Stompie Olivier's farm about 40km from Vastrap near Hobhouse.  Some of these cows will also be on sale at … Continue reading The grass is greener!

Motherly Affection

Boran cows have extremely strong mothering instincts, which make them very protective of their calves. Perhaps this has something to do with their heritage in Kenya of grazing in the veld alongside wild animals (see The Boran: God's Gift to Cattlemen). I saw this first hand one day when I was walking the dogs and … Continue reading Motherly Affection

A farmer’s work is never done

I’ve been trying to write this post since early yesterday morning, but our internet connection was down and somehow I never finished it. I haven't posted about the farm in ages because we've been away so much. It has been raining heavily in most parts of the country except here with us. Every time rain … Continue reading A farmer’s work is never done

A Calf is Born

Quentin arrived home in a very big hurry one afternoon in late May shouting for Ashley and me to come with him. There was a cow in distress and she needed help with the delivery of her calf, which was in a breach position. This was the first I had ever heard about "pulling a … Continue reading A Calf is Born

R.I.P. Little Calf

It's been a sad few days here at Vastrap. Ashley arrived at the farm on Sunday for her monthly 10 day visit. On Monday an extremely severe cold front swept through the country causing snow fall in all nine provinces. I was in Johannesburg for a night on Monday and when I drove back to … Continue reading R.I.P. Little Calf

Calving season has begun!

It’s calving seasons at Vastrap! Since the end of July little babies have been arriving all over the place keeping Quentin, Abraham, Tshidiso and Molantwa very busy recording each birth and checking to see that there aren’t any problems. We have three different types of calves at Vastrap. The naturally bred Angus and Boran calves … Continue reading Calving season has begun!