Jacques Moll bought Savanna TLM 00-03 from the Terry McLintock dispersal sale. The SAVANNA bloodline hails from the Mutara granddam ADC 8408. Mutara genetics have become very rare since the demise of Kenya’s state-run herd in the 2010 drought, once the largest gene-pool of Boran genetics in the world. On the sire side the bloodline goes back to HVT 95-03 and 1603, some of the best older genetics.
Savanna together with Hope was one of Jacques’ favourite animals. She has bred some really incredible offspring including Savanna MHB 07-16 (Khan MHB 04-27) and two top class stud sires, namely Striker MHB 05-02 (Buffel TLM 02-01) and Saffron MHB 08-30 (Voorslag TLM 02-03), which is the only 2008 MHB bull kept in the herd as a stud sire. The Savanna bloodline is one of those rare lines which breeds both excellent females and outstanding sires – a very rare attribute!
Our belief in the breeding potential of the Savanna line motivated the purchase of one of our new stud sires, Samurai SS 11-31 (Dianna SS 06-03 x Kobra SS 08-61) from Sandsonia in 2016. Samurai’s mother’s breeding goes back to 1603 on the sire side and ADC 3746 (Mutara) on the dam side, which is very similar to the Savanna line. The Savanna granddam, Savanna TLM 00-03 is also a HVT 95-03 (1603) daughter out of B 96-009 (ADC 8408). Unfortunately, the Savanna bloodline does not flush very well, so we have not been able to multiply this bloodline effectively. With only natural mating, it is also extremely difficult to produce a stud sire that we can re-use in the Vastrap herd since many of the females will be related to a Savanna son bred out of one of our own stud bulls. With his breeding, Samurai is therefore the perfect addition to our herd.