Farmers show off their livestock

WINNERS IN THE LAMB CATEGORY: From left; M Kelepu, P Tsusi ,T Duba , L Fletcher and L Napoleon

A bi-annual communal flock competition at the Tarkastad Agricultural Showgrounds last week with about 120 people in attendance had top animals on show.

Department of rural development agrarian officials were among the people who attended and 74 animals were entered into categories, showcasing the best lambs, two-tooth and four six tooth ewes and rams.

Mount Fletcher in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality produced the most winners in all categories with Napoleon Lehlohla taking the first place and T Duba second in all the categories.

A lamb from 2015 winner Lehlohla was scored as being of the highest quality and Duba was awarded the prize for the best ram.

Public relations officer of National Woolgrowers’ Association (NWGA), Bonita Francis, said by presenting six flock competitions bi-annually, the objective of improving the quality of wool shorn in the communal areas was realised and provided improved quantity and quality wool to the South African market. 

“NWGA general manager Leon de Beer attended the event and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the participants, and those who attendance. The quality of the animals surpassed all expectations and the NWGA is proud of the outcome of the genetic improvement programme which started in 2002,” said Francis.

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