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Turn off to farm and position of farms

La Rochelle yellow

Driefontein red

Stoetvlei light blue

Eighty grazing camps al with good water allows for excellent grazing systems for at least ten herds

         

Two of the four pivots and the river.  Google earth is not up to date. Our winter feed pivot is in the centre of the two smaller pivots. The new bigger pivot and the two others are all under Lucerne.

After stopping all forms of irrigation for nearly 12 years, we started up 2 pivots in 2010 and then another one in 2012, and the bigger one in 2017. Three with Lucerne for storage for times of droughts and one for winter grazing. And in 2015 /16 it proved to be a real GOD SEND.

Grass, clover pastures all now under permanent permaset sprayers at the homestead with the house and flat attachment, big shed, sale complex and the fabulous crawls and handling facilities. (Google outdated)

Driefonteinís yard and fountain dam with excellent Bass fishing

All over the farms streams from the hills are dammed up to flood the veld.

         

One of the two big dams in the river with extra masses of summer feed

Another dam with more masses of summer feed

Partial photo of the house before the new flat extension and part of the lands

Part of the house before the built on flat.

River in Winter. Even in Winter the weir holds a vast amount of water. (Driefontein)

         

River running over. 22/1/2011 (Driefontein)

26/08/2006 (Driefontein)

26/08/2006 (Driefontein)

22/1/2011 Weir running over (Driefontein)

22/1/2011 (Driefontein)

         

River Flowing (La Rochelle)

One of the weirs where we used to pump to irrigate (Stoetvlei)

The excellent state of our veld due to good grazing systems. (Driefontein)

Young bulls at the river. (La Rochelle)

South Africaís Boran Platinum cow of the year and her calf in summer veldt (25/2/2009) (Driefontein)

         

Meatmasters on the veld 10/3/2014 (La Rochelle)

Platinum Cow rearing her calf on broken veld. (Driefontein)

Red grass utilized by cows in the vlei veld

Borans grazing in the riverbed in the summer.

Young Boran bulls down at the river in a good year

         

Meatmaster ram in typical summer veldt with his 50 ewes at mating time

Bull and cows in       typical summer veldt

Bulls keeping condition well, even when in large group of cows on typical summer flat veld. (Driefontein fountain camp)

Boran pregnant heifers in hill camps, warm during winter. (La Rochelle)

Rams in one of the dams that serves only to strengthen the underground water and flood the veldt

         
 

One of smaller dams also just to conserve underground water

 

Commercial ewes with their lambs on the veld in the drought of 2015/16. This group of 157 ewes and 192 lambs received NO, extra feeding, or lick. This was our own on farm test to see how far we could push the limits. Hammelís were put into a on farm feedlot where more than 50% of them were sent to the abattoir within 13 days with an average growth of 710g/ day

The hills are full of Olive, White Stinkwood, and other edible trees and shrubs that the Meatmasters and Borans thrive on especially in winter.        

Meatmasters group instinct keeps them in a tight group even in the mountains

 

         
         

 

 

 

         
   

The fountain dam at Driefontein during winter.

Boran weaner calves on Rygrass under pivot during first month of weaning. (La Rochelle)

Calves on Rygrass pasture during month of weaning. (La Rochelle)

Bulls keeping condition well, even when in large group of cows on typical summer flat veld. (Driefontein fountain camp)

Boran pregnant heifers in hill camps, warm during winter. (La Rochelle)

         
       

Afrinoís in the grassveldt below the hills during winter (La Rochelle, hills in background is part of La Rochelle)

One of smaller dams dry

Commercial ewes with their lambs off the veld in the drought of 2015/16. This group of 157 ewes and 192 lambs has received NO, extra feeding or lick. This was our own on farm test to see how far we could push the limits. Hammels was put in to a on farm feedlot where more than 50% of them was finished with in 13 days with a ave growth of 710g/ day

 

 

 

 
 

     

Clynton Collett

082 463 5936

crc@collettgroup.com  

 

 

Mario du Preez

081 489 0198

mario@superiorgenetics.co.za

 

 

La Rochelle Farm, Bethulie

     
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