New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Record Price for Brahman Bull

Windhoek — Local emerging farmers, Albert and Olga Tjihero, who own Okurosengo Brahman Stud, have purchased the Grand Champion winner bull of the 2012 Windhoek Show, known as Lared Hennie, for a record N$200 000.

Hennie stems from the Lared Brahman Stud of Danie and Elsa Botes of Seeis, who have dominated the Windhoek Show the last couple of years. The Lared Brahman Stud only exists for about seven years.

The Tjihero's also bought Lared Muntari, another stud from Lared Brahman Stud at their production auction in May this year.

The seller, Danie Botes, said his philosophy is "to make available the approved best genetics, the best structural heifers, cows and bulls that can add value and put money back into the pockets of other breeders and commercial farmers, and Lared Hennie is exactly that."

Botes said he is very proud that Lared Hennie went to the Tjihero family, who show a passion and love for Brahman breeding. The one son, Steven Tjihero, runs and manages the farm with his father.

Lared Hennie is the offspring of Lared Sir Crespo, the Southern African Breed Plan Bull of 2007 and his half brother, Lared Smoke (also a Sir Crespo offspring) was crowned

Southern Africa Breed Plan Bull of 2011.

Botes' Lared Brahman Stud has won the prestigious Breed Plan Bull category seven times in nine years. It won the Calf Champion and Reserve Champion Heifer, the Reserve Junior Champion Heifer, the Calf Champion Bull and the Junior Champion Bull awards.

The stud also scored the most points at the Windhoek Show 2012.

Sir Crespo was crowned the Bull of the Year for the third time - the only Brahman bull to date to achieve this remarkable standard.

Out of the last six years three bulls of the Lared Brahman stud were crowned Senior and Grand Champion Breed Bull:

- Lared JDH in 2007 (the father of Sir Crespo);

- Lared Smoke in 2011; and

- Lared Hennie in 2012 - named after Hennie Kruger of the Windhoek Show Society.

Botes has also sold more bulls to stud breeders than any other Brahman breeder in Namibia. He formed a highly successful partnership in production auctions of the Lared

Brahman Stud with Voigtland Simmentaler of Stephan Voigts and will from next year hold two production auctions annually, in May and October respectively.

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