New Era (Windhoek)

6 June 2013

Namibia: Weekend Auction Hive At Okorusengo

Windhoek — All roads will lead to farm Okorusengo in the Okahandja district, Otjozondjupa Region, where the Tjihero family is expected to stage a combined production auction this coming Saturday.

Albert and Olga Tjihero are a couple famous for breeding the White Brahman stud. Okorusengo will be a hive of activity when guest sellers Martin Harms, breeder of a Simmentaler stud, Ali Kahungi breeder of a Red Brahman stud and Dr Kaire Mbuende also a breeder of a Simmentaler stud join the Tjihero family in an auction day that will also be highly informative and educational.

Various farmers will join in discussions on the current drought, livestock prices and farming in general. Steven Tjihero, the farm manager, says expectations are high for the auction as it will be a combined effort of all farmers in the community to showcase their top quality animals, and to give insight as to how they contribute toward the farming sector at their respective farming points.

Tjihero said the day will kick off at 10h00 with various discussions, followed by the auction at 12h00. The Tjihero family will offer 20 White Brahman, 33 bull-ready heifers and ten pregnant heifers for sale. Three of the best Red Brahman bulls of Kahungi will come under the hammer, and Kahungi will also put up six Van Rooy sheep and ten Boer goats for sale.

Harms and Mbuende will each offer six Simmentaler bulls. Four Damara sheep of Bernd Gaerdes will also come under the hammer. Eddie Reed, a legendary Namibian auctioneer, will be in charge of the auction. Tjihero said a huge crowd is expected, since the event will arguably be one of the best auctions in the country.

Asked about expected prices for their White Brahmans, Tjihero said it is very difficult to predict in the current economic climate. "But the challenge is always to beat the previous average price of the last auction which was N$27 500 per bull," he said.

"We invite farmers from all four corners of the country to attend the auction and join us to share our passion and experience in farming. We and our guest sellers have invested a great deal to produce top quality bulls at affordable prices," he concluded.

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