Namibian game breeders flock to first-ever Groot Namibië Wildveiling
The large farms in the Gobabis district of Namibia south of Windhoek are well known for their premium export-quality cattle and beef. Brahman is a favourite breed. But these astute farmers also know their game. Kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest and other species roam the wide open plains, easily moving between farms. Here the breeding of game is a well established art.
Game farmers have traditionally concentrated on plains game, with scarce species such as sable and roan becoming popular over the last decade. In order to assist in the development of the game breeding industry in Namibia, the Nambreed group decided to create a new auction branded as the Groot Namibië Wildveiling, with Wildswinkel acting as auction house.
Some of the very best sable genetics available attracted considerable interest at the inaugural auction that took place on 15 July 2017 at Walmaine Boerdery. Two sable heifers sired by the magnificent 50″ Charlie sold for R500 000 each, for a total turnover for the popular lot six of a round R1m.
The young Zambian sable bull tag Y86, sired by Charlie, sold for a strong price of R290 000. A young 40″ golden gemsbok bull sold for a bid price of R225 000, indicating that the best genetics will always demand a superior price.
The Groot Namibië Wildveiling attracted around 500 game enthusiasts and delivered a respectable total turnover of R7.4m. Lood Bester, Wildswinkel CEO, remarked afterwards that the auction house is very happy with the result. “We’ll be back next year”, he said.