The big yellow machine rolls on

Magnificent quality demands great prices at 12th Stud Game Breeders auction

What a day. With Zebula Golf Estate and Spa in the Bela-Bela district decked out in the distinctive Stud Game Breeders yellow, complete with quality imported yellow spotter shirts worn by Wildswinkel auction staff, the cream of the game industry game together in a big tent to witness what happens when top breeders put top animals and genetics on sale.

Leading auctioneer Brandon Leer did a magnificent job of hammering down lot after lot of sold items, sometimes noting how the feverish bidding contributed to an electric atmosphere as the day gained momentum.

With a live auction turnover of R120m and a silent auction that ended at R14m, everyone was satisfied with a total turnover of R134m. A remarkable performance under any circumstance.

A highlight on the day was Nwanetsi, the first ever 55″ Horison daughter on sale. She was billed as being late in calf to 51″+ Nkosana, a son of 53″ Tyson. The hammer for Nwanetsi fell at no less than R6.6m.


Another buffalo worth mentioning was lot 86, a big bodied 53″ Tyson daughter with a 55″ Horison bull calf and in calf again to Horison, a 3-in-1 package that sold for R6.2m.



Amongst sable, the 49 6⁄8″ bull Albert was sold for R3m. He was described as a beautiful animal with a spirited temperament and great potential.


Many more high quality animals were sold on the day. For all prices, click here.

A highlighted of the silent auction was Kariega, a 25″ bull at 15 months with a 50″ tip to tip. This stunning young bull fetched a final bid of R1.4m.


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