Interest from emerging game farmers in game industry
Sam Gomba was born on a cattle farm in Alma. The Limpopo cattle industry of the 1950s and 60s was a justifiable means of supporting a family.
“I grew up thinking that farming with cattle is a lucrative business,” Gomba explains.
For the past five years, on his own 288 hectare farm in Vaalwater, Gomba has been struggling to make ends meet.
“Things are not going to plan,” Gomba says. “It has simply become too expensive to farm with cattle. I am yet to see a return on my investment.”
Gomba’s neighbour is a game farmer. Last month the neighbour invited Gomba to attend a game auction in Rustenburg. It quickly became apparent to Gomba that he needed to change his approach.
“I remember this golden wildebeest bull that was sold for the price of 301 cattle,” Gomba recalls. “The best part is that you do not need a large track of land to breed game. Unlike cattle, of course, where size counts. The bigger, the better.”
For this reason Gomba decided to visit Wildswinkel – to seek advice and guidance on how to go about establishing his own game breeding programme, and to possibly purchase some of the best genetics the wildlife industry has to offer.
It is a great honour for Wildswinkel to assist all emerging game farmers reach their breeding goals.