Auction season roars to life
At 11:00 on 11 February 2017 the official Wildswinkel auction season commenced with the established high quality Piet du Toit Wildbedryf auction. The fifth edition of this remarkable auction did not disappoint with a total turnover of R110 791 000.
In a break from tradition, Piet du Toit and his fellow breeders decided to move the auction venue from Piet’s farm near Rustenburg to the brand new state-of-the-art Wildswinkel auction venue near Bela-Bela. The large venue was decorated with the amazing buffalo genetics on auction.
Around 4 000 quality game enthusiasts attended the auction, with all of the top buyers in the country present in person on via telephone. Many bids were received for the high number of exceptional genetics available for purchase.
The 109 lots on auction were hammered down over the course of some five hours. The very first lot, 325⁄8” nyala bull Troy from SJ Naudé Boerdery, sold for an amazing R3.6m, setting the scene for a great auction.
Other highlights of the day include:
- 50% Share in the 331⁄8″ roan bull Hennessy and his herd: R10.1m
- The roan bull Kahno, a young Tosca son: R1.3m
- Buffalo heifer Gabby, a daughter of the record-breaking Inala: R5.8m
- Buffalo cow Ghana, with a Horison heifer calf at foot, optional 4-in-1: R9m
- Buffalo cow 383⁄8” Jessa, a – Matetsi daughter, optional 3-in-1, the buyer has the option to leave her with Inala: R10m
- Buffalo cow 38″ Jeanie: R2.7m
- Buffalo bull Maverick, a Horison son: R2.050m
Although prices for some species, especially certain colour variants has shown a levelling trend, the successful Piet du Toit Wildbedryf auction 2017 is proof that quality genetics offered by respected breeders will stay in demand from discerning buyers. This bodes well for the rest of the season, especially for sought after genetics.