The buyers attending the second Wildswinkel Diamantveld auction at Kimberley’s Horseshoe Inn were there for one reason only: To bid and buy quality genetics to improve and expand their own herds.
Tebogo Mogashoa, proud game farmer and owner of Babirwa Wildlife in the Rooiberg district of Limpopo was there to buy, as was Louis van der Watt from Meletse Breeders. These and other buyers with a keen eye, such as the Kriek Wildlife family, made sure they got their lots.
Bidding for some of the buffalo on offer was fierce, with Wildswinkel auctioneer Niel Swart hammering down lot after lot with enthusiasm.
The talk over a cold beverage after the auction was that it delivered solid, expected results, providing buyers and sellers the right kind of opportunity to help improve and support the game industry in the Northern Cape.
The springbok species was popular. A 17″ ram from Gemstone Game Breeders was sold for R130 000, amongst other strong prices on the day.
Buffalo again proved itself as a mainstay in the game industry, with two lots in particular enticing strong bidding across the auction floor. A 35 3⁄8″ buffalo cow with heifer calf was sold for R850 000. Total auction turnover came to R10.4m.
Wildswinkel introduced its innovative new timed auction system during the Diamantveld auction. Select lots appear as part of these internet-based auctions on the Wildswinkel Apple and Android apps, as well as online at wildswinkel.co.za. Being able to bid online means buyers do not miss out on the lots offered for timed bidding if they cannot be at a live auction and are unable to offer telephone bids.
Timed auctions last for a few days and open and close according to a pre-arranged schedule. The latest highest bid is visible and registered buyers can track progress easily from their mobile devices. Keep your eye on the Wildswinkel app to see which auctions are listed as Timed Auctions, make sure you are registered, then log in and go!