The Karoo is a truly special place. Blue sky, wide expanses, beautiful wildlife roaming the land. It’s always a pleasure to attend a well-organised, hospitable Karoo auction. If such an auction takes place on the banks of South Africa’s biggest dam to boot, it’s a double delight.
The second Wildswinkel Karoo auction was billed as one of the year’s must-attend auctions. It lived up to its promise. Regular game farmers mingled with flown-in select breeders in an atmosphere of gratitude to be part of the best industry in the world. Who can call it work if you look out on the Gariep Dam, with the enticing smell of a spit braai in the air and some of the best-bred springbok lots being hammered down?
Springbok ruled the day at the auction. The spectacular Juba (below), an 18″ Jules of the Karoo ram fetched a cool R500 000. Other springbok lots also delivered excellent prices for their breeders. The 17 6⁄8″ Sir Michael from De Ville Springbok was sold for R410 000 to a delighted buyer. This must be one of the top springbok auctions in the country. With a total of 31 lots with springbok on auction, this popular species constituted 30% of the auction.
In addition to springbok, buffalo lots performed well. Scarce 50 2⁄8″ Morena genetics in the form of his two-year-old 21″ daughter Zara was sold for R1 450 000.
At the end of the auction the efficient Wildswinkel WISE auction system displayed a total turnover of R15m on its real-time app and online interfaces. A spectacular result on a fantastic day. See you again in the wonderful Karoo, next time around.