The Northern Cape game environment is one of the most active and historically important formal game breeding areas in South Africa. One of the pioneers of game breeding there, as well as South Africa in general, is renowned veterinarian Dr Johan Kriek.
He started with formal quality game breeding in the 1980s and already imported roan, sable and Lichtenstein hartebeest from Malawi in 1986. In 1991 he imported his second, significant groups of sable and roan from Malawi and commenced with quality breeding operations at his Mattanu Game Reserve in the 1990s.
Apart from breeding quality game, he was also one of the first to introduce chemical immobilisation in the form of darting to the local game industry. Northern Cape Darting services was established in 1991.
Dr Kriek is known to have assisted many game farmers over the years. He is a respected and well-known industry leader. It is in this spirit that many luminaries of the game industry descended on Mattanu Game Reserve close to Barkly West in the Kimberley area to attend and support the Kriek Wildlife Auction 2017.
The Kriek family needed a new barn on their farm to store feed and decided to erect a dual-purpose structure, first to be used as an auction venue and secondly as storage space. ‘n Boer maak a plan, as the saying goes.
The Kriek Wildlife auction featured quality sable, roan, oryx, springbok, wildebeest, buffalo and other species.
One of the first lots on auction, a 29.2″ sable cow called Wyes, was sold for R1.5m. She is in calf to Thometelo Jnr, followed by 48.75″ Induna.
Auction goers enjoyed the Kriek family’s hospitality and participated actively in the auction. The total auction turnover of R17.6m is testament to the high regard in which specifically the Kriek Wildlife operation and the Northern Cape industry generally are held.