Warm winter auction at Thaba Manzi

Bloodline Africa auction delivers good results

The cream of the game industry gathered on a sunny winter morning for the Bloodline Africa 2017 auction held at the always impressive auction venue at Thaba Manzi. The excellent lots on auction delivered on the pre-auction hype, with the total auction turnover a satisfactory R22m.

Businessman and game breeder from Meletse Breeders, Louis van der Watt, opened proceedings with remarks about how quality will always do well. All industries are cyclical, he said, with peaks and valleys. But one thing remains constant: Quality, whether in property or the game sector, will always demand a good price. Quality is scarce, he emphasised. Inn a supply and demand economy scarcity always leads to higher prices. Breeders should therefore always aim to develop the best quality herds and this comes from improvement from buying in quality breeding stock.

Solid results were achieved across game species at the auction. Amore, a young sable and daughter of Rapella, sold in calf to Houdini, a son of Magic, sold for R530 000. Another female sable, Theia, a daughter of Rapella with a Rapella bull calf (3-in-1), sold for R450 000.


A southern roan heifer in calf to a 30 4⁄8″ bull drew bids up to a selling price of R460 000. Another highlight was a golden gnu bull (30″) that sold for R350 000.

Buffalo lots performed well. Enigma at 35 4⁄8″, is a magnificent cow in calf to Max, who measures 48″+ at six years and is the biggest son of the well known Matetsi. The cow was sold to calf down and then be covered by Horison. This rare opportunity to own scarce genetics fetched R2.8m at the auction. Kim, an exceptional Horison daughter sold as 3-in-1 for R1.5m.


After the auction the crowd mingled and chatted about game over refreshments while enjoying the company of fellow breeders.

The Bloodline Africa auction is a must on the calendar and the 2017 edition proved to be another successful event.


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