Since then with the same goal in mind JDM Wildlife commenced breeding with various colour variants of Springbuck, with the Kalahari and Damara as firm favourites to enhance body weight, meat production and horn length amongst our normal and colour variant herds.
Heartwater is a tick-borne disease which affects certain domestic and wild ruminants. The springbuck is one of the species that is highly susceptible to the disease but has in recent years become more established as animals with a natural resistance to the disease are bred.
It is every bushveld farmer’s dream to keep springbuck on their farm – our path to these animals was no different. With Lentegeur being in the Thabazimbi district, heartwater is severe in the area and the springbuck remained merely a distant dream for a number of years.
Hannes and his entire team worked tirelessly to make this auction a success, and that it was indeed.
As guest sellers, we put up three very good splits on this auction, and the price reflected it appropriately. We received the second highest price for split golden wildebeest on the day – a proud moment for the JDM team!
We decided to do something very few others have done before – we guaranteed a golden calf in our package! We believe in standing firmly behind our genetics, and what better way to do it than through DNA and a guarantee? The Dirker Family are now the proud owners of three splits pregnant to our top bull– Apollo (29").
An auction at Castle De Wildt needs very little introduction – and what a privilege for us to join 31 other sellers on the day! The entire Golden Breeders and Castle De Wildt team must be commended for hosting a wonderful event.
Once again three splits pregnant to Apollo (with a golden calf guarantee of course!) went under the hammer. All our expectations were exceeded, and we received the top price for pregnant splits on the very first Golden Breeders Family Auction.
The Dirker Family purchased another two split cows pregnant from Apollo during the year. They really are building a super herd with top genetics!
The calving and lambing season is fast approaching, and 2016 is now nearly upon us, and we can guarantee it will be an even bigger year for the JDM Wildlife team!