We were lucky enough to have one of our immediate neighbours having a large bull sale right around the corner from us. Usually we have to trek hours to get to these kinds of things, so it was such a pleasure to just nip next door to go shopping for some beefy new blood. Well, by nip I mean it’s still a 45 minute drive.
We popped in the day before to preview some of the bulls we were interested in.
Aren’t they good looking!
They’re a new breed called the Winterberger, which is a cross between a Simmental, Brahman and Boran cattle and they’re very well suited to thrive up here in the mountains. They’re not too bulky, so they don’t deplete the natural grazing like other heavier breeds such as these Limousin.
Those big juicy orange Limousin bums are lovely, but far too heavy and hungry for our grazing. So we’ll stick to the more stream-lined fellows.
Our previous bulls came from this same breeder and we’ve been very happy with them. So we thought we’d give it a go with the Winterbergers for the coming breeding season.
The sale kicked off with some fine ram sheep specimens.
There were some lovely Il de France boys.
Oooooh la la!
Some very dapper Dormers which are a cross between the German Merino and a Dorset Horn.
And the popular Dorper (Persian x Dorset Horn) We’ve tried running these guys, but they don’t do well up here in the hills as it’s too cold and wet for their Middle East genes that prefer a drier hotter climate.
Then onto the boer goat rams. Look at that goatie!
Look how sweet these twin kids are that had just been born.
Then it was on to the bulls, and Betty was all ears waiting for our preferred boys to take the spotlight.
It was a good thing she wasn’t doing the bidding as she was very distracted by all the handsome curly boys…
First up we had some young heffers. Hello big girls!
Hello Monsieur Limousin. Parle vu français? Moo, moo.
Then some handsome Simmental, originally a Swiss breed.
Boy does a Brahman boy know how to make an entrance! What a feisty fellow!
They have a handy hump above their shoulder blades which serves as a reserve of fat for leaner months. So as far as living in Africa goes, they really thrive! They are also notorious for living longer and doing well in very arid climates. But boy oh boy are they hard to handle!
Not that Betty was that phased…
Black Angus. Queue the bagpipes!
Here comes one of our boys…
SOLD! Yay, we’re now the proud new owner of a Winterberger.
Here comes another one of our favourites!
We’re now the proud owner of two very manly Winterberger bulls. Welcome boys!