Big,Big Step!

We went down to Tsitsikama on Saturday. We went to check on the progress with the fence around Thamie’s plot. There is almost no progress since last time. They have added on or two extra poles, but that’s it. They have begun to secure one of the corners. The weather has been bad. they say there was snow on the ground, and the wind has been strong.

But here’s the exciting part about the weekend.
I called Gerrie. I told him I was looking for 4 or 5 hefers – older than three months – preferably about 100kg. He said he did not have – but that I could meet him at his farm at three, so that we could talk. He called back 15 minutes later – and explained that a friend of his had calves – and that we should meet at his farm, off the old Cape road back toward Humansdorp.
Hlubi and I met him there, The farmer’s name is Gerhard, early thirties – red head – kind of shy. He buys young calves in at abouth R200.00 – bottle fees them, weans them and gets them eating grass.
He had 8 calves – 7 heifers, one bull calf – a mix of Nguni, Boran cross with a bit of Friesan in there as well. About three months old – feeding on grass and pellets. We bought them all. R9300.00. Gerrit agreed – deliver them by Wednesday! Its a big step a lot can go wrong – we are very excited.
We have agreed with Rasi – that we can use the “bull camp” until the calves are ready to roam in the larger camps. We will drive down on Friday – check if everything has gone according to plan.

Author: Tim Hewitt-Coleman

The World can be a better place.... But how? Taking the debate beyond the political, beyond the theoretical into the real economy, into the physical and spatial dimension where cities, landscapes and livelihoods take form.

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