• Purposefully, focused on Tomorrow!
    19th Production Auction
    26 July 2018
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History of

SYFERFONTEIN BONSMARAS

 

As a child, we farmed with maize and had a dairy on the farm. I grew up with Vries/Holstein cattle. As kids, we were often in the dairy early in the morning to help our dad Jan with the milking activities...

To my great disappointment, my parents decided to sell the dairy cattle in 1995. Little did they know at the time that it was the right decision. BKB van Wyk did the auction and it was a huge success. To offer me some consolation, my dad told me that I could help decide with which breed of beef cattle we were to continue. We all agreed that it had to be red cattle and decided on the Bonsmara. The decision was largely made due to the fact that my father studied under Prof Jan Bonsma, who made a big impression on him at the time.


We bought 160 commercial Bonsmara cows that were previously registered, but whose stud status had expired. From the onset we kept records concerning pregnancies, calve birth weight, dates etc.

 

 

My father passed away in 1997. I was still busy with my agricultural studies at the University of the Free State. It was his dream to upgrade the herd to stud. My mother and I decided to go ahead with the registration after his death. Early in 1998 we started with the process of choosing a herd name, registration and first acceptance. Mr Hennie Snyman managed our base inspection and we decided also to cull all the six-point animals. Mr Snyman recommended that the cattle be incorporated as Appendix A animals. We registered 130 females.


The SYFERFONTEIN Bonsmara stud was registered in 1998 and Arthur de Villiers Jnr. was appointed as our herd mentor. We bought our first stud bull from Dr Wesson van Rensburg from Robco Bonsmaras. Later on we bought another bull from Wesson and also from Arcadia and UP George Bonsmaras.

 

 

2017 Auction Video

AUCTION History

 

Our first production sale was in the year 2000 in conjunction with the Standerton Highveld Bonsmara group. There were three breeders of which Syferfontein was the rookies...

We sold three bulls at an average price of R9 250. We were extremely proud and happy. Over the next seven years we sold our bulls at the Jonkersdam Auction with the Highveld Bonsmara Group.


In 2003 Arthur de Villiers Snr of Stormfontein Bonsmaras joined the Syferfontein herd in a joint venture. With much grace of our Heavenly Farther and a lot of dedication, our Syferfontein herd grew in numbers and prominence.

I was very fortunate to have Arthur as a friend and mentor in my life. Arthur and I drove thousands of kilometers to meet breeders and to get to know them, to attend auctions and to do inspections.


In 2007 we decided to break away from the group auction and to hold our own auction on Syferfontein Farm. That was the year that also met my wife, Dorothy. She got her first taste of an auction at Syferfontein. I have to admit that, for us to get everything neat, tidy and in place, in order to get this first auction underway, was the most stressful of all the auctions thus far. Many dynamic breeders gave their good advice selflessly, and helped me to establish the Syferfontein Bonsmara Auction. Mike Killassy joined the Syferfontein, BKB van Wyk team as auctioneer, and he is still the auctioneer to this day.

 

 

Purposefully, focused on tomorrow!

Syferfontein Breeding Policy

Due to the influence of a good mentor, I learned about the importance of type early on. If you want to farm economically sustainably and successfully with beef cattle in this harsh, cold area of ours, your animals should not be too large. However, I also listened to the commercial farmer that wanted to produce heavy weaners and therefore we tried to find the golden mean.

To me, the answer seemed to be shorter, thicker cows (broad, with capacity). We selected our cattle to mature earlier without compromising too much on weaner growth or milk production. We are very strict on fertility of bulls and female animals. Our herd boasts with a 382 day period between calving. I have a preference for good-looking, deep, feminine cows with good balance (wedge from front to back). Bulls should also be nice and broad and masculine with good capacity and sufficient muscle.


Our main focus in our industry is the production of quality, hardy bulls for the commercial breeder. We are in the privileged position to sell many bulls to stud breeders. In the industry a bull should not only be cosmetically handsome, but should also display good characteristics with regards to structure, shape, testis, sheath, hooves, head etc. One should be very careful not to bring in hereditary weaknesses into your herd simply because a bull is “handsome”.

 

Help for Breeders

To me, stud breeding is to a great extent a service to the commercial farmer and also to fellow breeders. It does not make sense to me to sell a cow or a bull without you being able to help the client to farm successfully with his cattle. There are so many components in successful cattle farming. By helping new breeders with selection, herd management, biosecurity, feeding, marketing and so much more, you can do business with him in a sustainable manner. Stud breeders should instill the value of good bulls and thus good genetics, into new breeders and commercial farmers. I feel that everyone has his place under the sun and that you will not taste your own success at the end of the day, unless your client is also successful.

Selection

 

I believe in continuous selection in our herd. I try to spend as much time as possible with the animals during which I make mental notes. Cows should be fertile with good constitution and good milk. Calves must have good conformation and must grow well. Calves should wean as close as possible to 50 % of the mother’s mass and by that time the mother should already be pregnant again.


Each year around weaning time we take the weaning masses and calculate the calve’s weaning index. Pregnancy examinations are done on the cows to see whether they were in calve again.


We then evaluate the cow and calve according to three criteria:

1) The cow’s gestational status.
2) The calve’s weaning index.
3) The visual impression of the cow and calve standing before you.

Based on the results of that evaluation we decide which families and blood lines are doing well and from those the replacement animals will be selected.

 

 

Successes 2006 - 2015

2017 Syferfontein Auction

Syferfontein Auctions

Once again, we offer a production auction on 26 July 2018 this year.
Click here to see the 2017 Auction Video.
Click here to view our 2017 Sale Brochure.
Click here to view our 2017 Catalogue.
Feel free to view 2017's offerings below as well as highlights from the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 auctions.

SYF14-265

Veiling 2017

VIL15-165

Veiling 2017

SYF14-273

Veiling 2017

SYF15-109

Veiling 2017

SYF15-154

Veiling 2017

SYF15-121

Veiling 2017

ADV14-219

Veiling 2017

SYF14-245

Veiling 2017

SYF15-017

Veiling 2017

SYF15-169

Veiling 2017

SYF15-120

Veiling 2017

SYF14-276

Veiling 2017

SYF14-306

Veiling 2017

SYF 14-020

Veiling 2016

HLF 13-048

Veiling 2016

EHR 13-006

Veiling 2016

SYF 12-090

Veiling 2016

ADV 13-291

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-047

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-125

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-113

Veiling 2016

ADV 14-072

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-044

Veiling 2016

HLF 14-010

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-244

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-233

Veiling 2016

ADV 13-290

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-074

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-267

Veiling 2016

ADV14-009

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-156

Veiling 2016

ADV 14-027

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-139

Veiling 2016

GEL 13-098

Veiling 2016

VIL 13-331

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-300

Veiling 2016

VIL 13-332

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-047

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-020

Veiling 2016

HLF 13-048

Veiling 2016

EHR 13-006

Veiling 2016

SYF 12-090

Veiling 2016

ADV 13-291

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-047

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-125

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-113

Veiling 2016

ADV 14-072

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-044

Veiling 2016

HLF 14-010

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-244

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-233

Veiling 2016

ADV 13-290

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-074

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-267

Veiling 2016

ADV14-009

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-156

Veiling 2016

ADV 14-027

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-139

Veiling 2016

GEL 13-098

Veiling 2016

VIL 13-331

Veiling 2016

SYF 13-300

Veiling 2016

VIL 13-332

Veiling 2016

SYF 14-047

Veiling 2016

Lot-6-ADV-11-336

Auction 2015

Lot-7-SYF-12-232

Auction 2015

Lot-8-SYF-12-319

Auction 2015

Lot-9-SYF-13-117

Auction 2015

Lot-10-A-&-B-SYF-12-090

Auction 2015

Lot-11-ADV-12-296

Auction 2015

Lot-12

Auction 2015

Lot-12-SYF-13-082

Auction 2015

Lot-14-SYF-12-283

Auction 2015

Lot-15-VIL-13-090

Auction 2015

Lot-16-SYF-13-043

Auction 2015

Lot-17-SYF-13-127

Auction 2015

Lot-18-ADV-12-281

Auction 2015

Lot-20-SYF-12-329

Auction 2015

Lot-22-SYF-12-271

Auction 2015

Lot-24-SYF-13-072

Auction 2015

Lot-25-SYF-13-025

Auction 2015

Lot-26-SYF-12-322

Auction 2015

Lot-30-SYF-12-291

Auction 2015

Lot-35-SYF-13-006

Auction 2015

Lot-36-SYF-13-031

Auction 2015

Lot-42-SYF-13-114

Auction 2015

Koei-SYF-10-278

Auction 2015

Koei-SYF-11-213

Auction 2015

LOT-10-SYF-12-052

Auction 2014

LOT-12-SYF-11-280

Auction 2014

LOT-14-SYF-12-100

Auction 2014

LOT-16-SYF-12-097

Auction 2014

LOT-18-SYF-12-023

Auction 2014

LOT-24-EHR-11-018

Auction 2014

LOT-25-ADV-12-085

Auction 2014

LOT-28-SYF-12-113

Auction 2014

LOT-2-SYF-11-212

Auction 2014

LOT-40-ADV-11-317

Auction 2014

LOT-4-ADV12-034

Auction 2014

LOT-5-ADV-07-154

Auction 2014

LOT-6-ADV-12-014

Auction 2014

LOT-8-SYF-12-036

Auction 2014

Dragtige vers

Auction 2014

Koei en kalf

Auction 2014

Lot-10-ADV-10-321

Auction 2013

Lot-12-SYF-11-039

Auction 2013

Lot-13-ADV-10-331

Auction 2013

Lot-14-ADV-10-266

Auction 2013

Lot-15-SYF-11-052

Auction 2013

Lot-16-ADV-10-259

Auction 2013

Lot-1-SYF-11-021

Auction 2013

Lot-22-ADV-11-007

Auction 2013

Lot-24-SYF-10-208

Auction 2013

Lot-25-ADV-11-095

Auction 2013

Lot-2-SYF-10-325

Auction 2013

Lot-3-ADV-10-203

Auction 2013

Lot-4-SYF-10-23

Auction 2013

Lot-5-SYF-10-251

Auction 2013

Lot-6-ADV-10-082

Auction 2013

Lot-7-SYF-10-287

Auction 2013

Lot-8-ADV-10-328

Auction 2013

Lot-9-SYF-11-035

Auction 2013

Contact Us

Please contact us using the details below or send us a message using the available form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Nico Pieterse
Cell: 082 853 1525
E-Mail: syfbonsmara@mweb.co.za

Dorothy Pieterse
Cell: 083 633 6611
E-Mail: dorothy.syf@mweb.co.za

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Greetings from house to house and from herd to herd!
Nico, Dorothy, Kotie and Pieterse kids.