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Our Environment

We farm twenty kilometres south of Piet Retief South Africa, on the border of Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal close to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Our rainfall is approximately 900 mm per annum; our grazing is mainly sour veldt and the terrain hilly. We have mild winters and frost falls occasionally.

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Delft Simbra Stud

Delft Simbra Stud has Come of Age

It has been six years of selection, performing testing and clever breeding that have brought Delft to this milestone. The SIMBRA breed has awarded our efforts well.

Farming in Piet Retief on sour veldt, high rainfall and a high intensity of tick born deceases represents a challenge. Our Simbra cattle adapted well in these conditions and played a huge part in making cattle breeding profitable in this region.

Over the last four years four new breeders joined the Simbra and Simmentaler Cattle Breeding Society of South Africa and this area is inundated Simbra and Simbra type cattle. Our emerging farmers are also joining the Simbra cattle fraternity and are the demand for Simbra cattle has increased dramatically. Most commercial cattle farmers in our area are Simbra breeders.

Successes and mistakes

  • Continued crossbreeding with Brahman and Simmentaler cattle did not work for us. The variety in type was too big and this necessitated corrective breeding with different type of Simbra bulls to breed the desired Simbra type for our area. The management of three studs and the different breed stud sires on a single farming unit was difficult. The benefit of hetorosis was outweighed by the factors mentioned above. Had we bought Simbra cattle only from the start and concentrated on this breed only we would have been better off. Our decision to breed with Simbra cattle proofed to be the right decision.

  • Delft has distinguished itself as a selective bull buyer and is currently the proud owner of an arsenal of outstanding Stud Sires. Einstein, Pax, Dallas, Texas, Breker and Rube are examples of our stud sires that will do any Simbra Stud proud. Buying the right type of bull which is structurally sound and supported by good EBV’s is definitely one of our pillars of success.

  • The low cost entry level of the Simbra breed enhances the profitability of stud breeding and shortens the payback period. The open stud book approach in terms of which selected Simbra cattle can be presented for registration offers many benefits to Simbra breeders. The Simbra stud breeding system added immense value to our cattle breeding endeavour.

  • The Delft type Simbra, the type that outperformed our stud average, emerged in 2010. This allowed us to adapt our selection criteria to retain those female types that proofed themselves most suitable for our environment. We are now selecting and buying Delft type females and the improvement of our herd is noteworthy.

Delft had four production sales to date. Our 2011 sale was outstanding. We have sold cattle to many breeders from throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries. Their feedback is most encouraging and confirms that Delft Simbra Stud has come of age.

Our clients comment as follows:

  • The integrity of our sales catalogue is beyond doubt.

  • Our cattle adapted well.

  • New calves were outstanding and no calving problems.

  • Our bulls did exceptionally well.

  • Our cattle are very hardy and decease resistant.

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Delft Plantation Farming

We have approximately 2250 ha planted under timber. Fifty percent of our plantations are planted with black wattle, five percent with pine and forty five percent with gum.

We are in the process of converting some of our Eucalyptus Grandis compartments to GxN and Dunii. The yields of these species are considerably higher. We rotate our gum and wattle trees on a ten year cycle. In the past we regenerated our wattle compartments but we now replant with seedlings.  Gum is replanted every second cycle.

Delft produces fifteen to twenty thousand tons of timber on an annual basis. We export mining timber and poles to neighbouring countries, supply mines with selected timber products and sell wattle to NCT and TWK for export to Japan and other countries.

Delft employs 60 employees on a fulltime basis and a further thirty employees on a contract basis during planting season. We make use of harvesting and transport contractors and they employ 120 employees dedicated to Delft Plantations.

We farm on four different farms being Lodewykslust, Welkom, Speenkoppies and Delft totalling 5600 ha.

Key Staff Members

Prof. Desiré Vorster and her husband Tito Vorster are the two partners of Delft. Desiré is the financial manager of the business and Tito the Managing Director. Recently André de Waal bought an interest in our Simbra Stud and is now the co-owner of Delft Simbra Stud.

André de Waal is the operational manager and is responsible for all the operational aspects of our total business.

Monique de Waal is responsible for our cattle administration, aspects of our financial administration and our cost accounting.

Moses Hlatswayo the foreman of our Simbra Stud. He is a cattleman of note and worth his weight in gold. Moses is self motivated, task orientated and reliable. He is one of the most skilled cattle foremen I have dealt with.  

Jabulaan Nkosi is the foreman of our timber silviculture division. Jabulaan is a skilled employee. His experience in silviculture makes him a one of the huge human assets of Delft.

Eskay Ngwenya is the foreman in charge of all our general activities on the farm. These activities include feeding of the cattle, record keeping of consumables, and training of our show cattle, maintenance and driver. A hardworking individual that is keen to learn.  HE is also one of our fire officers.

Vossie Vorster (not related to the owners) is a farm manager on one of our farms. A hard worker and dedicated to his task.

 

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