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Namibian farm - cattle

 

I have mentioned before that the farm we visited is part cattle farm. The breed I wouldn't know, but I do know that in the district the cattle farmers favour Bonsmara and Bonsmara cross cattle.

 

 

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A stark composition... very good...
Louis: Thanks Larry, Elizabeth keeps on telling me it reminds her of Arizona. I guess I will like Arizona then, as I like stark landscapes.
  • Ray
  • Surin, Thailand
  • 23 Sep 2015, 02:18
The cattle look to be in good condition, Louis...do they just graze, or is there supplemental feeding?
Louis: They graze, Ray. Water points are at various places (referred to as cattle posts by these farmers) and there will be a block or two of salt lick lying around. Much appreciated by the game animals as well. The lick is closest they get to supplementing. In times of drought, they import supplemental feeding from more fortunate areas in Southern Africa.
they add colour to the rugged farmland Louis....petersmile
Louis: They do, peter
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Sep 2015, 04:56
These cows need to be very sturdy to survive this kind of weather I suppose. I assume they are used for meat, not milk, or little milk?
Great shot.
Louis: These cows are not great for milk. The farmer will keep a few cows near the house for milk, but the rest end up in the meat trade. I know a dairy farmer in the area and he keeps a different breed for milk production.
No shade, no graze and yet they seem being in a good condition Louis! Great capture.
Louis: They have water and the grazing is of good quality, even if it doesn't seem like it to the civilised eye smile Thanks Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Sep 2015, 06:36
There's not a lot for them to eat from the look of things Louis
Louis: Much more than meet the eye, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Sep 2015, 06:42
De koeien zien erg mooi eruit en zij hebben een goed leven hier, nu ook een beetje afwisseling door jouw bezoek aan de boerderij.
Louis: Een goeie leven, ja. Of daar èèn mens meer of minder op de plaas is, kunnen ze niet schelen. Ze blijven dezelfde koeie uitdrukking op hun bekken te behouden. Weet ik zeker smile
This reminds me of how much we love to drive out into the Dutch polder, Louis, to see the cows and sheep. Just change the scenery and you get a different part of the world!
Louis: The big difference between here and there, is the purpose of water management.
Is the cattle herd fenced in at all or are they left to wander, I would have thought they could be easy prey for some types of wild animal.
Louis: The total farm is fenced into sections. They section where these cows are in, would be upwards of 500ha. So they are fenced in, but have to travel quite a distance from one fence to the other. No more lions in this specific area of Namibia, but still lots of leopard, cheetah, hyena, etc. Stock loss to predators, is not that high that it discourages farming with life stock.
It's looking a bit parched there Louis. They are handsome beasts
Louis: It is winter with no rainfall in a low rainfall country. They had a good rain season in the summer, so the veld is still quite good.
Lean and perhaps mean.
Louis: Skittish, but not mean, Martin
Not exactly lush vegetation for them to graze Louis
Louis: More lush than meets the civilised eye, Bill. This is prime cattle country.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 23 Sep 2015, 19:55
Do they graze out here all the time, Louis?
Louis: They graze in the open veld all the time. When the farmer thinks this section needs a rest, he will move them over to another section of the farm. So the cattle is only interfered with, when they have to move to another section, or have to be dipped and finally when they are sold.
A relaxed few with their eyes on you. How hot does it get there?
Louis: This was in the winter and the temperature at the time varied from around 1ºC to 28ºC highest per day, during the time we were there. During summer the low would be around 20ºC and the high above the mid thirties into the low forties.
Not much grub about Louis.
Louis: This is a water pan in times of rain. Also the first to get grazed, so by now it's just a nice open space to hang out with the kids, gutteridge.

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