Goeie gene lei tot goeie vleis

Christopher Sparks, ’n argitek, is ’n bekroonde beesteler. Hy benut genomika vir snelle vordering en winsgewende produksie, en gevolglik is Mount Olive Genetics naby Harrismith in die Vrystaat toegespits op goeie gene en die beste vleisgehalte. Die Brangusbeeste kraai hier koning, met Nguni’s kort op hul hakke. Sparks, vorige voorsitter van die Lewendehawe-registrerende Federasie, is verlede jaar op die Aldam-veeskool aangewys as die Suider-Afrikaanse Stoetteler van die Jaar.

Kriel back for Vodacom Bulls

Vodacom Bulls midfielder, Jesse Kriel, will make a welcome return to the starting team to face the Hurricanes in the Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinals clash in Wellington on Saturday.

Kriel returns from an ankle injury sustained late in April and will run out for his 70th cap in the Vodacom Bulls jersey in the one of two changes in the starting team that outplayed the Emirates Lions last weekend.

Kriel comes in for the injured Burger Odendaal, with Johnny Kotze moving to the inside centre berth and Kriel slotting back in at 13.

Up front, Jason Jenkins also returns to partner RG Snyman at lock after missing the Lions clash as well due to injury.

He takes over from Jannes Kirsten, who reverts to the bench.

Vodacom Bulls coach, Pote Human, said the return of Kriel and Jenkins will be a boost.

“Jesse’s experience and ability speaks for itself and to have him back for this match is good news for us. Jason has also been playing really well lately and he forms a very competitive combination with RG, so it is a plus having that.”

Human said the Vodacom Bulls don’t want to leave Wellington without a win.

“We prepared to play in the final. We are now three matches away from that, but realise that we cannot look past this one against a very dangerous Hurricanes team. They play at home, have won this competition before and have so many strike players that will keep us busy. We have found some good momentum in the last couple of weeks though and will back ourselves on Saturday.”

Vodacom Bulls captain, Handré Pollard, said the improvement the team made this year was good reward.

“We have achieved one goal and now set our target on getting into the semifinals. We have learnt good lessons this year as a group, with one of them about our consistency. We need to keep the belief, the focus and the drive.”

Pollard said they have nothing to lose.

“We already improved on last season, but now that we are here, realise how close we are to make this even more meaningful, not only for ourselves as a squad, but for the support back home.”

The team (with Super caps and points) is:

  1. Warrick Gelant (45, 70)
  2. Cornal Hendricks (40, 70)
  3. Jesse Kriel (69, 95)
  4. Johnny Kotze (46, 45)
  5. Rosko Specman (12, 25)
  6. Handré Pollard (c; 59, 625)
  7. Andre Warner (19, 15)
  8. Duane Vermeulen (122, 50)
  9. Hanro Liebenberg (43, 35)
  10. Marco van Staden (25, 20)
  11. RG Snyman (48, 10)
  12. Jason Jenkins (51, 40)
  13. Trevor Nyakane (106, 15)
  14. Jaco Visagie (46, 10)
  15. Lizo Gqoboka (52, 15)

Replacements:

  1. Johan Grobbelaar (5, 0)
  2. Simphiwe Matanzima (16, 5)
  3. Wiehahn Herbst (49, 0)
  4. Jannes Kirsten (32, 10)
  5. Ruan Steenkamp (20, 0)
  6. Ivan van Zyl (30, 5)
  7. Manie Libbok (17, 55)
  8. Divan Rossouw (26, 20)

 

Notes:

Wiehahn Herbst will play in his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby match when he takes to the field, with the first 40 of those in the colours of the Cell C Sharks.

Dié familie vrugteboere streef na gehalte

In die nuwe episode van Landbouweekliks kuier ons by Ceres in die Koue-Bokkeveld op die De Keur-landgoed, wat appels, pere, bloubessies en uie vir die uitvoermark produseer. Soos baie vrugteboere in die Wes-Kaap moes die Du Toits ook planne beraam om die droogte te oorleef. Die familie behartig hul eie bemarking en uitvoer, en hul gesofistikeerde verpakkings- en opbergingsaanlegte is reg deur die jaar in bedryf. Hulle verskaf permanente werk aan ongeveer 150 mense, en nog 200 doen kontrakwerk. Gehalte is vir hulle die wagwoord.

Vermeulen, Specman, Gelant back for Vodacom Bulls

Duane Vermeulen, Rosko Specman and Warrick Gelant will return to the Vodacom Bulls starting team to face the Emirates Lions in their final Vodacom Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The backline duo picked up injuries during the Vodacom Bulls tour to Australasia, while Vermeulen missed the New Zealand leg of the tour due to the World Cup rest protocols.

Coach Pote Human also had to replace injured lock Jason Jenkins and hooker, Schalk Brits, in a side that show six changes to the one that started against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Gelant takes over from Divan Rossouw (bench) and Specman’s return is at the expense of Dylan Sage, with Johnny Kotze moving from wing to outside centre.

Andre Warner comes in at scrumhalf in place of Embrose Papier in a rotational move.

In the pack, Vermeulen’s return resulted in Marco van Staden moving back to six, with Ruan Steenkamp benched and Jannes Kirsten slotting in for Jenkins, with Eli Snyman coming onto the bench in his place.

Johan Grobbelaar will be back-up hooker to Jaco Visagie, who took over from Schalk Brits in Dunedin.

Vodacom Bulls coach, Pote Human, said the return of injured players will freshen up the squad.

“We are at a late stage in the competition and anyone coming back into the fray does so with new energy and fresh legs and that is always good. The nice thing about this weekend is that we have our fate in our own hands and do not have to worry about results elsewhere. We can go out and apply our minds to the job at hand.”

For Handré Pollard, the return to Loftus Versfeld will add something to the team’s effort.

“We are going to need every Vodacom Bulls supporter this weekend and I hope they come out in numbers to support us. We had some mixed performances at home this year, but the last couple of results show that we are getting into a good rhythm. It will be fantastic if we can qualify for the knock-outs for the first time in six years and do so in front of our own fans. Before that though, we will need an exceptional effort on Saturday.”

The team (with Super caps and points) is:  

  1. Warrick Gelant (44, 70)
  2. Cornal Hendricks (39, 65)
  3. Johnny Kotze (45, 45)
  4. Burger Odendaal (55, 30)
  5. Rosko Specman (11, 25)
  6. Handré Pollard (c; 58, 607)
  7. Andre Warner (18, 15)
  8. Duane Vermeulen (121, 50)
  9. Hanro Liebenberg (42, 30)
  10. Marco van Staden (24, 15)
  11. RG Snyman (42, 10)
  12. Jannes Kirsten (31, 10)
  13. Trevor Nyakane (106, 15)
  14. Jaco Visagie (45, 10)
  15. Lizo Gqoboka (52, 15)

Replacements: 

  1. Johan Grobbelaar (4, 0)
  2. Simphiwe Matanzima (15, 5)
  3. Wiehahn Herbst (48, 0)
  4. Eli Snyman (6, 0)
  5. Ruan Steenkamp (19, 0)
  6. Ivan van Zyl (29, 5)
  7. Manie Libbok (16, 50)
  8. Divan Rossouw (25, 20)

 

Ryk geskiedenis bring sukses na De Grendel

Sir De Villiers Graaff, die vierde geslag met dié titel, is die De Grendel-landgoed se besturende direkteur. Hy het, nes sy pa, landbou op Stellenbosch studeer. De Grendel, wat naby Kaapstad teen die Tygerberg geleë is, is al geslagte lank in die Graaff-familie se besit. Hoewel De Grendel bekend is om bekroonde gehalte-wyne, is skape, ’n melkbeesstoetery en bloubessies ook deel van die boerdery. Bemagtiging is belangrik vir De Villiers en gevolglik is die familie ook by maatskaplike projekte betrokke.

Pollard back for Vodacom Bulls

Vodacom Bulls coach, Pote Human, named Handré Pollard at flyhalf and captain for Friday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

The pivot missed the last two matches on tour due to injury, but returns in a much-changed backline from the one that drew against the Blues a week ago.

Divan Rossouw (for Warrick Gelant) and Dylan Sage (for Rosko Specman) will join Pollard (replacing Manie Libbok) in the starting line-up. Sage will move to outside centre, while Johnny Kotze moves one out in place of the injured Specman.

Human also recalled Embrose Papier to partner Pollard at halfback, with Ivan van Zyl moving to the bench and Andre Warner missing out.

The loose trio that finished the game against the Blues will start against the Highlanders.

Marco van Staden will play at no 8 in place of injured Paul Schoeman, with Hanro Liebenberg and Ruan Steenkamp on the side of the scrum. The tight five remains intact.

Johan Grobbelaar comes onto the bench as a loose forward.

Human said the tour provided some good results, but can only be seen a successful one if they get the desired outcome against the Highlanders.

“This is going to be very tough for us, but this group thrives on challenges. I think they last lost to a team from outside New Zealand in 2016, so we need to be at our very best if we want to change that statistic.”

Pollard said he is keen to get back onto the field.

“The short break was great and I am happy to be back. This is a great venue to play at and we are determined to make our visit a productive one. We last won here in 2007, so it is about time we change that.”

The team is (with Super caps and points):

  1. Divan Rossouw (24, 15)
  2. Cornal Hendricks (38, 65)
  3. Dylan Sage (8, 0)
  4. Burger Odendaal (54, 30)
  5. Johnny Kotze (44, 45)
  6. Handré Pollard (c; 57, 598)
  7. Embrose Papier (22, 5)
  8. Marco van Staden (23, 15)
  9. Hanro Liebenberg (41, 30)
  10. Ruan Steenkamp (18, 0)
  11. RG Snyman (46, 10)
  12. Jason Jenkins (50, 35)
  13. Trevor Nyakane (105, 15)
  14. Schalk Brits (73, 20))
  15. Lizo Gqoboka (51, 15)

Replacements:

  1. Jaco Visagie (44, 5)
  2. Simphiwe Matanzima (14)
  3. Wiehahn Herbst (47, 0)
  4. Jannes Kirsten (29, 20)
  5. Johannes Grobbelaar (3, 0)
  6. Ivan van Zyl (28, 35)
  7. Manie Libbok (16, 50)
  8. JT Jackson (2, 0)

 

Landbouweekliks kuier op Nampo

Japie Grobler van die plaas Karookom op die grens tussen Bothaville en Viljoenskroon in die Vrystaat is een van Suid-Afrika se voorste boere. Hy is voorsitter van Agri Securitas en voormalige voorsitter van Graan SA, Senwes en Agri Suid-Afrika. Japie het twee jaar gelede ’n ernstige motorongeluk oorleef, waarna sy saai-en-veeboerdery groot veranderinge ondergaan het. Sy liefde vir die landbou en nugter uitkyk op die lewe is egter nog dieselfde. Hy sê boerdery is ’n deurlopende leerproses.

 

Two changes for Vodacom Bulls against Blues

Vodacom Bulls coach, Pote Human, named Ivan van Zyl at scrumhalf and flanker Marco van Staden in his starting team for Friday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland. Van Zyl takes over from Andre Warner and Van Staden comes in at flank for Paul Schoeman, who moves to no. 8 in place of Duane Vermeulen.

The Springbok no. 8 returned to South Africa as part of the SA Rugby agreement with contracted Springboks and their franchises.

Jason Jenkins will don the blue jersey for the 50th time.

According to Human, they need to start well against the home side, who have won 11 of their 12 home games against the Vodacom Bulls.

“We need to get a good start and sustain that throughout the match. They have some quality players, but the real test will be in the set-pieces. The Blues have the best scrum success rate (97%) in the competition, so that will be a critical area for us.”

With Handré Pollard and Duane Vermeulen out, Burger Odendaal will take over the captaincy.

The midfielder said they have clear objectives in this match.

“We are the underdogs, no doubt about that. That is good for us, as we can only concentrate on our own game and that we want to achieve. This will have to be very clinical performance from us. If not, it will be a long evening.”

The team is:

  1. Warrick Gelant (37, 60)
  2. Cornal Hendricks (37, 60)
  3. Johnny Kotze (43, 45)
  4. Burger Odendaal (c; 53, 30)
  5. Rosko Spekman (10, 25)
  6. Manie Libbok (15, 38)
  7. Ivan van Zyl (27, 5)
  8. Paul Schoeman (31, 35)
  9. Hanro Liebenberg (40, 25)
  10. Marco van Staden (22, 15)
  11. RG Snyman (45, 10)
  12. Jason Jenkins (49, 35)
  13. Trevor Nyakane (104, 15)
  14. Schalk Brits (72, 20)
  15. Lizo Gqoboka (50, 15)

Replacements:

  1. Jaco Visagie (43, 5)
  2. Simphiwe Matanzima (13, 5)
  3. Wiehahn Herbst (46, 0)
  4. Jannes Kirsten (29, 10)
  5. Ruan Steenkamp (17, 0)
  6. Andre Warner (17, 15)
  7. JT Jackson (2, 0)
  8. Divan Rossouw (23, 15)

Notes:

Jason Jenkins will play in his 50th match in Vodacom Super Rugby.

‘Varksnoet is ’n puik werktuig’

Angus McIntosh is ’n biodinamiese en bewaringsboer op die Spier-wynlandgoed naby Stellenbosch in die Wes-Kaap. Sy groot liefde is om voedingstofdigtheid vas te lê in al sy vertakkings – onder meer vrylopende varke, lêhenne en beeste. Die produkte wat hieruit voortspruit, waaronder eiers, vleis, gerookte kouevleis en vleisbeenaftreksel, word verpak onder die handelsmerk Farmer Angus. Angus se Limousinkudde was die eerste amptelik geregistreerde veldbeeste in Suid-Afrika.

 

Vermeulen to lead Vodacom Bulls against Brumbies

Duane Vermeulen will lead the Vodacom Bulls in their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Brumbies at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Friday.

Regular captain, Handré Pollard will miss this clash due to a calf strain picked up in training earlier this week, and will be returning to South Africa. His place in the number 10 jersey will be taken by Manie Libbok, with Vermeulen taking over as captain.

Human called JT Jackson onto the bench in place of the promoted Libbok. The rest of the match day squad that played against the Rebels last week, remain unchanged.

Human said Libbok, who started for the Vodacom Bulls against the Jaquares earlier in the season, has big shoes to fill, but certainly has the ability and skills to help the team achieve a second win on tour.

“He would not be around if he was not good enough, that is for sure. Handré is probably the leading 10 in the world at the moment, so to take over from him is not easy, but Manie has done well for us when he took to the field this year and I have the utmost confidence in him this weekend. He is an exciting young talent and we are looking forward to watching him grow.”

For Vermeulen, the defensive effort that the squad showed last week, must be repeated.

“We defended very well when under severe pressure and the Brumbies are going to test us the same way. They are so skilled and determined, we cannot let our guard down or we will pay the price,” he said

Kick-off is at 11h45 SA time.

 

The team (with caps and points) is:

  1. Warrick Gelant (42, 70)
  2. Cornal Hendricks (36, 60)
  3. Johnny Kotze (42, 45)
  4. Burger Odendaal (52, 30)
  5. Rosko Specman (9, 25)
  6. Manie Libbok (14, 33)
  7. André Warner (16, 15)
  8. Duane Vermeulen (captain; 120, 50)
  9. Hanro Liebenberg (39, 20)
  10. Paul Schoeman (30, 35)
  11. RG Snyman (44, 10)
  12. Jason Jenkins (48, 35)
  13. Trevor Nyakane (103, 15)
  14. Schalk Brits (71, 20)
  15. Lizo Gqoboka (49, 15)

 

Replacements:

  1. Jaco Visagie (42, 5)
  2. Simphiwe Matanzima (12, 5)
  3. Wiehan Herbst (45, 0)
  4. Jannes Kirsten (28, 10)
  5. Marco van Staden (21, 15)
  6. Embrose Papier (21, 5)
  7. JT Jackson (1, 0)
  8. Divan Rossouw (22, 15)

Note:

Lizo Gqoboka will play in his 50th match for the Vodacom Bulls in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.