Die week op Landbouweekliks | Dié beginsels geld vir sukses

Boeta Wessels se Weska-stoetery is die derde keer die wenner van die Dohne-Merino-telersgenootskap se gesogste eerbewys, Bobaasteler van die Jaar. Boeta en sy vrou, Cecilia, boer op die plaas Karsrivier naby Bredasdorp met skape, beeste en gewasse. Die boerdery bestaan uit 700 stoetooie en 2 500 kommersiële ooie. Boeta is ’n man wat graag bergfiets ry en sy skaaphonde leer om raak te vat. Boeta se skaapboerdery berus op drie beginsels, naamlik vrugbaarheid, bouvorm en wol. In 2019 is vyf ramme uit sy stoetery teen gemiddeld R106 000 verkoop.

Vodacom Bulls geared up for exciting Edinburgh encounter

The Vodacom Bulls have kept consistency in their backline while making a handful of changes in the forwards pack ahead of their Vodacom United Rugby Championship Round 4 clash against Edinburgh Rugby on Saturday.

The side will see Chris Smith earning a starting berth at flyhalf as the only change to the backline that faced Cardiff Rugby a week ago.

The forwards will see the return of Lizo Gqoboka and Mornay Smith as the starting props, while a new loose trio will see captain Marcell Coetzee playing alongside Arno Botha at blindside flanker and Muller Uys at No8.

Experienced Springbok flyhalf, Morne Steyn, will provide cover from the bench.

Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, said: “It’s been quite an experience for our squad in these past four weeks in the UK, adapting to the Vodacom United Rugby Championship – new opposition and unfamiliar conditions.

“Edinburgh is a top side that is well-coached, with a number of international players. We expect another challenging encounter against a competitive opposition. We look forward to ending off this tour on a high note.”

The match kicks off at 18h15 SA time, and it will be televised on SuperSport.

The Vodacom Bulls team is (15-9; 1-8):

David Kriel (Betway Centurion), Madosh Tambwe (Pretoria), Cornal Hendricks (Northam), Harold Vorster (Northam), Kurt-Lee Arendse (Betway Centurion), Chris Smith (Harlequins), Embrose Papier (FNB Tuks); Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Bismarck du Plessis (Betway Centurion), Mornay Smith (Betway Centurion), Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria), Ruan Nortje (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Marcell Coetzee (CAPT, ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Arno Botha (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Muller Uys (FNB Tuks)

Replacements: Schalk Erasmus (Tuine), Simphiwe Matanzima (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Robert Hunt (Harlequins), Walt Steenkamp (Betway Centurion), Elrigh Louw (FNB Tuks) Marco Jansen van Vuren (Pretoria), Morne Steyn (Tuine), Lionel Mapoe (Pretoria)

 

 

 

Vodacom Bulls make changes for Cardiff clash

The Vodacom Bulls have made a handful of changes to their side that will face Welsh side, Cardiff Rugby, in Round 3 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship on Saturday. Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, has opted to make full use of the team’s rotation system ahead of the match that will be played at Cardiff Arms Park.

White, said: “We are making some changes to our match-day squad this week to ensure that we utilise our squad depth while giving fair opportunity to the players to get a feel of this competitive tournament.”

The Vodacom Bulls team will see five changes to the backline personnel, while four new faces will be seen from the forwards’ pack that was on duty last weekend against Connacht Rugby.

Fullback David Kriel, wingers Madosh Tambwe and Kurt-Lee Arendse make returns to the starting XV, while scrumhalf Ambrose Papier makes a welcomed return in the run-on team after having spent weeks recuperating from an injury ahead of the start of the Vodacom URC. Cornal Hendricks will shift from wing to the familiar outside centre position, where he will partner with Harold Vorster.

A new-look front row will see hooker Bismarck du Plessis linking up with props Simphiwe Matanzima and Jacques van Rooyen. Janko Swanepoel, at lock, and Jacques du Plessis, at blindside flanker, will both earn starting berths.

“Cardiff has shown good form so far this season in their win over Connacht at home, and, despite their narrow defeat, last week in the Welsh derby against Ospreys. We expect them to come out guns blazing, and we have no doubt that they will be a tough side to face,” added White.

The match will kick-off at 20h35 SA time, and it will be televised on SuperSport.

The Vodacom Bulls team to face Cardiff Rugby is:

Vodacom Bulls: (15-9; 1-8)

David Kriel (Betway Centurion), Madosh Tambwe (Pretoria), Cornal Hendricks (Northam), Harold Vorster (Northam), Kurt-Lee Arendse (Betway Centurion), Johan Goosen (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Embrose Papier (FNB Tuks); Simphiwe Matanzima (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Bismarck du Plessis (Betway Centurion), Jacques van Rooyen (Tuine), Janko Steenkamp (Pretoria), Ruan Nortje (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Marcell Coetzee (CAPT, ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Jacques du Plessis (FNB Tuks), Elrigh Louw (FNB Tuks)

Replacements: Jan-Hendrik Wessels (U20), Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Robert Hunt (Harlequins), Walt Steenkamp (Betway Centurion), Arno Botha (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Keagan Johannes (FNB Tuks), Chris Smith (Harlequins), Lionel Mapoe (Pretoria)

Op Landbouweekliks die week | ‘Koning van kuilvoer’

Bull Janse van Rensburg is eintlik ’n melkboer van Humansdorp in die Oos-Kaap, maar hy is ook die koning van kuilvoer. Hy was verlede jaar die hawer-kategoriewenner in die nasionale kuilvoerkompetisie. Bull meen daar is altyd ’n toekoms in boerdery en die covid-19-pandemie het wêreldwyd gewys watter belangrike rol boere speel. Hy boer op die Groenwei-boerdery van sowat 1 200 ha en melk meer as 1 000 beeste. Die boerdery is weidingsgebaseer en sowat 300 ha is onder besproeiing. Kuilvoer word as ’n vuller aangewend wanneer daar weidingstekorte is.

 

Starting berth for Combrinck against Connacht

The Vodacom Bulls have named their side to face Connacht Rugby in Round 2 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship on Friday. The South African side will take on the Irish team at The Sportsground in Galway, with kick-off at 20h35.

Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, has made a handful of changes to the team that featured in the opening round last week. Arguably, the most notable of the changes include Springbok, Ruan Combrinck, earning his first starting berth for the side after making his debut off the bench during the domestic Carling Currie Cup campaign.

Combrinck will start at fullback, alongside another new starter in Stravino Jacobs, who will don the No11 jersey.

The forwards will buckle down with a new-look front row as loosehead prop Lizo Gqoboka, hooker Joe van Zyl and tighthead prop Jacques van Rooyen will be part of the starting XV.

“We have another tough encounter ahead of us. To face two top Irish sides back-to-back is no easy challenge,” said White.

“Connacht is a strong, well-coached side; and they will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Cardiff in the opening round.

“We have also put the defeat to Leinster behind us, and we look forward to testing ourselves, again this week, against another quality outfit in the Vodacom United Rugby Challenge.”

The match will be televised on SuperSport.

 

The Vodacom Bulls team is:

Starters: Ruan Combrinck (Tuine), Cornal Hendricks (Northam), Lionel Mapoe (Pretoria), Harold Vorster (Northam), Stravino Jacobs (Harlequins), Johan Goosen ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Zak Burger (Tuine); Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Joe van Zyl (Harlequins), Jacques van Rooyen (Tuine), Walt Steenkamp (Betway Centurion), Ruan Nortje (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Marcell Coetzee (CAPT, ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Arno Botha (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Elrigh Louw (FNB Tuks)

 Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis (Betway Centurion), Simphiwe Matanzima (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Mornay Smith (Betway Centurion), Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria), Jacques du Plessis (FNB Tuks), Embrose Papier (FNB Tuks), Chris Smith (Harlequins), Stedman Gans (Northam)

 

Die week op Landbouweekliks | Funksionele teling wérk

Andrew Masterson is ’n meester van diversifikasie. Deur die basiese dinge reg te doen – en ’n funksionele bees te teel – is daar min mense wat hom kan nadoen. Danksy sy vrou, Colette, se boekhou-agtergrond kan sy duidelik sien hoe verandering in die bedryf die winsgewendheid van die boerdery raak. Die Milagro-boerdery naby Oesterbaai in die Oos-Kaap se hoofvertakking is ’n melkery, ’n Angus- en Simmentalerstoetery, ’n kommersiële kudde wat uit kruisings van die twee rasse bestaan, asook ’n wolskaapkudde en slaghuis. Niks word op die plaas vermors nie.

‘We can only get better from here’ – Arno Botha

Vodacom Bulls loose-forward, Arno Botha, is confident that the side will improve in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship. Botha, one of a handful of players in the squad who are familiar with playing in Europe following a two-year stint at Irish club, Munster, indicated that the side was not deflated by the defeat to four-time champions, Leinster Rugby, in the opening round at the weekend.

“We can only get better from here. We just need to make the step up,” he said. “It’s not going to be a train-smash, we will make that step up. It’s not the end of the world, it was only the first game and there are still 20 more games to play.”

The Vodacom Bulls will now face another Irish outfit, Connacht Rugby, in Round 2 in Galway on Friday.

The 29-year-old Botha expects another touch encounter this week. “They say that playing in Connacht (Galway) is like playing in Kimberley, but totally different. It’s not going to be dry and hot, but it’s going to be cold and wet.

“We know they will just keep coming at us, and it will be a nice battle. It will be wet and we will have to be more clinical.”

The Vodacom Bulls’ match against Connacht Rugby will kick off at 20h35 on Friday, and it will be televised on SuperSport.

Die week op Landbouweekliks | Boer belê massief in SA

Number Two Piggeries is in die laat 1970’s deur Dave Osborne en David Miles gestig. Die maatskappy lewer vandag sowat 30% van Suid-Afrika se varkvleis. N2P het 26 varkboerderye in Suid-Afrika en Namibië. Die onderneming besit ook vier abattoirs, ’n beeskudde van meer as 6000, en het sowat 2750ha onder mielies en 950 ha onder sojabone. Die verskil wat die onderneming se plaasaankope tussen Indwe en Elliot in ’n grootliks arm gemeenskap gemaak het, is enorm. Afgesien van die werkgeleenthede wat geskep word, vind groot opheffing plaas.

 

Duane Vermeulen leaves Vodacom Bulls

The Vodacom Bulls can confirm the departure of captain and Springbok loose-forward, Duane Vermeulen, who will be joining Irish team, Ulster Rugby.

The 35-year-old joined the Vodacom Bulls in 2020, where he had an immediate impact as he led the Tshwane-based side to the Carling Currie Cup title and was also instrumental in the journey to the final of the 2020/21 United Rugby Championship.

Vermeulen, who is currently representing the Springboks in the Rugby Championship in Australia, will officially join Ulster Rugby at the conclusion of the end-year Test matches.

Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, said: “We are sad to see Duane leaving the Vodacom Bulls. He has been a key figure in our setup since his arrival in 2020 and his influence, both on and off the field, has been immense. We wish him the very best for his future at Ulster Rugby.”

Die week op Landbouweekliks | Ou waardes geld hier

Barry York is dié pionier in die teel van goue wildebeeste en bedryf nie net ‘n suksesvolle wildboerdery op die Sandstone Valley-plaas naby Alma in Limpopo nie, maar het ook ’n safari-onderneming wat plaaslike en internasionale jagters lok. Die York-gesin het hoë agting vir die mense en diere waarmee hulle werk. Die Yorks laat hulle nie onderkry nie. Barry en sy vier seuns (Richard, Graeme, Christopher en Stephen) moes al meer as een keer oor begin met hul lewe as boere, maar vandag word hulle gereken onder die land se topwildtelers.