Agra Launches Weaner Auction Championships for 2019

Agra Launches Weaner Auction Championships for 2019

The 2019 Agra National Weaner Auction Championships was launched on the 9th of May 2019, at the Agra/Bank Windhoek Ring in the capital. The championships aim to recognise and reward producers for good quality weaner calves.

 

Speaking at the event, Herman Lintvelt, Regional Manager for Agra Auctions Central, gave a brief background on the weaner competitions. He described the competition as going from strength to strength despite the many challenges that the farmers face. “In 2018 there were 261 lots countrywide, almost 50 more than the previous year, which is a good indication to us that the competition is still growing every year”, said Herman.
A total of 17 weaner calf auctions will be conducted this year, starting from the 9th of July in Outjo ending on the 17th of September, in Graal. Agra places great importance on fertility, growth ability, the capacity to produce meat and apply farming practices such as branding, dehorning and mass uniformity, which is the key aspects for the weaner competition judging criteria.
As per the previous years, Agra will award prizes to winners in the categories of feedlot potential, veld potential and heifers with breeding potential. The National Champion of 2018 was Mrs Lorraine van Heerden, first time winner from the Veld Potential Category, as well as the second woman, in the history of the competition, to win the title of National Champion.

 

The judging for all the competitions will be done by Mr Dawid Krause and his fellow Feedmaster team to ensure continuity and credibility. They will travel to all competition points, to do the judging.
Agra CEO, Mr Arnold Klein, expressed appreciation to all the sponsors for this years competitions. “Thank you, to the main sponsors, Bank Windhoek, Sanlam, Santam and Feedmaster, as well as the co-sponsors Paratus Africa, Indongo Toyota and Hino Indongo, Bayer, MSD and Agribank. Without you, our sponsors, this competition would not have been possible”, said Klein.
The total sponsorship for this year amounts to more than N$400 000, which will be used for various category winners at the various weaner auctions as well as, the awarding of the national champion towards the end of the year.

 

The broad farming community from both communal and commercial areas will participate in these auctions. In addition, competitive buyers from Namibia and its neighbouring countries are expected to attend.

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