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How WO Beefmasters breed winners?

The WO Beefmaster stud herd is one of the finest in the country, thanks to a sound approach to breeding, feeding and managing cattle on sourveld, and incorporating early calving, early weaning, the benefits of heterosis and ruthless selection. Willem and Frans Odendaal told Chris Nel how they do it.

The WO Beefmaster stud herd, one of the finest Beefmaster herds in the country, is run as part of a mixed farming enterprise on Uitkyk and a number of adjoining sourveld farms in the Vrede district in the Eastern Free Sate. The Odendaals – father Willem and sons Cloete and Frans – consider themselve grass farmers who market their annual veld biomass in the form of beef, read more


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