SA Angus celebrates centenary at Livestock

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Photo: Angus centenary celebrations at Agri-Expo Livestock: Joyce’s Farm is one of the Angus breeders participating in the Angus Show at Agri-Expo Livestock. From left to right are Basie Erasmus (handler) and Seymour Currie (breeder) of Joyce’s Farm, with Johann Engelbrecht (Kaap-Agri), and an Angus bull at a previous Livestock Championship show.  

The Angus Society of South Africa’s centenary celebrations is one of the highlights at this year’s Agri-Expo Livestock on Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. Cattle breeders from the Western and Southern Cape, as well as from other provinces including the Free State, will convene here to mark this milestone.

The centenary celebrations kicks off with the Society’s 100th Annual General Meeting and a prize giving function on Wednesday 11 October 2017, followed by an Angus Show on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October as part of the Livestock Breed and Interbreed Championships. An Angus cow, Black Mamba Nelene of Jaco Smit from Moorreesburg, has twice been crowned BKB Beef Queen – in 2015 and 2016.

The Society was founded in 1917 as the Aberdeen-Angus Society. Today the Red and Black Aberdeen-Angus cattle are known in South Africa as SA Angus. The breed originates from the adjacent Scottish counties of Aberdeenshire and Angusshire. The first importation of Black Angus into South Africa was in 1895 by Charles Newberry of the Free State. EW Bassingthwaighte and RW Dennler of Windhoek were the first Red Angus breeders, with Barry Kramer the first Red Angus importer and Hannes Muller the first importer of Red Angus semen from America.

According to Andrew Masterson, Chairperson of the SA Angus Council, Angus is a unique breed as it is the most populous in the world, as well as the only pure breed in the world bred exclusively for beef since its beginning.

“SA Angus is looking forward to celebrate this important matter during the Agri-Expo Livestock expo. The highlight of our programme will be the awarding of honorary membership of the Society. Kramer and Muller are two of the retired breeders who will be recognised for their contributions to the development and growth of the breed. Herds will also once again compete for the Pat Mossop award for the shortest inter calf periods,” says Masterson.

Rudi Buys, Chairperson of the Southern Cape and Western Cape Angus Club, involved with the Agri-Expo Livestock beef cattle championships since its inception, says he is very excited about this year’s big Angus celebration:“Livestock is a highlight amongst South African shows as the quality of the show is genuine world class.”

Agri-Expo Livestock takes place from 12 to 14 October 2017. For the full show programme, visit www.livestock.org.za. Vist www.angus.org.za for more about SA Angus.