n Farmer’s Weekly - Three-way crossbreeding for optimal production : livestock

Volume 2016, Issue 16016
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



The Schefermann family has been farming beef cattle in South Africa for four consecutive generations. So, when the decision was made to change from the more conventional two- way crossbreeding system to a three-way system for the farm's commercial beef enterprise, it was based on sound knowledge and principles gathered first- hand over many decades. Alford Farms, a 1 294ha mixed farming business in KwaZulu-Natal, is run by Neville Schefermann, who bought the farm from his father Trevor in 2014. However, Neville had been running the farm himself since 2012. Situated near Vryheid, the farm consists of 148ha commercial white maize, 14ha yellow silage maize, 609ha sourveld natural grazing, 108ha kikuyu pasture for grazing and forage, 20ha Eragrostis curvula pasture for hay production, and 20haBrazseed pasture for grazing and baling. All are dry land crops.

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