n Farmer’s Weekly - The adaptable, 'no-nonsense' Afrisim : livestock

Volume 2016, Issue 16028
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



For many years, the Afrikaner/Simmentaler cross was arguably one of the most popular crosses for commercial beef cattle production, says Lynton Vermaak, advisor to Dr Hentie Jansen van Rensburg's Demeter Afrisim Stud near Leeudoringstad. "This eventually resulted in the Afrisim breed as we know it today. It was a logical step for cattlemen to formalise Afrisim stud breeding," he says. Hentie, a gynaecologist in Potchefstroom, was one of the first breeders to register an Afrisim stud in South Africa. It was initially registered as 'a breed under evaluation' in terms of the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (No. 62 of 1998), and the Afrisim Breeders' Society was established in 2009 under the auspices of the Afrikaner Cattle Breeders' Society of South Africa. This year, the Demeter Stud was voted the Afrisim Breeders' Society's Herd of the Year for 2016.

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