n Farmer’s Weekly - EBVs and a keen eye : a winning combination : livestock

Volume 2016, Issue 16026
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



Chris Nel Snr and Jnr of Eversar Sussex stud have always had deep respect for the time-proven method of using one's eye and experience to study conformation and make judgements accordingly. At the same time, they have enthusiastically embraced the science of estimated breeding values (EBVs). Using both methods together has greatly improved their Sussex stud near Petrus Steyn in the Free State, and by extension the commercial herds of their clients. Chris Snr was a teacher until 1967, when he joined the family farming operation after his father took ill. In 1971, he established the Eversar Sussex stud and explains that the limited available land made a commercial beef herd uneconomical. To get the operation off the ground, he started small : two Sussex cows and a Sussex bull borrowed from his friend, Gerhard Gouws. Today, this father-and-son team runs a 120-cow breeding herd of registered Sussex cattle.

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