Hattrick for Calitz

30 October 2019 | Agriculture

Bertus Calitz was honoured as Agra’s National Weaner Champion for the third consecutive time the competition has been held. He was also honoured with this title in 2015 and 2017. At the same event, winners from the central, southern and northern regions were awarded.
• Central regional winners: Bertus Calitz (Feedlot), Jaco Labuschagne (Veld) and Frans Lottering (Heifers with breeding potential).
• Southern regional winners: Andre Carlisle (Feedlot and Veld) and Theo Nghilundua and Pieter van Schalkwyk (Heifers with breeding potential).
• Northern regional winners: Winnie Ritzdorf (Feedlot), Japie Jacobs (Veld) and Frans X Menne (Heifers with breeding potential).
At the event, Agra’s CEO Arnold Klein praised the farmers for their resilience and perseverance. “Although our country is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent years, I would like to commend all farmers for coming up with solutions to withstand the dire climatic conditions. We hope that this year’s rain will bring relief to you our farmers and replenish our country’s resources.”
He also expressed his gratitude to all sponsors and judges. “Thank you for your active involvement by attending auctions, exhibiting your products and services and by networking with the producers and Agra staff. Without your contribution, the 2019 Agra Weaner Champion would not have been possible.”
The judges were Dawid Krause (Feedmaster) and Paul Klein (Agra) who travelled countrywide to judge the respective weaner auctions. A special word of thanks goes to judges Danie de Lange, Norbert Neumann, Christo du Plessis and Christo van Zyl of Feedmaster for assisting where the main judges could not be present.
The main sponsors were Bank Windhoek, Feedmaster, Sanlam and Santam along with associate sponsors AgriBank, Bayer, Hino Indongo/ Indongo Toyota, MSD and Paratus Africa from whom a collective sponsorship of approximately N$420 000 in cash and in kind was collected.

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