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Prestige Sale 2011
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The 2011 La Rhone Prestige Spring Sale took place at La Rhone Farm for the first time.  We are very grateful towards Philip de Waal and his team at Bossiesvlei, Moorreesburg for accommodating us for four years, but eventually the time has come to move to home ground.  All the stops were pulled out to make this first sale on the farm a memorable one.

With the first enthusiasts already arriving on the Thursday, we kicked off with an informal barbecue.  Springtime in the Boland never starts on 1 September and this year was no exception with rain pouring down on the Friday.  This did not, however, stop anybody!  At about 13:00 La Rhone was alive with potential buyers and enthusiasts marking catalogues and scrutinizing the sale animals.  Leon Rall feedlots provided a couple of Limousin crossbreeds which clearly showed why everybody should be using a Limousin bull or two.

On Friday evening we hosted a dinner where buyers, friends and sponsors got together with nice ‘boerekos’ and good wines.  On Saturday morning the rain was gone and we were blessed with a gorgeous sunny day.  The Limousins were all exhibited in white pens with sponsors’ flags and banners creating a real festive atmosphere.

   
   

At 12:00 auctioneer Johan van der Nest took up his microphone and hammer and the sale began with some 250 guests gathered around the sale ring.  Lot 1, the current SA Senior and Breed Champion Cow, LR0616 Fluff, with a bull calf by Hitman, showed her exceptional quality and feminity to bring down the hammer on the new national record price of R160 000 for her new owners, Johann & Amien Eggers from the Kalahari Stud.  Lot 2, HV0532  and her bull calf by Harry Potter was grabbed by Chris and Thea Gerber of the Christea Stud in Trichardtsdal for R120 000.

   

Everybody seem to have been waiting for Lot 4, the legendary Hitman, Breedplan Bull of the Year 2010, and current SA Junior Champion Limousin bull.  This offer lived up to the expectations with another new national record price of R280 000 for a Limousin bull.  He was proudly admired by new owners Johan Eggers, John Devonport and Albertus van der Merwe.  Truly the greatest sire ever to leave La Rhone!

   
   

Lot 6, Headboy, the current SA Champion bull 21-24 months went home with JC Steenkamp and family to their Champo Stud near Wapadrand for R130 000.  The highest priced heifer was Lot 21, LR0972 who was sold to Kobus and Maryn van Tonder of Pumba Stud for R60 000.00.

The Coetzees and Baas’e from Zirko Limousins in Namibia bought a few females, although the border is still closed for bovines.  Kerang Hlabano came all the way from Botswana to pick lot 13, Jameson, for his stud.

Buyers who came for bulls for commercial use hit some bargains with outstanding commercial bulls selling for between R22 000 and R50 000.

   

Enthusiastic bidding persisted and a very successful sale was followed by a steak braai at the premises.  What a privilege to make these outstanding genetics available to the South African industry.  We will proudly follow the traces that they will leave throughout the country.  A wonderful weekend of Limousins and friends came to an end on Sunday, leaving us with some beautiful memories created by this awesome animals.

 
LOT 1  LR0616  La Rhone Fluff
SOLD TO: 
Johan Eggers
LOT HV0532  Renlo MB Reine 9
SOLD TO:  Chris Gerber
   
LOT 4  LR0810  La Rhone Hitman
SOLD TO: 
J Eggers, J Devonport & A vd Merwe
LOT 5  LR0974  La Rhone Jabula
SOLD TO:  Andre de Jager
   
LOT 6  LR0841  La Rhone Headboy
SOLD TO: 
JC Steenkamp
LOT 7  LR0863  La Rhone Hercules
SOLD TO: 
Jacob vd Walt
   
LOT 8  LR0868  La Rhone Hightide
SOLD TO: 
Kobus van Tonder
LOT 9  LR0967 La Rhone Jubilation
SOLD TO: 
Johan Claassen
   
LOT 13  LR0931  La Rhone Jameson
SOLD TO: 
Kerang Hlabano
LOT 16  LR094  La Rhone Jupiter
SOLD TO: 
Johan Eggers
   
LOT 17  LR0857  La Rhone Halloween
SOLD TO: 
Sakkie Rust
LOT 18  LR092  La Rhone Java
SOLD TO: 
Johan Opperman
   
LOT 19  LR0916  La Rhone Joey
SOLD TO: 
Sas Oosthuizen
Lot 20  LR0937  La Rhone Jolly
SOLD TO: 
Albertus vd Merwe
   
Lot 21  LR0972  La Rhone Jennifer
SOLD TO: 
Kobus van Tonder
LOT 31  LR0963  La Rhone Jo-Anne
SOLD TO: 
Kobus van Tonder
   
 
LOT 38  LR093  La Rhone J&B
SOLD TO:  Reimar Tratchler
 
 
  

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