Prestige Sale 2009
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New SA records for La Rhone Limousins

The cold and wet conditions in the Western Cape did not influence the enthusiasm among buyers and friends at our recent Prestige Spring sale in Moorreesburg.  Some buyers already inspected the animals the previous day and catalogues were marked accordingly while the animals were still being prepared and washed.  After a most enjoyable evening with drinks and dinner, everybody headed for the sale venue on the morning of 17 September.

La Rhone exhibition

Clive Gardner, well-known auctioneer, welcomed everbody with the remark “the best yarding of Limousins that I had ever seen”.  Lot 1  was the four-year-old three-in-one cow La Rhone Easter Girl LR056 (by FN0210) with a world class heifer calf of Sauvignon at foot.  She was sold to dr Friedel and Louise Mulke, stud breeder of George, for a new SA record price of R95 000.00.

New SA record priced cow LR056 La Rhone Easter Girl

Friedel and Louise also bought the FN0210 heifer, LR0733, and also slashed the SA record price for a heifer when they paid R65 000 for LR0753.  She is the first offspring of DK0330 to be offered for sale and is in calf to the promising youngster at La Rhone, LR0810 La Rhone Hitman.  The Mulkes also added the bull, LR0721 La Rhone Great Day to their purchases.  Congratulations to these fine breeders with the acquisition of what we believe to be some of the very best Limousins in the country. 

Lot 4 brought the well-known La Rhone Dodge LR0410 into the ring.  Being the reigning SA Junior and Supreme Champion Bull, he was certainly expected to fetch a record price, which he indeed did.  When Clive brought his hammer down, it was a proud and excited Willem Tromp, of the Omassa stud in Okahandja, who became the  new owner of this proven sire.  We are really proud to add this outstanding bull to the Limousin industry in Namibia.

New SA record priced bull LR0410 La Rhone Dodge

Another young bull, who can be described as the “talk of the sale” was Lot 9, LR074 La Rhone Ghandi (by Jacre Cobra).  He displays  extra ordinary quality and muscling and must have been marked by quite a a few buyers.  For the price of R100 000 he was sold to Kobus van Tonder of Pumba Limousins in Polokwane.  Kobus has got top quality females and with Ghandi in his breeding program, he is definitely to become a force to be reckoned with in the Limousin industry.  We will be watching the future of this bull with great interest.  Kobus also added the two heifers LR084 (by DK0330) and LR0727 (by Jacre Dynamic) to his stud.

LR074 La Rhone Ghandi

We were privileged to have some of our good friends from Namibia enjoying the dinner and sale with us.  Apart from Willem Tromp, the well known breeders Hannes and Janine Human (he is also the president of the Limousin Society in Namibia), Siggy Wilckens, Siggi and Heide Baas and their two lovely daughters, as well as Enrico Junius attended.  The Humans bought  the bull with “body, butt & balance” LR0712 La Rhone Gunston (by Leadwood Gatgai), as well as the polled heifer LR0756 (by FN0210).

 The 32-month old three-in-one-cow, LR076 La Rhone Grace (by Jacre Cobra) with her bull calf took top honours in the junior female interbreed competition at Swartland skou the previous week, and was also a great favourite among buyers. The successful buyer was Siggy Wilckens who paid R70 000 for this excellent young cow.  He also bought NL0460 Yulanda Ladylike (by MEY9626) to add to his outstanding Omateva Stud.

LR076 La Rhone Grace

Siggi & Heide Baas selected the bull LR0710 La Rhone Ghost (by Leadwood Gatgai) and the heifer LR0731 to take home to their Ombende Stud.  Ghost was also used on several cows in our stud and his first calves are expected towards the end of October.

Enrico Junius, who owns the Millenium Limousin stud near Rehoboth acquired the beautiful cow HV0519 with her very young calf by DK0330.  Back at La Rhone she was, on request of Enrico,  put with FN0210.

We wish all the Namibians best of luck with their new animals.  We really appreciate your friendship and support and look forward to our next visit to your beautiful country.

At McDonald and his son, Theo, selected some really good and proven three in one females.  They bought the cows, GA0312, RE0220 and VD05116 with their calves and all in calf to FN0210.  These cows are no gamble – they have proved themselves as top breeding cows and will certainly be an asset to the Donro herd.  The top heifer, LR0746 (by FN0210 and out of the well known TK9310) was also added to their list.  It is really good to have the McDonalds boots and all in the game again and we wish them all of the best for the future.

Johann and Amien Eggers came down all the way from Keimoes and only arrived just before the sale started.  They, nevertheless, selected four heifers for their Hierbegin Stud.  LR0719, LR0744, LR0734 and LR0726 by MR0147, LR0430, Wilzak Cachou Vahot and Leadwood Gatgai respectively are all certified in calf from DK0330, FN0210 and Dodge.  All the prominent bloodlines together in one packet!

The very masculine bull, LR0717 La Rhone General (by MR0147 and out of the mother of Fudge, reigning SA Champion heifer) was selected by Johann and Ansie Claassen of the Henbase Stud near Morgenzon.

LR0717 La Rhone General

The well-known Joluza Stud was represented by our friends Ludwig and Anneri Claassen, who took home another MR0147 son, LR0718 La Rhone Gambit (out of Novar Fanta, who also bred Falcon which was sold to Piet Coetzee of Namibia last year).  We have great appreciation for their assistance with the delivery of the sale animals to their new owners in the North.  Thank you very much!

Last, but not the least, we also enjoyed the company of Jacob and Susan van der Walt, with their friends, Johan and Elsa Wessels of Vanstadensrus.  The Van der Walts bought two bulls LR0714 La Rhone Genius and LR0725 La Rhone Griekwa by Leadwood Gatgai and MR0147 respectively for their commercial herd.  We understand that they have got quite a lot of nice purebred Limousin cows and believe that these two bulls will take them a few steps closer to becoming stud breeders!

We would also like to thank Corrie Meyer for his attendance and interest.  He is a dear friend and we learned a lot from him.  Also to Koos and Elna de Wet, who came all the way from Koppies to support us.  They bought some semen for their Limousin cows and we look forward to these calves next year.  Dr Kevin Robertson, breed director and Sas Oosthuizen, Western Cape board member also attended and we also have great appreciation for their presence and support.  And of course all our friends from the Western Cape who attended and supported us before and during the event – we trust that you enjoyed the day with us.

La Rhone Limousins Prestige Spring Sale

   Number  Average (R)  Highest (R)
 Bulls  9  60 500  120 000*
 Cows  7  48 000  95 000*
 Heifers  11  34 000  65 000*

*New SA Records
Auctioneer :  Clive Gardner



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