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Live Lamb


Lamb is a sheep that is typically less than 1 year old. There is little fat on lamb, and the meat can vary in color from a tender pink to a pale red. Livestock lamb less than 3 months of age is called spring lamb. Spring lamb is extremely tender but has a milder flavor than lamb.


Mutton is meat from a sheep that is older than 1 year, ideally 3 years old. It is an intense red color and contains a considerable amount of fat. Its flavor is very strong, and you might have to acquire the taste before being able to enjoy a meal of mutton if you’re an American.

Live Cattle

Beef/boeuf sur patte production in South Africa has a rich heritage, with cattle being used in the past and even today for different reasons in various cultures throughout the country. Production takes place almost across South Africa, with different breeds being suited to different climatic conditions and areas.

There is also a large variety of livestock farmers, ranging from subsistence to large commercial producers and breeders.

Our Breeds:

• The Afrikaner, also known as the Africander, is a breed of taurine-indicine (“Sanga”) cattle indigenous to South Africa.

• The Bonsmara is a breed of cattle known for its high quality beef and resistance to local diseases.

• The Drakensberger is a breed of cattle indigenous to South Africa, where it developed over several centuries.

• The Nguni cattle breed is special to Southern Africa. The cattle breed is medium-sized and adapted to grazing on the highveld.

Sanga cattle is the collective name for indigenous cattle of sub-Saharan Africa. They are sometimes identified as a subspecies with the scientific name Bos taurus africanus. These cattle originated in East Africa, probably the western shores of Lake Victoria, and have spread up the river Nile, with depictions on Ancient Egyptian murals.

Tulim is a recently developed beef cattle breed, a composite of Tuli and Limousin cattle. Their origin and major distribution is in South Africa.

• The Limousin breed originated in France and is believed to be as old as the European continent itself. Today this unique breed has very special meat characteristics and can make its mark with great success in any cattle farm.

• The Charolais is a French breed of taurine beef cattle. It originates in, and is named for, the Charolais area surrounding Charolles, in the département of Saône-et-Loire, in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France. Charolais are raised for meat; they may be crossed with other breeds, including Angus and Hereford cattle.

Angus Beef is internationally known as Aberdeen Angus, and was one of the first cattle breeds exclusively bred for beef production. South African producers prefer the Red over the Black Angus cattle, which is reflected by the fact that more than seventy percent of the Angus cattle listed on SA Studbook are red. In the rest of the world, however, more than ninety percent of the listed Angus cattle are black. The United States and Australia are of the few countries where Red and Black Angus cattle are listed separately.

• The Brahman breed was introduced to the South African beef cattle scene in 1957. The conditions in Africa and the extensive condition on farms suit this breed very well. Brahmans in Southern Africa have become an economic and highly profitable breed.

• The word Wagyu means “Japanese cow” and, as the name suggests, refers to a couple of cattle breeds that originated in Japan.

Live Sheep

Livestock sheep/mouton farming is practiced in all provinces throughout South Africa, but is traditionally concentrated in the more arid regions of the country. Although the income derived from sheep farming is modest compared to other animals produced here, e.g. poultry, the sheep industry is vital in the rural and arid regions of South Africa.

In South Africa, sheep breeds are a mix of the hairy indigenous breeds, fat-tailed and fat-rumped breeds, and South African developed composite ‘exotic’ breeds, such as the SA mutton Merino. Depending on the breed, sheep can be used for fibre, using wool and hair, as well as for meat production, or are sometimes used to produce dairy products.

Dorpers were created in South Africa in 1942 by crossing imported Dorset Horn Rams onto Persian Black Headed Ewes thus creating a hardy, prolific milky breed with excellent vigour and maternal traits. A breed standard and society were set up in 1950 and it is from these standards that the modern Dorper sheep has derived from. Along the way White sheep were produced which in turn became understandably White Dorpers.

Live Goat

The Boer breed is characterized by a red head and red on at least a portion of the neck, with a white body. They have large pendulous ears. Some livestock breeders have chosen to breed and promote solid color Boers, but there is little scientific evidence that they have any unique merit in productivity. Several Boer breed associations exist in the United States and each uses a set of standards related to appearance and function. The standards include characteristics that are acceptable, discriminated against and disallowed. Details are available through breed association Web sites. The breed was developed and improved in the Republic of South Africa. Boers were first imported into the United States about 1994 from Australia and New Zealand.

Docility, high fertility and a fast growth rate are some of the traits that set the Boer goat/chèvre sur patte apart in the purebred and commercial segments of the American meat goat industry. With the characteristic red head, meat goat buyers are able to select for Boer influenced animals and these livestock animals will often generate a premium over other colored goats of similar age and gender.

There is some evidence that the breed as a whole may be relatively more susceptible to internal parasites when used in the warmer, humid regions of the South Africa.

Boer goats are in high demand because they grow fast and produce desirable meat. Breeding animals have been very expensive due to the limited numbers originally imported, but recent numbers have increased sufficiently that prices have become more reasonable. Due to their scarcity and high demand, some animals that should have been culled because they were not hardy were kept for breeding purposes. Also, some of the animals were pampered because of high prices at the time, and as a consequence, some Boer goat individuals in the United States are not as hardy as Boer goats raised in South Africa.

Boer goats are the largest of the goat breeds. Mature does can weigh between 190-230 pounds, and mature Boer bucks can weigh between 200–340 pounds. They have been selected for growth rate and may gain in excess of 0.4 pounds per day under feedlot conditions.

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