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The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) will once again present its prestigious National Beef Performers Awards in 2023. This is the 45th instalment of the awards, the aim of which is to showcase the best of the best in seven categories, all relating to beef cattle performance and beef cattle producers. Each of the seven categories is sponsored by various agricultural companies and role-players, and serve to honour those who have excelled in their breeding and production practices, as well as the mentoring of fellow producers.
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has been a key stakeholder in these awards since its inception and continues to play this role this year. As of 2022, Plaas Media is the main sponsor of the awards and will also be sponsoring some of the categories.
Best Elite Cow Awards
The Best Elite Cow Awards category has been in existence for more than four decades and has become synonymous with the awards event. It is also one of the most prestigious in the country when it comes to acknowledging beef cows with truly exceptional performance traits.
In fact, this award category only considers actual reproduction performance of participating cows, and physical appearance is not part of the selection criteria at all. For cows to be eligible for consideration they should exhibit exceptional reproduction figures and other economically important traits including their maternal ability and pre-weaning growth rate (weaning weight of their progeny). This award category is also contested, as in the past, among cows across all breeds and only one cow per breed will be crowned as the top female of each participating breed.
Our valued partner, Farmer’s Weekly, has been the sponsor of this award category since its inception.
Which cows may participate?
Both registered and commercial cows are eligible to participate and specific qualification criteria include age at first calving, the average intercalving period (ICP), days since the last calving, the completeness of records for weaning weights, performance records, breeding values regarding wean direct and wean maternal, birth maternal (where available), and the number of calves with reliable weaning weights.
For commercial cows where no BLUP breeding values are available, the criteria evaluated include, in addition to that already mentioned, the weaning index of the cow’s calves individually as well as for all calves weaned. Additional criteria used to identify the best performing cow per breed include: average efficiency index (if available); approval ratio (percentage of her progeny approved for registration by the relevant breeders’ society); reproduction index and the percentage of performance-tested calves.– Dr Ben Greyling and Frans Jordaan
The 2023 finalists
|Afrisim||Hentie Jansen van Rensburg||Noordbrug, North West|
|Bonsmara||Johann Koekemoer||Bothaville, Free State|
|Boran||Theo van Zyl||Ladybrand, Free State|
|Braford||Jan Meaker||Warden, Free State|
|Braunvieh||Daleen Roos||Vrede, Free State|
|Charolais||Danie Steenkamp||Klerksdorp, North West|
|Dexter||Willie du Plessis||Riversdal, Western Cape|
|Limousin||John and Tracey Devonport||Balfour, Mpumalanga|
|Nguni||Hannes Eksteen||Piketberg, Western Cape|
|Pinzgauer||Fanie Potgieter (Bertie van Zyl Edms Bpk [ZZ2])||Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo|
|PinZ2yl||Fanie Potgieter (Bertie van Zyl Edms Bpk [ZZ2])||Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo|
|Romagnola||Dail van Rensburg||Delareyville, North West|
|SA Angus (Red)||Kevin and Carl Miles||Dordrecht, Eastern Cape|
|Santa Gertrudis||Tina de Jager||Vryburg, North West|
|Simbra||Karl-Heinz and Sigi Heimstadt||Gobabis, Namibia|
|Simmentaler||Calla and Jaco Botha||Rawsonville, Western Cape|
|South Devon||John Miller||Cathcart, Eastern Cape|
|Sussex||Shaun Trollip||Britstown, Northern Cape|
|Tuli||Dave Mullins||Grahamstown, Eastern Cape|
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