Santa Gertrudis stud was established in 1980 and is one of
the largest and oldest herds in South Africa. Bulls are born
and bred on the field to insure hard, adaptable cattle that
will prosper in any part of Southern Africa.
The stud is based on the de Wet’s farm, Doornbult in the
Delareyville district, North West, South Africa.
In 1974 I decided to introduce a new breed in my then
established commercial beef herd. The search was on for a
breed that would produce small calves at birth but with good
growth potential that will perform not only on the field but
also in the feedlot. I was looking for a breed that would
improve the commercial herd with every generation and that
would establish a uniform colour. After thorough research
the decision was made to buy some Santa Gertrudis bulls.
After just five years of crossbreeding with Santa bulls I
was so impressed with the result that I decided to establish
the Jocharl Santa Gertrudis stud.
Some of the best imported cows at the time were obtained
from Jan Bothma and Piet Nel. Local heifers were also bought
from breeders across the country. The bull Locklore 79/55
formed the foundation of the herd. He was a son of the 1978
SA Champion, Locklore Caesar, with good length, muscling and
a short sheath. The bulls Sombrero Jeff and Henvia 82/42 put
the herd on the map and their offspring’s show results
proved that they were a valuable asset to us.
The combination of Toffie Apple and Sombrero Jeff bloodlines
exceeded all expectations. Sons bred from this combination
were used in our herd and in studs across South Africa.
Only the best breeding material available was used to expand
the genetic pool of the herd over the years.
The Jocharl stud has selected since its beginning in 1980
for medium frame, short sheaves, muscling, smooth coat, milk
production, fertility, hardiness and adaptability.
All these characteristics are well established after 39
years of dedicated breeding and selection. The herd has
grown into one of the ten biggest herds in the country and
the Blub figures are above average for the breed with many
animals in the top 10% in the country.
Fertility and milk production is an outstanding feature in
the herd and has won us many accolades through the years.
The Jocharl stud participated in shows and performance
testing since the early eighties and produced many champions
over the years on all major shows including Bloemfontein,
Vryburg and Johannesburg.
The Jocharl stud has made a big impact on the stud industry
in SA and Jocharl blood flows in herds across South Africa,
Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Jocharl stud sires form the
foundation of many studs in SA and proved to breed the
qualities for which they are famous. Many Jocharl sons were
sold for record prices and proved to be good value for money
to their owners.
In 2012 semen was imported from Australia of 3 magnificent
Santa Gertrudis bulls – Dangerfield Tornado, Dangerfield
Second to None and Gyranda Crackerjack. This new addiciotn
to the stud opened an exciting new chapter for us and we are
looking forward to their offspring.
For 23 consecutive years the Jocharl stud held an annular
production sale. One of the longest running annual
production sales by a single breeder for all breeds in South
Africa. In 2018 we decided to join the Santarust annual sale
which is held mid-August each year.
A Member of the Santa Gertrudis Cattle
Breeders’ Society of South Africa.
Annual sales held under the auspices of the
Santa Getrudis Society.
Joint Jocharl & Santarust Sale
14 August 2020
Don’t miss this opportunity to get your hands on Jocharl
Santa Gertrudis genetics, the product of 40 years of
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