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Why Choose Santa Gertrudis?
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The number one Performer on the Veld and in the Feedlot!

The modern Santa Gertrudis are medium framed cattle. They are exceptionally good foragers (non-selective) and with an excellent walking ability cover long distances in search for food and water. The modern Santa, is tailor made for future South African trends. They are medium – quick maturing, carrying a lot more muscling than those imported in the nineteen seventies and is definitely better adapted to our extreme climatic conditions.

Santa weaners, both pure bred and crosses, consistently excel in feedlot growth tests. Weaner weight for male and female calves were 227 kg with an ADA of 930 while the national average for all breeds is only 217 kg with an ADA of 869. Weight gains of up to 2 kilogram per day are common and they are sought after because of their high cutability (slaughter percentage) with up to 65% having been recorded.

The South African Santa breeder is leading the field in breeding for superior Feed Conversion. Many of our growth test bulls are consuming less than six kilogram of feed for one kilogram of weight gain. This is achieved because we believe that performance is the only criteria by which a breed can be judged and in this aspect the Santa Gertrudis has excelled. This is proved by the latest data released by the National Beef Performance Testing Scheme. (2002)

Approximately 55% of the total feed and non feed costs of lean meat production is required to maintain the cow herd (Dickenson 1983). Approximately 70% of the cost of rounding off cattle in feedlot is feed costs. The larger part of the variation in production cost, is therefore related to feed conversion.

Even in the showring the Santa Gertrudis are performing well. At Vryburg, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg shows the Santa Gertrudis won the Gold Cup during 1997 and 2001 with 3 different animals, judged by 3 different judges

NUMBER ONE PERFORMER ON THE VELD AND IN THE FEEDLOT
Santas can be marketed from the veld as grassfed animals and will also perform exceptional in the feedlot. Simply the best allrounder !

FAST GAIN IN FEEDLOT OR ON GRASS
Gain ability is a most highly heritable performance trait in beef cattle.Consistently excel in carcass weight per day of age.weight gain of 1.6 –2.0 kg per day is obtainable.Shed teeth at approximately 24 months and will still be an A grade.

CUTABILITY ABOVE AVERAGE
Santa Gertrudis has an above average Cutability and is therefore extremely popular at auctions and feedlots.Santa Gertrudis has good marbling. Polled Santas available for fewer labour issues and easy management of the animals.

MEDIUM FRAME BEEFER
Mature bulls weigh 900 kg and up. Conformation, Mature cows weigh an average of 530 kg.

ADAPTABILITY
Today one will find Santa Gertrudis cattle flourishing in all parts of South Africa

COMBINED HARDINESS AND BEEFINESS
Exceptionally good foragers and with excellent walking ability cover long distances in search of food and water.Exceptional longevity.Cows can produce top calves up to the age of 13 to 15 years of age.

FEWER PRODUCTION PROBLEMS
Little calving trouble. Santa calves are renowned for having a small birth weight and rapid weight gains thereafter. The Santa Gertrudis makes better use of its mother’s milk, which is often overlooked as a feed,in achieving higher weaner weights. Higher percentage of calves weaned to calves born.

MATERNAL CARE
Cows are above average in milk production. Top quality milk with high butterfat content. Current 205 day weaning mass 230 kg. To protect their young, one or two cows will “babysit” with a group of calves lying down while the other cows graze.

If all the facts are considered, FCR (Feed Conversion Ratio) as calculated in Phase C of the SA Performance Testing Scheme, is a trait that should be given greater emphasis in the selection of superior animals. In this regard the Santa has made steady progress with many Phase C tested bulls now achieving FCR’s of less than 5.5 with some already have broken the magical 4,00 barrier, the best being 3,84 (the best ever in South Africa for all breeds.)

 

Society Membership
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A Member of the Santa Gertrudis Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa.
Annual sales held under the auspices of the Santa Getrudis Society.

 

2020 Sales & Auctions
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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 dedicated breeding.

Get more information here.

 

Crossbreeding
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Considering cross breeding Santa Gertrudis!
Are you striving for is to be producing the biggest amount of saleable beef from the grass growing on the farm?

More about cross breeding here.

 
 
       
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Jocharl Sale
14 August 2020

Get your hands on Jocharl Santa Gertrudis
genetics at the next sale, if you're serious
about improving your herd!

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Santa Gertrudis is the best all-rounder and
number one performer in the veld & feedlot!

●  FAST GAIN IN FEEDLOT OR ON GRASS
●  CUTABILITY ABOVE AVERAGE
●  MEDIUM FRAME BEEFER
●  ADAPTABILITY

Read more about the advantages here.

Annual sales held under
the auspices of the
Santa Getrudis Society.