Choose Santa Gertrudis?
number one Performer on the Veld and in the Feedlot!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.)
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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