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Platform to honour local farmers launched

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On Friday, May 21, the 2021 edition of the annual Agra Weaner Championship Series was officially launched to honor local farmers who follow good farming practices.

The championship gives farmers a chance to show off their high-quality produce, which helps to set the bar for commercial farming practices. It also provides local producers with crucial exposure to a wide local and South African buying market, allowing them to increase their cash flow. At the moment, market prices favor the manufacturer, and demand for quality weaner calves is strong.

This year, a total of 18 auctions are scheduled nationwide.

Agra Auctions in a statement said it is exciting to have young and emerging farmers participating in the series, as this shows continuity and growth for commercial cattle production.

“The series is also a valuable learning opportunity for up-and-coming producers, as they are able to gauge their calves against the production standards on a national level,” Agra stated.

As usual, a standardised judging criterion is implemented by experienced judges. These standards are upheld at every single auction, in order to eliminate personal bias and ensure consistency and high judging standards between events.

Tollies are judged on feedlot potential and field potential while heifers are judged on breeding potential.

Winners are awarded at each individual event and on that basis, they progress to the next stages where they are judged Regionally and Nationally. Competition is very tough – and to walk away with the title of ‘Overall Weaner Champion’ is a remarkable achievement.

To win, requires commitment to the highest quality production standards, exceptional knowledge and consistent farming practices.

The 2021 Agra Weaner Championship Series is sponsored by Bank Windhoek, Sanlam, Santam, Feedmaster, Indongo Toyota & Hino, MSD, Agri Bank, Total, Africa Commercial Vehicles and Vivo Energy.