Compion Elected 2014 Master Agronomist

The judging of the Master Agronomist Dry Land 2014 was done in the Summerdown and Grootfontein areas and the standard of entries this year were of such quality that the eventual nomination proved to be quite the challenge.

Andre Compion of the Grootfontein area was elected as Master Agronomist Dry Land 2014. The annual member meeting will thus be held on his farm, Gaub.

The presenting of the award will take place on April 10 and all are invited to attend the proceedings. The day promises to be a great opportunity and chance to share in the knowledge and success of Compion. The judges who visited the Summerdown and Grootfontein areas say the crops look very good this year and they trust that good harvests will be yielded.

Meatco Inter Farmers Association Braai Competition

The 34th Inter Farmer Association Braai competition is offered this year by last year’s winner, Uhlenhorst Farmers Association at the well-known Bitterwasser Lodge on March 28 and 29.

Besides the 19 farmers association s and 20 social teams who will compete for this title, there will be for the first time this year also a Junior Braai Competition for respectively primary and high school children. Entries are limited to a certain amount and closed on March 15. Besides the usual exhibitors and food stalls, there will be also various entertainments such as airgun shooting, where an airgun can be won, jumping castles and much more. To support the costs for the two days there will also be a silent auction where various items such as a Sussex bull (for farmers) hunting packets and many more are offered.

The gates open for the public on Friday, March 28 at 12:00 with the opening in the evening, welcome and introduction of the braai teams during the Meatco reception. On Saturday, March 29 it is the braai day with all other activities. The day is concluded with the prize giving, a steak braai and dance with Andre Havenga. For further details contact Hoekus van Niekerk 063 – 265336 of 081 128 3511, Annalie v d Merwe 063- 265608 of 081 232 0707, Willie Krugel 063- 265311 of 081 249 2509.

FA and other news

Epukiro FA is holding their annual members meeting on tomorrow at 15:00 at Farm Omaramba of Gert amp Johanna Koekemoer. Heiner Boumlhme and Abrie van Wyk from Meatco will inter alia be speakers. For further details contact Johanna, Tel 062 568880.

AgriConsult Namibia will host an information day on tomorrow at 09:00 for 10:00 at the Otavi FA hall for all farmers who are involved at the Gerus (Otjiwarongo) and Otjikoto (Tsumeb) power lines in order to discuss de-bushing at the power line. NamPower will give the reason for the building of this power line and Clydon Namibia, who is constructing the line, will answer questions. For further details contact Dr Axel Rothauge from AgriConsult, agriconsult@iway.na.

Kalkfeld FA is holding a meeting tomorrow at 08:30 at the FA hall. The day will be concluded with a braai. Registration has already closed but more information is available from Sabine and Gero Schonecke, Tel 067 290069 or 081 2031773.

Dr Michael Bradfield is offering a Breedplan course on April 2 at 14:00 at the AgraBank Windhoek Ring, Windhoek Show Grounds. All breeders of different races are welcome and there is a limited amount of 50 breeders who can attend. The theme of the course is “A LIVE DIAGNOSTIC ON SUBMITTED SAMPLE ANIMALS. Practical demonstrations will be given and please register before March 27 at simnamibia@gmail.com.

A Bonsmara judging day will be held on April 2 at 08:00 at Farm Omantumba PLEASE LETS MAKE SURE ABOUT THE NAME?????, 25km north of Hochfeld. The course will look at practical selection: phase D bulls, practical selection: heifers and course attendants will be tested and thereafter given certificates. Please today is the deadline for registration with omantumba@iway.na. For any further enquiries contact Streicher Coetzee, Tel 081 1298387, Hella Coetzee, Tel 081 2036484 or Kiep Lepen, Tel 081 1240648.

Okahandja FA is holding a members’ meeting on April 2 at 14:00 at Farm Omongongua of Gabi and Helmuth Fischer. The day will be concluded with a braai. For further details contact Rudi Scheidt, Tel 081 2086961, okahandjabv@gmail.com.

Osire-Waterberg FA is holding a meeting on April 8 at 14:00 at the Osire FA hall. Guest speakers are A Vekuii Rukoro of Meatco and Johann Groenewald of Dorsland Boom Lusern Namibia. The day is concluded with a Bring and Braai. For further details contact Anka Visher, Tel 067 306208, hpvisher@iway.na.

The members’ meeting of the Agronomic Producers Association and the Master Agronomist Day will be held on April 10. The venue and time will be announced in due course. For further details contact Marianne Pretorius, Tel 061 237838, joc@agrinamibia.com.na.

The members’ meeting of the Poultry Producers Association is held on April 16 at 08:30 in the NAU board room, 114 Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek. Please register before April 2 with Marianne Pretorius, Tel 061 237838, joc@agrinamibia.com.na.

Keinab FA is hosting a shooting day on April 26 at 07:00 at the FA hall. There are five categories which can be entered at Competition 1, namely hunting rifle, hand weapon, .22 rifle, airgun and kettie and Competition 2 is clay pigeon shooting. Registration fees for Competition 1 are N$200 and enquiries can be addressed to F Jordaan, Tel 063 683487, frikjordaan@yahoo.com, J van Niekerk, Tel 063 683485, jacovn@afol.com.na of K Visser, Tel 063 683491, sdoorn@afol.com.na.

Source : New Era