HISTORY

Where it all started
EHLERSKROON BOERDERY
Ehlerskroon Bonsmaras was started on the recommendation of Professor Johan Grosskopf in 1974. Breeding material was purchased from leading producers such as Bristow, Robert Taute, Koos van Amstel, Amfarms, Dr. Badenhorst and from former stated herd. To broaden our genetic base, we recently purchased bulls from Upgeorge, Benchmark, Dr. D. Nolte, Dr. Hartsenberg and Marloo Bonsmaras. Our herd has for many years in the past been Mpumalanga regional finalists of the ARC's cattle improvement scheme. Our herd won the Farmers Weekly Trophy for the best performing cows in the national herd Bonsmara in 1991 and 2009. Since the success of cattle farming depends on the number of weaned calves and weaning weight of calves produced, we have during the last 36 years of Bonsmaras breeding, constantly checked for birth weight, milk, fertility and growth. As can be deduced from the BULB breeding values published by the ARC, we have been a driving force in all the major categories, and have always performed better than the breed average.

52 YEARS AGO

Professor J Bonsma
ORIGIN OF THE BONSMARA

EHLERSKROON ANIMAL FEED

ANIMAL FEED
Natural grazing does not contain enough levels of phosphate, which requires that it be supplemented, especially during the summer months. Although natural pastures contain Protein in Summer, we prefer to give a supplement for lactating cows to provide additional protein and energy. The extra costs involved in adding these supplements, is more than compensated for by the acquisition of heavier weaning calves and better conditioned cows in readiness for the Winter months.
Natural pastures have a serious shortage of protein and energy in Winter. We choose also to replenish phosphate in the Winter because most regions have shortages.
Veld Groei Meel: Feedlot: E300

SUMMER MONTHS

WINTER MONTHS

CATTLE RATIONS

Sheep Lick - Does not contain Ureum Sheep Woema - increases volume in sheep and lambs
Dairy 21 Dairy Meal with 21 % Protein
Formulated with trace elements for Horses

SHEEP RATIONS

DAIRY

HORSES

INFORMATION INFORMATION

The entrance to Ehlerskroon is situated on the R555 (NOrth East from Delmas) in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

S26.1002925, E28.7266517

Johan Ehlers: +27 82 892 2921 Johan Ehlers Jnr.: +27 67 748 7430 E-mail: info@ehlerskroon.co.za www.ehlerskroon.co.za www.ehlerskroonboerdery.co.za
INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION
BOERDERY
EHLERSKROON BOERDERY BONSMARAS / VEEVOERE Dr. A Ehlers BSc. MSc. Dsc ; J H Ehlers Dip Landbou ; J H Ehlers (Jnr) Dip Landbou
Copyright @ 2017 | Ehlerkskroon Boerdery & Veevoere
After more than 20 years of careful breeding, South Africa created a new breed of cattle, the Bonsmara which, under the anxious eye of Professor Jan Bonsma, went through its final critical test for official acceptance in 1958. Below are excerpts from a report on the launch of this historic process from the Farmer's Weekly Issue of 15 May of that year. After his return from a study tour of the US in 1937, Professor Jan Bonsma took the lead in the search for a new cattle breed better adapted than the exotic breeds to the extensive semiarid and the subtropical regions of South Africa. The site of the project, the land on which the Mara research station now stands, was chosen with the challenge of evolving a type consisting of three-eight's indigenous blood and five-eighths exotic blood. The first cross-bred calves were born at Mara and they formed part of a concentrated breeding program which included extensive grading experiments carried out on British pedigree bulls and tribal cattle over a long period. Nearing the end of the project a total of 60 bulls of the fixed new breed were loaned to farmers in different parts of the country.
INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION

HISTORY

Where it all started
EHLERSKROON BOERDERY
BOERDERY
Copyright @ 2017 | Ehlerkskroon Boerdery & Veevoere
Ehlerskroon Bonsmaras was started on the recommendation of Professor Johan Grosskopf in 1974. Breeding material was purchased from leading producers such as Bristow, Robert Taute, Koos van Amstel, Amfarms, Dr. Badenhorst and from former stated herd. To broaden our genetic base, we recently purchased bulls from Upgeorge, Benchmark, Dr. D. Nolte, Dr. Hartsenberg and Marloo Bonsmaras. Our herd has for many years in the past been Mpumalanga regional finalists of the ARC's cattle improvement scheme. Our herd won the Farmers Weekly Trophy for the best performing cows in the national herd Bonsmara in 1991 and 2009. Since the success of cattle farming depends on the number of weaned calves and weaning weight of calves produced, we have during the last 36 years of Bonsmaras breeding, constantly checked for birth weight, milk, fertility and growth. As can be deduced from the BULB breeding values published by the ARC, we have been a driving force in all the major categories, and have always performed better than the breed average.

52 YEARS AGO

Professor J Bonsma
ORIGIN OF THE BONSMARA
After more than 20 years of careful breeding, South Africa created a new breed of cattle, the Bonsmara which, under the anxious eye of Professor Jan Bonsma, went through its final critical test for official acceptance in 1958. Below are excerpts from a report on the launch of this historic process from the Farmer's Weekly Issue of 15 May of that year. After his return from a study tour of the US in 1937, Professor Jan Bonsma took the lead in the search for a new cattle breed better adapted than the exotic breeds to the extensive semiarid and the subtropical regions of South Africa. The site of the project, the land on which the Mara research station now stands, was chosen with the challenge of evolving a type consisting of three-eight's indigenous blood and five-eighths exotic blood. The first cross-bred calves were born at Mara and they formed part of a concentrated breeding program which included extensive grading experiments carried out on British pedigree bulls and tribal cattle over a long period. Nearing the end of the project a total of 60 bulls of the fixed new breed were loaned to farmers in different parts of the country.

EHLERSKROON ANIMAL FEEDS

ANIMAL FEEDS
Natural grazing does not contain enough levels of phosphate, which requires that it be supplemented, especially during the summer months. Although natural pastures contain Protein in Summer, we prefer to give a supplement for lactating cows to provide additional protein and energy. The extra costs involved in adding these supplements, is more than compensated for by the acquisition of heavier weaning calves and better conditioned cows in readiness for the Winter months.
Natural pastures have a serious shortage of protein and energy in Winter. We choose also to replenish phosphate in the Winter because most regions have shortages.
Veld Groei Meel: Feedlot: E300

SUMMER MONTHS

Sheep Lick - Does not contain Ureum Sheep Woema - increases volume in sheep and lambs
Dairy 21 Dairy Meal with 21 % Protein
Formulated with trace elements for Horses
INFORMATION INFORMATION

S26.1002925, E28.7266517

Johan Ehlers: +27 82 892 2921 Johan Ehlers Jnr.: +27 67 748 7430 E-mail: info@ehlerskroon.co.za www.ehlerskroon.co.za www.ehlerskroonboerdery.co.za
INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION
EHLERSKROON BOERDERY BONSMARAS / VEEVOERE Dr. A Ehlers BSc. MSc. Dsc ; J H Ehlers Dip Landbou ; J H Ehlers (Jnr) Dip Landbou
INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION INFORMATION

The entrance to Ehlerskroon is situated on the R555

(North East from Delmas) in Mpumalanga, South Africa.