Leopard Ridge Ngunis

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About Leopard Ridge Nguni Stud

The Leopard Ridge Stud Nguni herd was established in 2007. The base herd was formed initially by the purchase of suitable adaptable animals. These were mainly acquired from respected stud breeders in the area.

The herd is based on the farm ‘Waterhoek’ which is nestled on the Bushman’s river in the Eastern Cape. The farm and the herd belongs to Dale Cunningham. The Bushman’s River provides an abundance of fresh water all year round.

The Bushman’s river bush vegetation houses several of the tick species, and thus related diseases occur. The Ngunis are bred resistant to these tick-borne diseases and are only dipped based on visual appearance of ticks. This protects the cow’s udders/teats, ears, etc.

Vegetation Types

  • Dry land pastures – Fescue, Panicum ,Rhodes
  • Kikuyu along the river banks
  • Couch grass
  • Various natural grasses, erogrostis, themeda, and others
  • Riverine bush
  • Acacia Karoo
  • East Cape bush thickets
  • Irrigated Fescue, Ryegrass

Diseases Present in Area

  • Heart water
  • Red water
  • Gall sickness

The adopted breeding strategy is simple and affective – the type of animal that we strive to breed is a uniformly smaller animal with good muscling. The animals should be able to withstand the harsh heat conditions that prevail in the Bushman’s River Valley.

The calves are weaned at 8 months, when the bull calves are predominantly sold. Only a select few exceptional bull calves will be kept and grown out for sale. The heifer weaners are shipped off to a property approximately 50 kilometres away that has similar conditions and vegetation types. These heifers are kept on this property for 12 months and returned at an age of 20 months when they will be mated.

In conclusion, the Leopard Ridge Ngunis genetic pool is constantly being improved. We travel across the entire country seeking genetics that could improve our herd. We strive to have a world class Nguni Stud.

Contact

Dale Cunningham
Cell: +27 83 655 5597
Fax: 0866 902 5322
Email: dale@huntec.co.za