About Slagboom Ngunis
Slagboom (95km from Port Elizabeth) is a small valley situated at the southern foothills of the Zuurberg mountains. It forms one of the boundary sections of the Addo Elephant Park.
Due to predator problems, our Ngunis eventually replaced Angora and Boerbok. We started developing our herd during 1987 with pregnant heifers acquired from Victor Biggs which were in calf by the well-known Makatini Bull Z14.
We also obtained breeding stock in the early 1990s from the Makatini Flats, Morgan, the Dohne Agrcultural Institute and Fort Hare University which were bred from the Ted Reilley bull, Mkaya Triple S85-207.
We experienced problems in obtaining excellent bulls during that time. We then used an A1-bull from Taurus, bred by Mrs. Yvonne du Preez, which was used on the best adapted cows. A son of this bull was used as our herd-sire between 1989 and 2002 with excellent results.
We are consistently selecting for temperament, hardiness and efficiency to adapt to the environment, resulting in our cattle being small- to medium- framed.
Our veld conditions are valley bushveld and thickets with foresty kloofs where they browse on e.g. Nieshout, Olienhout, Taaibos, Kamdebo, Kiepersol (called “Umsenge” in isiXhosa) etc. Our area is well-known for tick-borne diseases, however our cattle are dipped selectively when needed.
At Slagboom our cattle form an integral part of our daily living and we are extremely proud to be part of the Umsenge Nguni Family.
Feel free to contact us for self-catering accommodation or camping when visiting our herd or the Elephant Park.
Thurston Whittle (Boetie)
Cell: 084 803 7738
Tel: 042 233 0578