By Lusito Tsela | 2017-12-10
The El Nino Agriculture and Food Security Recovery Project implemented by World Vision conducted a cattle auction on November 29 at Sithobela Sale Yard and generated a total of E71 620 for the local farmers.
Both cattle farmers and buyers converged at the USAID/OFDA funded cattle auction sale yard for the livestock auction sale.
The auction attracted a number of local sellers despite the current outbreak of the lumpy skin disease affecting cattle in the area.
Lumpy Skin Disease is a viral disease for cattle that is spread by biting insects and characterised nodular skin lesions on the animal’s body.
The disease led to the suspension of activities in some dip tanks under the affected areas and triggered a mass vaccination exercise.
Animals undergoing this exercise were not part of the auction sale as they were under quarantine.
Only farmers from unaffected areas were able to take part in the auction.
A total of 11 cattle were sold at the auction, raising E62 550. The cheapest cow went under the hammer for E3 000 whilst the most expensive was sold to a bidder for a whooping E13 500.
Buyers showed lesser interest in goats as only five were sold out of 18 that were available for auction. The goats ranged from E1 000 to E3 500.
Farmers also brought indigenous chickens to be auctioned.
Only four out of 11 of these drew the interest of bidders and they were sold. Interestingly, the cheapest chicken went for E70 whilst the most expensive was sold at E700.
Both Buyers and sellers reported that they were happy with the auction sale.
However, the lumpy skin disease outbreak has evidently impacted on the number of animals that both sellers and buyers would have loved to see at the auction.
According to farmers’ representative, Bhodlabhodla Mamba, the suspension on cattle movement from affected dip tank areas would be lifted today and another auction is proposed on the December 19.
The event was attended by many buyers including well known businessmen Peter Pieterse of Hlatikulu.
Peterson walked away unchallenged with the biggest goat of them all that was sold at a whooping E3 500.
All cattle was sold, with the cheapest at E3 000 and the most expensive at E13 500.
The well-known farmer, Sikhosana from Siphofaneni walked away with the biggest cow of them all at E13 500.
Highly desired chicken brands such as the Malay Game were also presented and sold at E700. This showed the zeal of the farmers and their need of a market to display and sell their livestock.
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