An avid breeder and owner of the magnificent Ankole bulls, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s bull walked away with the highest price at the first auction of its kind in the country, held in Ermelo in Mpumalanga. Ramaphosa owns the Ntaba Nyoni herd, one of very few in the country.
The president has shared his love of these animals with various national magazines and has invested a lot of money in ensuring his herd would be top of the range, even using the services of Dr Morné de La Rey, a veterinary surgeon and embryo transfer specialist, to travel to Uganda with him to bring embryos to South Africa. Ramaphosa obtained special permission to import these animals to the country.
Ankole is now a registerd breed and is administered by the Afrikaner Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa. Its meat is naturally low in cholesterol and high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, governed by genes only and cannot be attained through development or feed.
Game farmers buy the bulls for hunting and use the horns as trophies. Hunting bulls sold for between R15 000 and R50 000, depending on the size of their horns.