Waterfall Feedlot is a 6,000 head feedlot with back-grounding operations. Waterfall is a modern feedlot with various contracted back-grounding farms across the Eastern Cape.
During their feeding period at Waterfall, cattle are handled to minimise stress. Shade facilities have been erected across all pens to alleviate heat stress in summer periods. A regular pen-cleaning program is utilised to ensure that cattle have free access in pens and can move about without restriction. Pens have been designed to prevent bruising to cattle and to allow ready access to feed and water.
Delville is a 6,000 head feedlot with back-grounding operations. Through experimentation, trial and error, changing technologies and market conditions, Delville has established itself at the frontier of our research programs.
Total management control from sire, cow, livestock husbandry practices and supplemented ration control has developed the DF breeding program to be a yet simple but sophisticated production system targeting overseas customer demands. All calves are JAS accredited having whole of life management records.
Ingwenya Ranch Estates
Ingwenya Ranch Estates has established improved pastures to enable the 6,000 ha property to breed from 2,000 head Bonsmara cows. Being a terminal cow herd, replacement heifers are supplied from herds across the country. Early weaned calves are introduced to a back-grounding facility and then a controlled grower feedlot ration targeting turnoff weights at 7-9 months of age for a feedlot finisher program. All weaners are JAS compliant having whole of life traceability.
Plumbhil is a 3,000 head beef back-grounding operation. The light weaners are a combination of Brangus and Bonsmara breeds, and purchased from contract breeders who supply the farm with good quality cattle. The facility is on all year round, all-in, all-out lot feeding cycle, preparing grain fed weaners for the feedlot industry.
Khaya Ranch is a beef back-grounding operation comprsising 6 farms. The farms carry 4,000 light weaners which are supplied with light rations until they are ready for transfer to the feedlot for finishing. The farms have excellent horticultural and pastoral diversity from its temperate inland climate and alluvial soils. The farm supports a large livestock selling facility attracting various feedlot weaner buyers and competitive market conditions.
Purchased in 2002 as a back-grounding farm, the farm has been sown down to improved perennial summer pastures. A spring cash cropping program complements the on-going pasture improvement program and provides enterprise and management diversity. Background weaners are sourced from within the group or purchased from our strategic partners, targeting the long fed segment of the feedlot market.
Berlin Biogas Plant
Biogas technology is a manure management tool that promotes the recovery and use of biogas as energy by adapting manure management practices to collect biogas. The biogas will be used as a fuel source to generate electricity for on-farm use, for sale to the electrical grid, and for heating needs.
Animal manure contains a biogas, this biogas is composed of 55-65% methane (CH4), 30-35% carbon dioxide (CO2), with some hydrogen (H), phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), and other traces. Methane will be harvested using anaerobic decomposition. The methane biomass residue will then be converted to electric power, while the remaining slurry will be used as an organic fertilizer. The plant is a renewable energy initiative that will reduce greenhouse emissions to preserve the environment. The biogas will first be enriched then used to fire a Captone Microturbine to generate electricity and thermal heat for our operational use.