Our aim is to breed functionally effective animals which are fertile, hardy and adapted to extreme conditions
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Visitors are always welcome to view our animals as well as for on-farm sales. Donkerhoek is situated right next to the N12 and N10. Our annual Go West Tuli auction takes place the third week of October on a Thursday at 11h00 at Vleissentraal – Kimberley.
I farm in the Northern Cape, more specifically in the Britstown district, in the heart of the Karoo. With an average rainfall of 225mm per annum, it is a recognized sheep farming area!
The high incidence of stock theft and proliferation of vermin in our area, brought me to the realization in 2008, that if I wanted to have a sustainable future on the family farm, where all my sentiments lie, I would have to add a cattle factor to my farming practice.
The older farmers did not think much of my idea, and in fact, cautioned me against it. The main obstacle according to them, was that the Karoo is not a recognized cattle farming area.
I started my research on which cattle breed could, with the minimum input costs, convert the karoo scrub and grass, most effectively into meat. At the time I was buying Dorper rams from Rikus van der Merwe who also farms in the Britstown district. I discussed my dilemma regarding an envisaged cattle breed with him and he showed me his cattle.
As we were walking among the peaceful herd, Rikus could not stop praising the good traits of the Tuli. No persuasion was needed to convince me that they were perfectly adapted, as it was dry with precious little grass, and the animals were in excellent condition. To crown it all, every cow had a calf at foot! He showed me a Tuli journal and right there I was bitten by the Tuli bug. I started reading and studying photos till late that night.
What I had seen in the veld, regarding the breed, compared well with what I read. The decision was easy and I soon acquired my first Tulis. I have not regretted it once. My veld is now optimally utilized and losses to stock theft and vermin are limited to the minimum.
The characteristics which make the Tulis so exceptional, are mentioned in the ’home page’.
Like Rikus and all other Tuli farmers, I now cannot stop talking about this wonderful breed! Should I have to describe the Tuli in a few words, these would be “It is a readymade boerbees!!!”
Our aim is to breed functionally effective animals which are fertile, hardy and adapted to extreme conditions.
We are proud producers and suppliers of top-quality beef and breeding stock.
WINNER OF THE 2021, STEFAN VAN WYK FLOATING TROPHY FOR THE SA STUD BOOK TULI HERD OF THE YEAR.
DONKERHOEK TULIS, RECEIVED AN ELITE SILVER AWARD FOR THE ELITE CATTLE BREEDER OF THE YEAR, 2020/21
SURVIVOR (HBH160108) BOUGHT FOR R180 000 AT RUSSELL AND ED CLARK’S HBH PRODUCTION SALE, WAS NOMINATED TO REPRESENT THE TULI BREED AT THE 2019 VLEISSENTRAAL/ SA STUD BOOK ELITE BULL GROWTH TEST CLASS COMPETITION AT BLOEMFONTEIN SHOW.
WINNER OF THE 2019, STEFAN VAN WYK FLOATING TROPHY FOR THE SA STUD BOOK TULI HERD OF THE YEAR.
DONKERHOEK TULIS, RECEIVED AN ELITE SILVER AWARD FOR THE ELITE BEEF BREEDER OF THE YEAR, 2017
BUSHWACKER (DKH150263) BRED BY DONKERHOEK, THE FIRST TULI BULL IN THE HISTORY, TO WIN THE 2018 VLEISSENTRAAL/SA STUD BOOK ELITE BULL GROWTH TEST CLASS COMPETITION BETWEEN 17 BEEF BREEDS.
Sire Gallery & Three Generation Pedigree
compiled by the S.A. Stud Book and Animal Improvement Association