Cape Wildlife Group: First quarter 2019 report back by Johan Meyer
Feature photo (caption): Principle Wildswinkel auctioneer Brandon Leer (second left) with sellers (from L-R): John Firth (Hillcrest Game), Fernando Rueda & JP Hugo (Arc-en-Ciel Stud)
In Hillcrest’s December 2018 newsletter, I presented the reader with a short overview of what was to come in 2019. You can read that report here (click to read). Since then, time has flown.
Now, in April 2019, I feel it only appropriate to present the reader with a short report back on how things have been going during the first quarter of this year. I include some information on how it went with the first major Cape Wildlife Group (CWG) auction which was held a few weeks ago on 16 March 2019.
This year started off with much to do: Planning and preparation for the first CWG auction took up a considerable portion of our available time. We assembled a small team to assist with the planning and preparations: Mieke Smal, Joni Solms, Driescha Miessner, Laetitia Meyer and Lana Coetzee. I wish to thank the ladies for their tireless commitment to making the event such a success.
The CWG auction was attended by more than 500 people. There were 126 registered buyers, of which 90 buyers actually made a purchase. Only 1 lot was not sold. Two notable lots were Lot 24: a 18.5” springbuck ram was sold for R185 000, and Lot 28: a hunting package was sold for R100 000. On behalf of all the sellers, I wish to thank the amazing Wildswinkel team for their superb handling of the auction.
The next CWG auction will be hosted in March 2020 next year. The final date is due to be released to the public soon. In the meanwhile, all members of the Cape Wildlife Group will be preparing for next year’s auction. This involves doing further research on the buyers that were attracted at this past auction, analysing the animals that did well, and considering what to do better next year. We also intend to actively increase the CWG database of subscribers, buyers, sellers and supporters. In preparation for next year’s auction and to accomplish all of our other goals too, we are busy putting committees together for the different tasks.
In short summary, I am happy to announce that the past auction was well organised and well attended. We need to keep in mind that the Western Cape is a young and new market. We will continue to encourage more farmers to become involved in game farming and eco-tourism. This is very much part of the CWG vision.
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Author: Frits Van Oudtshoorn Frits van Oudtshoorn is a rangeland ecologist residing in the Limpopo province of South