KwaZulu-Natal agriculture and rural development on communal livestock farmers
KwaZulu-Natal communal livestock farmers heed government’s call to commercialise their operations.
Communal livestock farmers in the uMkhanyakude District took part in a successful cattle auction run by the Jozini and uMhlabuyalingana Livestock Associations recently. The auction saw 35 of the 95 cattle sold, net a whopping R176,200. The buyers were mainly abattoir livestock brokers from Somkhele, Mtubatuba, Mandeni and Cato Ridge.
This was the second livestock sale to be held at the newly constructed KwaJona sales yard in Jozini, the first was held in March this year when 16 cattle were sold. uMkhanyakude state veterinarian, Dr Lundi Ntantiso, said that with more communal livestock owners getting involved in auctions they are being exposed to the business side of farming.
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