Auction goers catch Ramaphosa’s bull for R640 000

Auction goers catch Ramaphosa's bull for R640 000
Cyril Ramaphosa at an auction in Rustenberg. PICTURE BY Gallo/Simphiwe Nkwali


The auction was at his farm outside Badplaas.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has sold a very scarce bull for R640 000.

The auction, which was held at his farm outside Badplaas called Ntaba Nyoni Estate, was attended by hundreds of farmers and one of them snapped the Ankole bull at R640 000.

Experts say the Ankole crossbreed is the first of its kind in South Africa.

Auction goers catch Ramaphosa's bull for R640 000
The Ankole bull that sold for over half a million rands. PICTURE BY Farmer’s Weekly

This type of a bull, which got its embryos from Uganda, was the highest-priced bull at the auction.

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Experts say its meat is naturally low in cholesterol and high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and its long horns are used to produce trophies.

Ramaphosa said when he visited Uganda a year ago he saw the bull but when he contacted the department of agriculture in South Africa about getting it they refused, saying animal doctors in Uganda could not guarantee the Ugandan animals were healthy.

Then an animal doctor in South Africa went with Ramaphosa to Uganda to fetch the animal’s embryos.

(edited by MLM)

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