About Tiptree Farm
In 1988 we
purchased a farm in the Thornhill area in the Eastern Cape
known as “Crossways”. We established a dairy enterprise
milking registered Holsteins which became well known in the
industry. In 2007 we sold “Crossways” to a property
developer, which resulted in us selling our herd in 2012. In
2011, we purchased the farm “Tiptree” in the Elands River
Valley, which is situated between Uitenhage and Patensie in
the Eastern Cape.
Our intention was
to start a beef and sheep enterprise. The aim with regards
our beef herd, was that we continued what we had strived for
in our dairy herd, that of enhancing profitability by
improving genetics. We firmly believe that 10% of any stock
farming enterprise relies on genetics with 90% relying on
good and efficient management. As the farm consists of
semi-sweet to sour mountainous veldt, we realised we needed
a hardy, functional and preferably indigenous type animal.
We decided on the Tuli as it ticked all the right boxes,
namely excellent fertility, good carcass and confirmation,
polled factor, good temperament, longevity and ability to
thrive in our conditions.
In addition to the
Tulis, we were running an Nguni herd on a hired property. We
have been using Tuli bulls on the Ngunis with great success.
Their progeny are predominantly polled, and have a much
better meat to bone ratio.
experimented with Angus on the Tuli x Nguni Cross and are
extremely happy with the results. In 2013, we decided to
purchase some Black Angus Stud cows, in order to breed bulls
to use on our Commercial Herd. Our goal is to eventually
breed a Tuli x Angus commercial type animal.
Our sheep farming
enterprise consists of Dohne Merinos. We started a stud in
order to breed rams for our own use, and envisage having top
quality rams to sell in the near future. We are passionate
about our stock, and get great satisfaction out of seeing
improvements in our progeny.