The Arc-en-Ciel Brahman auction took place on Wednesday, 24 October, on the farm Driefontein (137 Driefontein) between Evander and Secunda.
The Bulletin visited the farm a few days before and was surprised by the operations that were here on our doorstep. A video can be watched on our Facebook page.
The Brahman cattle of the Arc-en-Ciel stud are all free of any illnesses and are highly prized.
Excitement was in the air as preparations were finalised for the auction and true to the way that the operations are run on the farm, attention was given to every small detail.
On the day of the auction, everybody’s nerves were gone as the auction time drew closer. The auctioneers from Vleissentraal took their places and the auction tent filled up with potential buyers and friends.
The first production auction is always the most difficult and this proved to be no different. Buyers were slow to put in their bids and prices struggled to reach the right amounts.
The cattle on display were of outstanding quality with bloodlines that can be traced back several generations. 63 cows were pregnant just before the auction but that changed as two cows calved just before the auction.
The auction was conducted very well and efficient. Cattle entered the show kraal through one gate and were paraded before the buyers. Once the sale was done another gate would open and the cows would leave back to their respective pens.
It was always very exciting to see the big bulls come into the arena. They would walk in with their big bodies and thick necks before scratching the floor.
One incident was particularly funny, although not for the recipients thereof, when one of the bulls turned his rear towards the buyers, coughed and sprayed a few people with his stomach contents. Dung flew everywhere!
Once the auction finished, lunch was served to all those who attended.
The next auction would be one that no one should miss as the Arc-en-Ciel brand is there to stay and will grow into one of the most sought-after brands in the country.