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WATCH: Bonsmara bull sells for R2.1m at auction in North West

The Bonsmara bull that was sold at auction in the North West for R2.1 million. Image: Screenshot/Thabo Dithakgwe

The Bonsmara bull that was sold at auction in the North West for R2.1 million. Image: Screenshot/Thabo Dithakgwe

Published Jun 1, 2022

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Durban - An African Bonsmara bull sold for R2.1 million at an auction recently in the cattle-farming town of Stella in the North West.

A video posted online by Thabo Dithakgwe shows the densely muscular bull prancing about the hay inside a cage while the auctioneer rattles away on the mic.

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Within the space of 120 seconds, the price jumped from R800 000 to R2.1 million.

In the video, the monstrous bull appears thicker than other popular breeds of cattle.

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The Bonsmara bull is native to Africa and is bred and strictly selected for economical production, according to Cattlesite.com.

It has a darkish red pigment and is known for having high-quality beef.

“The Bonsmara has become so popular that it has grown to be numerically the strongest beef breed in South Africa in less than 25 years,” Cattlesite.com said.

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In 2018, Farmer’s Weekly reported that a Bonsmara bull had sold for R1.8 million during the 20th annual production sale of Up George Bonsmaras held near Wasbank in KwaZulu-Natal.

Derek Ralfe of Up George Bonsmaras reportedly sold the animal to a consortium of seven breeders.

The bull is a mix between British and Afrikaner beef breeds and was the brainchild of Professor Jan Bonsma, while Mara was the farm that the species was first bred on, hence its name.

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Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly auctioned off an Ankole cow for R2.1 million.

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