ABOUT ZINABOS BONSMARA

The Zinabos herd originated in 1983 from the whole herd of my father Esias Scheepers (ES), that was the 33rd herd in the country, that had originated in 1967 from Afrikaner/Shorthorn cross herd, from which Prof Jan Bonsma selected the first base animals for himself. The management was given over to my brother in 1978 and the prefix changed to EMS. The herd then changed to CEF in 1983.

Prof Jan Bonsma and my father Esias were the founder en initial consultant, after which Dr Herman Venter took over as consultant from 1978 to 1996. He retired due to health reasons. In 1997 I approached Erwin Church to do selection recommendations for breeding, and he has been doing this ever since. These three people have played a very important roll in the forming of this herd and there is not one moment that I regret the roll that each one played in forming and developing the herd and us as management owners. In the Bonsma-period, bulls from the State herd, Ted Birch and Dr LP Badenhorst, were used to form the correct basis. In the Herman Venter-era, this was made more effective through good decisions and use of bulls from the Dr LP Badenhorst ,Tukkies and Tok Erasmus herds. In the Church-era, bulls from the AG, NPT, SAS and LAR herds were brought in. All of the young herd came from using our own proven cows and the herd flourished in fertility, uniformity, prepotency, muscling and adaptablilty.

Fertility and uniformity, is ensured from years of selection against heifers and cows, that are not with young and weaning a good calf, in good time. Prepotency is ensured from the use of good bulls from our own proven cows. Muscling is ensured from selection for growth and good meat characteristics and adaptability from years of selection of all the abovementioned characteristics on the cold sour veld of Fouriesburg, and later Colesberg. There was no single animal that played a significant roll, as bulls are seldom used for longer than 3 years in the herd. Zinabos Bonsmara Mission: To supply adapted fertile meat cattle with good meat characteristics to the commercial cattle herds in Southern Africa, without violating resources (nature, human and capitall) but rather improving it. The herd consists of 550+ adult produsing female animals.

Embrios have been supplied for clients in the USA (Chapman), Brazil and Argentina.