• Poortjie wes

    Category farm
    Province Western Cape
    District Central Karoo
    Closest town Murraysburg
    Size 12000 Ha
    Company Tawse CC
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    About Poortjie wes

    In the old days people wanted to form a town on Poortjiewes, they have expanded plots for churches and there were also a post office and a shop on the farm. There were ground tennis courts where many people played tennis. The Buffalo River runs past the farm and is suitable for irrigation.

    Peter is the third generation on the farm. Karoo Lamb produced on the farm is raised using free range farming principles which guarantees that it is free from growth hormones and antibiotics; this makes Peter’s Karoo lamb and organic product. The reproduction is good and the losses are down from 30% to 3%. Merino has a dual purpose for its wool and meat and Peter usually delivers B-length in seven months’ time. Peter won the 1st flock competition on Murraysburg. There’s a variety of shrubs in the Karoo veld; there is a wetland and field edges and therefore it provides good grazing for animals. The flavour of Karoo lamb is influenced by the Karoo bush and it has a unique and satisfying taste.  There is strong underground water veins running through the farm and so the plants have enough resources to grow and prosper.

     

    He has 100% fertility per year. The camps are electrified and it keeps the animals safe and predators out. He prevents soil erosion by building ground walls and that increases the field carrying capacity.

     

    The farm is Peter’s and his family’s lifestyle.  It’s his business and he works to improve the farm. He looks after his employers and environment. A humble farmer produces good quality and well looked after Karoo lamb.

     

    Photos were taken by his children Peter and Taryn.