• Boesmanspan

    Category farm
    Province Northern Cape
    District Pixley Ka Seme/Emthanjeni
    Closest town De Aar
    Size 2600 Ha
    Company Van Aswegen Plaas Trust
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    About Boesmanspan

    Niekie van Aswegen’s parents were farmers in the Dealesville district and ever since then he wanted to become a farmer. Unfortunately Niekie didn’t have the necessary funds to buy a farm; as a result he became a doctor and was later able to buy his own farm. He currently owns, Allemansvlei, Boesmanspan and Valspan. The old farm house was built with clay bricks and stones from the river. The storage building on the farm has a typical rounded roof which, in the olden days, was a traditional building style. The farm is now a safe haven for Niekie and his family.

     

    Together they are working hard to improve the farm and restore the field and environment, they manage a strict rotational grazing system to prevent over grazing and invasive plants are removed immediately. According to Niekie a Karoo farmer should keep in mind that, due to the availability of pasture in the different seasons, soft camps can only be grazed in winter and hard camps in summer. (Hard and soft camps are classified by the plant growth and the location on the farm).

    Other improvements on the farm included the construction of new fences and the drilling of six new boreholes to provide water to the animals. In doing this the field are utilized better. The farm has electrified border fences totalling to 64km's to prevent the intrusion of predators. Due to the improvements and conservation of the land entrusted to them they are able to run a successful farming business.

     

    On the 23rd of August 1811, WJ Burchell travelled, in search of water for his sheep and cattle, through the farm Kuikamspoort when he saw the first water point called Boesmanspan. He spotted a small plant (“beeskloutjie” or ox hoof) at the end of the pan that looked like a cattle hoof print. Research was done and a book was written by Desmond T Cole and Naureen Y Cole on the “beeskloutjie”, unfortunately the plant has not been noticed recently. The pan is the largest in the Redlands area which makes the farm a water rich setting. In the olden days the pan would fill up during the rainy season providing enough water for farmers to grow maize in the area.