In the beginning…
We commenced with cattle farming during the
early 1980’s. By 1996 we had built up a core
elite Brahman herd consisting of
approximately 100 top breeding cows that were
selected for fertility and mothering ability.
At that time we acquired more land from the late
Mr. Hennie Boshoff, (84 years old at the time)
and who had developed his commercial Brahman
herd along the same lines as we had done. He was
vastly experienced and had a keen eye for a
bull. We were elated when we also got the
opportunity to purchase his “life’s work”, 65
white Brahman heifers, “ready for the bull”.
We wanted to make the best of this rare
opportunity, and resolved to use these heifers
and other selected females as the base herd in
pursuit of our ambition to keep and breed a top
notch Red Brangus herd. We extended the Brahman
herd to approximately 100 white breeding cows,
and acquired 4 Red Angus bulls from the late Mr.
Carel Gagiano, whose quiet demeanor and
self-defacing humor belied his great knowledge
and breeding skills.
The progeny impressed us hugely, and we felt
ready for the next step.
By 2002 we had changed the composition of the
herd from Brahman to base red Brangus. We had
selected primarily for fertility and mothering
ability, and felt ready to embark on the next
stage of the journey, viz the joining of
the fraternity of the Brangus Stud Breeders
Society and the formalizing and realization of
our breeding objectives.
We were fortunate enough to be introduced to the
Society by that ultimate Brangus protagonist and
cattleman, Dries Delport. Thanks Dries!
During the initial years we went to all the
auctions with the aim to find and acquire the
best genetic material available. In this we had
the full support and assistance of fellow
breeders and of dr Paul Lubbout, the breed
director. We concentrated on animals that fitted
our expectations and objectives in breeding
We have found, in the ranks of the Society,
fellowship in the shared mission and vision to
breed excellent cattle, that are fertile,
handsome and a tribute to the Breed.
In the breeding of our Brangus herd we have
utilized all of the available tools of the
We have bought well. Superior Genes are proving
true to their reputation. Ferdie Naude, who has
become a trusted advisor and friend, has given
us “custody” of his champion cow- the 2006 Red
Brangus champion cow. She has become a embryo
donor for us, and her progeny is outstanding.
We have a number of extremely fertile and
“mothering” cows dedicated to our embryo
program, and have utilized the excellent
services of Embryo Plus in this regard.
Artificial insemination is a given and the best
of the best is used. In recent times we have
used “Tank” (TX0213); Rambo (D04818) and
Thickset (V50250). We are extremely pleased with
We subscribe fully to the logo of the Brangus
breeders :- “The future is in the quality of the
Come on over to Brangus. It is indeed the “Bonus
George and Maritza Gibbens
Some of our animals: