'There is no substitute for breeding quality'

Freddie Oosterhuis
Gamevest breeds rare, high-value game including:

 

We buy only the best possible genetic material in breeding bulls for addition to our herds, and manage our stud breeding scientifically.

This entails close observation and early detection of illnesses or loss of condition in animals, separation of such animals from the herd into nanny camps, and immediate treatment by a dedicated veterinary surgeon or our in-house game manager.

This management philosophy, coupled with a scientific feeding regime, helps animals to improve recovery time, and gets them back into the breeding pool faster, with minimal loss of condition. As a result, our breeding herds typically display a higher reproductive rate and shorter periods between pregnancies.

All animals are tagged & chipped for identification. Whenever we sedate animals, we collect blood, skin and hair samples for addition to our DNA database. This allows us to keep a comprehensive genetic record for each animal.

Breeding Purity

Striving for only the best available genetic material is the basis of Gamevest’s success, as is evident from some of the extraordinary prices our stud animals achieved.

Through careful selection based on DNA records we improve bloodline purity, and in the process we counter destructive interbreeding. To attain this purity, the Gamevest approach is entirely scientific: all acquired animals must be traceable via ancestry records dating back at least two generations. This means collecting, maintaining and storing an entire DNA record for each animal. These records, which include skin and blood samples and animal measurements, are collected during darting and relocation operations. All animals are microchipped and tagged and these medical records are kept for easy and clear reference now and in the future.

Selection has also helped us to produce animals with exceptionally high resistance to the diseases that are common in parts of the Bushveld. Gaining resistance to these diseases makes it possible to comfortably relocate these prized animals to virtually anywhere in the country, with little risk of non-adaptation.