PLATDRIF SUSSEX AND HISTORY

The Stofberg family farms and breeds cattle between Worcester and Rawsonville in the shades of the Drakenstein and Waaihoek Mountains in the astonishing Breederivervalley. They mainly farm with grapes used for wine production and soft citrus fruits for exporting purposes. For this farming division, the Stofberg boast with adequate and reliable workers, both male and female.

Swartwalle was purchased in 1969 by Nollie Stofberg’s father and this is where Nollie started farming in 1985. In 1984, Platdrif was purchased near Rawsonville, but due to marginal soil that had little to no potential for trees or vines, Nollie seized the opportunity to pursue his true passion, cattle.

What started as commercial Sussex cattle farming in 1985, turned into a Sussex stud after a mere 8 years in 1994. Due to limited grounds in the Western Cape, Nollie Stofberg decided that quality is worth a lot more than quantity.

Female animals were bought from Mardenel, Start and Huntervlei Stud. Top Sussex bulls were bought from studs such as Eversar, Mampudi, Huntersvlei and Stotterheim. These purchases helped and led Platdrif Sussex on the road to success.

Strict selection is applied for muscling, smooth hair, depth of body and growth.

Platdrif Sussex genetics are offered annually at the National Auction in Bloemfontein (male and female), the Kuruman bull sale and Peet Cilliers Production Sale Upington (male and female). The Platdrif Sussex genetics flourishes in many parts of South Africa and Namibia.