ABOUT US

ABOUT US

THE PLATDRIF SUSSEX STORY

In the shades of the Drakenstein and Waaihoek Mountains in the astonishing Breede River Valley, the Stofberg family farms and breeds cattle between Worcester and Rawsonville. Nollie Stofberg mainly farms with grapes, used for wine production, and soft citrus fruits, for exporting purposes.

The farm, Swartwalle, was purchased in 1969 by Nollie’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 eight years in 1994. Due to limited grounds in the Western Cape, Nollie decided that quality is worth a lot more than quantity.

Female animals were bought from Mardenel, Start and Huntersvlei 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. The Platdrif Sussex genetics flourishes in many parts of South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

ABOUT SUSSEX CATTLE

Sussex cattle are known for their good temperaments, strong prepotency, fertility, early maturity, excellent milk properties and a good coat. Milk production is a strong trait in Sussex as a beef breed.

Sussex cattle work well in a crossbreeding program. Sussex bulls are used for cross breeding purposes on breeds such as Afrikaner, Bonsmara, Boran, Nguni, Senepol and Tuli because weaning weight, conformation and many other traits improve when doing this. Sussex crossbreeding also unlocks hybrid vigour amongst other breeds. Sussex bulls are used to enhance the growth rate, capacity and marketability of calves.

The growth rate and carcass quality are better, and the dark red coat occurs in about 80% of the crossed calves. This increases the demand for Sussex calves at feedlots. Versatility and a remarkable growth rate give a profit to Sussex to lead in both purebred herds as well as crossbreeding programs. While generally interbreeding Sussex bulls to increase profitability and unlock hybrid vigour, the thoroughbred Sussex herds always have many benefits.

POLLED SUSSEX CATTLE

Because of the number of enquiries we have received over the last few years, Platdrif Sussex decided to buy polled Sussex cattle genetics to enlarge the South African gene pool. This decision was measured by the growing demand of the stud as well as the commercial industry.

Polled cattle are more labour-friendly, and it takes the trauma away from dehorning young calves between one and two months of age.
Some of our clients farm in extensive areas of the Kalahari and Namibia and only get to see their herbs once a month. These herds are managed easier by not having to dehorn calves.

To breed polled cattle broadens the international gene immensely and comes with significant advantages. The Sussex breed is known for their temperaments, good milk, adaptability and polled cattle only compliments these features.

Excellent polled bloodlines are already implemented, including the Wellington bloodline, bred by world-famous Goldstone Stud in England, and the Captain bloodline of the equally famous Mayfield Stud in that country. Our polled herd currently consists of five different bloodlines.