We started breeding with Scarce Game in 2011 by acquiring 11 Livingstone Eland from Terry Herholdt in Dwaalboon. In 2014 we decided to expand our wildlife operation by acquiring the White Saddled Blesbuck Ram Impeccable. We also started breeding with Yellow Blesbuck.
Our main selection criteria is horn size, fertility, body size and colour.
White Saddled Blesbok
Characteristics of a White Saddled Blesbuck
- Must be white from his the sides to his legs without any variations in colour.
- There must be no confusion between the Yellow Blesbok and the White Saddled Blesbok.
- They must have a prominent brown on their back and neck.
- They must have have brown stripe on the stomach.
- There must be a brown patch around the tail area.
- The buck must have good pigmentation.
- The horns hooves and eyes cannot be pink.
- The female parts should have a healthy pigmentation.
The difference between the Livingstone Eland and a Cape Eland
- Livingstone Eland come from Zimbabwe and Botswana whereas Cape Eland come from regions of South Africa, mostly in the Bushveld and the Eastern Cape.
- Cape Eland are smaller than the Livingstone Eland and have Smaller horns.
- Cape Eland are greyish in colour whereas the Livingstone Eland can be described as terracotta in colour.
- Livingstone Eland have a very distinctive black mark behind the knee, The Cape Eland mark is far less visible.
- Livingstone Eland tend to have more stripes than the Cape Eland.
- Cape Eland have less pigmentation than the Livingstone Eland.
Cream Springbok are a very rare colour variation and should not be confused with the White Springbok.
- The horns, hooves and nose should be black in colour with no lack of pigmentation
Copper Blesbok are extremely rare, the first animals were born on a farm close to Edenburg in the 1980s.