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“When I handle the wire, I can feel it is of good quality,” says Hezekiel Malesa of Brits. He has fenced his 23 hectare farm with a Bonnox fence as part of his long term farming plan.
“I invest big money in the development of my Boerbok and Kalahari Red goat flocks and my farm fence has to protect my investment for the coming twenty years.”
During the week Hezekiel works in the city and is studying to become an attorney. That is why he wants to be sure that his animals are protected, especially at the times when he is not on the farm in person. He does have a full time labourer who assists him, but with 89 goats he has his hands full feeding them and rotating them between camps.
Hezekiel decided on 2,4 metre game fencing with smaller blocks for the lower section and bigger blocks higher up. Not even the hyper-active goat kids will be able to break through and the grown goats will not be able to lift the fence at the bottom and creep under it.
With normal fencing the goats simply force themselves between the strands to get on the other side. The block pattern of the Bonnox fencing makes this impossible.
Hezekiel says since his Bonnox fence is in place, he has had no problems with predators such as Jackal and lynx; what’s more, the high and sturdy fence also helps to keep the two-legged predators on the outside.
The fencing material chosen by Hezekiel is fully galvanised to ensure that it will have a long rust-free life in a part of the country that receives a high rainfall in normal times. He says he preferred to make sure that rust would not be a problem. The same goes for the posts and anchor pipes.
Initially he tried to use redundant posts that he had on the farm but the team of workers who did the fencing soon complained that they could not take the strain of the Bonnox fence. He had no other choice but to visit Bonnox and purchase the correct material.
Hezekiel says: “I saw a Bonnox advertisement and visited their sales centre. The staff went out of their way to help me. They wanted to know the exact purpose of the fence and by asking the right questions, they came up with the best solution and the correct fencing material.”
He was favourably impressed by the fact that he got one free roll of fencing with every ten rolls that he bought. Hezekiel says he would not mind having a mentor that could advise him in the Bonnox way to make everything on his farm run so smoothly.
“As a child I had to mind my grandfather’s indigenous goat herd and accompany them when grazing. That meant that I had to herd the goats to their grazing and then keep continuous watch over them. But times have changed – we cannot stick to the old methods of goat farming. Nowadays everything has to be managed differently with the correct genetics, correct feeding and camps in which the goats can graze or be fed.”
Hezekiel already has an overhead irrigation system in certain camps where he wants to establish lucerne and irrigated grazing but is waiting for approval from the Brits City Council to construct a water storage dam. “As soon as the dam is approved, I can begin to prepare the land for planting. It is a good thing that I already have the fences in place,” says Hezekiel.
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