Veld condition and supplementary feeding


The most difficult time of the year for all animals is the period right after winter but right before the first rain arrives. The period where the veld looks pale, dry, dusty and in some cases black from being burned. The areas where the animals are likely to hang around becomes like desserts, bare dry ground with plenty of dust. This is also the harshest time for us, as we need to feed more to supplement the shortage of natural grazing in order to keep animals from losing condition due to having to eat lower grade nutrition and to keep the badly affected graze areas from becoming worse. Supplementary feeding is still ongoing until our first rain has fallen. A total of six feeding locations are supplied with food on a daily basis. Each location is spread out to accommodate the variety of species on the estate. All animals are looking good with the additional food during this time when the natural area has little food with good nutrition value available.