The annual Grootfontein Prestige Farmers’ Day was held on Tuesday 23 October at Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, Middelburg EC. The speakers at the event are (From the left): Messrs Pieter Erasmus (Director: OVK, the sponsor of the event), Gerrit Kriel (Chief manager: Trade and Mechanisation, OVK), Guillau du Toit (Vice President: NWGA SA), Gerhard Grobler (President: SAMGA), Charles van der Spuy (Vice Chairman: EC RPO), Weitz Mentz (Middelburg Farmers’ Union), Ernest Pringle (President: Agri Eastern Cape), Tino Herselman (Director: Grootfontein ADI), Prof Johan Kirsten (Head: Department Agricultural Economics, Extension & Rural Development, University of Pretoria) and Rocco de Villiers (Middelburg Farmers’ Union).

Mr Pringle talked about land reform, Prof Kirsten about the Karoo Lamb, while Messrs du Toit, van der Spuy and Grobler reported on their industries. Messrs de Villiers and Herselman welcomed the attendees, Erasmus and Kriel spoke on behalf of the sponsor.