The Farm

The Farm

LOCALITY OF THE PROPERTYlocation-a

The macro location is seen as above average in an area where sustainability is stable in terms of farming and irrigation. The micro location is good in a good sustainable precinct.

The subject property can furthermore be regarded as accessible and can easily be reached by following the C20 (a “C” graded tarred road) for ±40km from Mariental, direction Stampiet. Turn left on the M41 gravel road for approximately 12km to find the entrance gate of the subject property on the right.

Soil Type

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The soil type predominantly consists of Calcisols and Arenosols.

Arenosols, which is formed from wind-blown sand and usually extend to a depth of 1 meter. Sand makes up more than 70% of the ground. The sandy texture allows water to drain through the soil rapidly leaving very little water at depths to which the roots of most plants can reach and therefore few nutrients are retained. The loose structure of sand means there is little run-off and water erosion, although it makes the soils susceptible to wind erosion.

A Calcisol is a soil with a substantial secondary accumulation of lime. Calcisols are common in calcareous parent materials and widespread in arid and semi-arid environments. Formerly Calcisols were internationally known as Desert soils and Takyrs. Calcisols are developed in mostly alluvial, colluvial and Aeolian deposits of base-rich weathering material. They are found on level to hilly land in arid and semi-arid regions. The natural vegetation is sparse and dominated by xerophytic shrubs and trees and/or ephemeral grasses.

Vegetation

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According to the Giess Vegetation map, the subject property falls within the semi desert & savannah area. The vegetation is well suited for cattle, game and small stock farming, which can be regarded as a good mixture (for the area) with an even spread of the following:

  • “Blinkhaar” grass (Sitpagrotis Uniplumis)
  • “Long-legged Bushman” grass (Stipagrotis Ciliata)
  •  “Short-legged Bushman” grass (Stipagrotis Brevifolia)
  • “Swarthaak” bush (Acascia Mellifera)
  •  “Rosyntjie” bush (Grewia Flava)
  •  “Ghabba” bush (Cataphractes Alexandria)
  • “Trossie” bush (Acascia Hebeclada)
  •  “Kudu” bush (Cembretum Apiculatum)
  • “Witgat” bush/tree (Boscia Albitrunca)
  •  “Drie-doring” bush (Rhigozum Trichotomum)
  • Camel thorn trees (Acacia Erioloba)
  • “Soetdoring” Bush Trees (Acacia Karroo)

The above is just some of the large variety of vegetation present on the subject property. Almost all the vegetation is edible and can be regarded as good fatteners.
The official grazing capacity is 1:3 per SSU and is farmed accordingly.

Climate and Rainfall

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The prevailing climate of this area is semi-arid, with hot summers and cool to warm winters. The subject property is situated in a summer rainfall area, with approximately 98% of its rainfall between October and April. The average rainfall is approximately 250-250mm per annum. Temperature during summer ranges between 22 and 45 degrees centigrade. The dry season is from May to September and winter temperature ranges between 2 – 28 degrees centigrade.

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