Econotech Simmentaler on Doornbult, a family farm since 1831
We, the Du Toit family, have raised cattle and sheep since 1831; nearly two centuries of experience in livestock farming under extreme conditions on Doornbult in the Karoo.
Farming started in a rather subsistence manner in the 1830's. By the turn of the 19th century our family bred horses for the Cape market and provided fresh milk to the newly established city of Kimberley. In the 1920's Merino sheep were added and became eventually the main branch of farming. From the late 1960's our Friesland herd were upgraded to Simmentaler. Our present seed stock came, thus, from cattle that had been adapted to the harsh Karoo environment over almost a century. Econotech Simmentaler was registered as a seed stock operation in 1990.
Economic viability within a sustainable natural environment is ingrained into the DNA of Econotech Simmentaler. This means that we aim to use the latest technology and genetics in order to improve our seed stock, but always taking our natural environment into account. Breeding is to us a journey towards even more sustainable profits. We invite our clients, beef farmers, to join us on this journey.
Read more on our journey of genetic progress. As background to our journey you may also read various associated articles, namely Hook on birth weight, UK article on cow weight, Pitchford condition and fertility and Basarab on feed efficiency. More information is also available on the USA Simmental breed, graphs on the genetic progress of our own herd and the composition of economic indexes.