SAAI LAMB CHAMPS 2022

Published On: 19 May 2022By Categories: Latest News, News & Events

WRSA supporting our agricultural partners

02 April 2022 – WRSA proudly supported our agricultural partners, SAAI, as they hosted the Lamb Champs 2022 where 50 family farmers from all over South Africa had the opportunity to put the best South African lamb on a traditional spit to compete for the honour of Lamb Champ 2022. The fun-filled event was hosted by SAAI and Buffelsfontein Brandewyn at the Harlequins Rugby Club in Pretoria.

SAAI is a young organisation positioned to create a network of family farmers who has become known for their creative projects to support and promote various agricultural businesses. The Lamb Champs 2022 aimed to reinforce the role sheep farming plays in ensuring food security in the country.

“Barbeque meat does not come from supermarkets. Behind the shelves lies a world of logistics, processing, packaging, and ultimately a farm where a rural family with experience spanning generations which raised their herds with great care to offer the best chops for your coals,” said Dr Theo de Jager, chairperson of SAAI, during the event.

The 2,000 festival goers, along with ten food and meat experts judging the entries, were all invited to taste each of the 50 spit-braaied lambs. Nathan Naudé of Nitique Farms was crowned the family farmer producing the most delicious and juicy lamb in the country, and with that taking home the R50,000 prize money and the bronze trophy. Naudé farms with Merino-sheep in Kriegerspoort in the Northern Cape.

Second place went to Gawie van Heerden of Consortium Merino in Dombietersfontein also in the Northern Cape, and third place to Hennie Jonker from Kroonstad in the Free State.

“What made this event special is that we could introduce the consumers to the farmers behind the supermarket shelves. The farmers really put in a lot of effort and lambs from all over, including Carnarvon, Rietbron, Steynsrus, the Moordenaarskaroo, Utrecht and Groblersdal, were entered., including Carnarvon, Rietbron, Steynsrus, the Moordenaarskaroo, Utrecht and Groblersdal,” said Francois Rossouw, Chief Executive Officer of SAAI.

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