“When you touch the wire, you can feel the quality,” says Hezekiel Malesa from Brits. He fenced his 23-hectare farm with Bonnox as part of his long-term farming plan.
“I invest a lot of money in my Boer goats and Kalahari-red herds and the fence should protect my investment for the next twenty years.”
Hezekiel is a part-time farmer and works in the city where he practises as a lawyer. He wants to ensure that his animals are safe, especially when he is not there during the week. He has one full-time employee who takes care of the 89 goats that must be fed, managed and moved between the different camps on the farm.
All his fences are now 1,8-metre game fencing with smaller opertures at the bottom and bigger ones at the top. Not even the kids can break through or lift the fence to crawl underneath it. With normal fencing the goats can push the wires away from each other to climb through. The vertical wire links in a Bonnox fence makes this impossible.
Hezekiel also claims that since they erected the Bonnox fence there has been no trouble with predators such as jackals or lynxes, and it helps to eliminate stock theft as well. He opted for the fully galvanised wire fence from Bonnox to ensure longevity in this region that receives a lot of rain at times. He wanted to make sure that rust will not become a problem.
Initially, he used the posts that he had on the farm, but the fencing team quickly complained that the posts were not strong enough for the fence, so he went back to Bonnox for the correct posts for the job.
He says: “I saw an advertisement and drove to them. They assisted me very well and recommended the correct product to suit my needs.”
He was also very impressed with the fact that he received one roll of fencing for free for every ten rolls that he purchased. Hezekiel says he wished he could find a mentor who could teach him about all the other aspects of farming as thoroughly as Bonnox mentored him on fencing.
“I grew up taking care of my grand father’s indigenous goats near Phalaborwa. That meant that I had to take the goats to the fields and stay there with them while they were grazing. Nowadays goats have to be managed with the right genetics, feeds, and camps where the goats can graze or be fed.”
Hezekiel has already installed an overhead irrigation system in certain camps where he plans to plant feed crops like lucerne or grazing crops, but he is waiting for the local council to approve his plans for a dam to store the water.
“As soon as the dam is approved, I can clean the camps and start planting. But luckily my fences are already in place,” says Hezekiel.
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