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Namibia Agriculture Union Weekly News: 30 August 2013

Namibia Agriculture Union: NAU

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In today’s newsletter 
·         Valuation Court postponed until Monday, September 2, 2013 at 10:00
·         FA and other news

Valuation Court postponed until Monday, September 2, 2013 at 10:00
The proceedings of the Valuation Court which should have started today at August 30, 2013 at 10:00 were postponed until Monday, September 2, 2013. The main reason for the postponement is the absence of the Director of Research and Training, Mr Ipinge from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Forestry who, as a member of the Valuation Court, should have been present.

Due to the postponement of the Court proceedings, the presiding official, Magistrate Hengura could not give an indication about the procedure which will be followed during the session of the Valuation Court. She however gave an indication that she will announce the procedures on Monday.

A strong team of legal representatives, comprising of at least 8 Advocates and numerous instructing Attorneys were present during the first failed session of the Valuation Court. The legal representatives clearly expressed their discontent about the postponement of the Valuation Court and also strongly argumented about the cost implication of this postponement. A farmer of Grootfontein who represents himself, in no unclear language expressed his discontent and the cost implications which this postponement of the Court means to him as an individual.

Amos Meercat Schools of AMS
Amos Namibia’s next pre-primary school (Amos Meercat Schools of AMS) training sessions for women and farm workers will be held from November 25 – 29, 2013. Two simultaneous training opportunities are offered – one in Outjo and one in Windhoek. There are still openings at the Windhoek training. If you have a farm workers wife on the farm that is literate and if there are pre-school children on the farm, please consider starting an AMS pre-school on your farm. The trainings fee for the week is N$300/person and this includes three meals per day. AMS supplies all material and stationery which will be needed for the school for the year. The farmer has to supply a room as well as tables and chairs for the learners. If you are interested in this project or want to sent a woman, please urgently contact Judie Wiese, Tel 081 1271018 / 062 570316. Entries close on September 30 or when there are enough entries.

FA and other news
The Meat Master Sheep Breeders are offering a junior course on September 3 & 4 at Signalberg, Grunau. The course starts on September 3 at 09:00 and ends on September 4 at 13:00. The course is offered by the well known South African Meatmaster Stud Breeders Clynton Collett, Danie Visser and Mario du Preez. Please register before August 27 at Jannie de Villiers, Tel 063 262067, 081 3154745,
Summerdown FA is holding a member meeting on September 4 at 14:00 at the FA Hall. Guest speaker is the Minister of Trade & Industry, Mr Calle Schlettwein who will talk about the farmer‘s and the authorities role in the promotion of the country’s economy. For further details contact Sunette Blaauw, Tel 062 561647,
Witvlei FA is hosting a presentation of the 2012 Agricultural Woman of the Year, Mrs Sonja Pack. The presentation will be held on September 4 at the farmer house at Witvlei. The theme is „The living of my strong points as agricultural woman“. The program starts at 08:30 with a breakfast and at 10:00 Judie Wiese is presenting the Meerkat Nursery Schools. At 10:30 the nursery school will be visited. The program is concluded at 11:00 with a lunch at the NamBoer auction pens. To register and for more information contact Monica Bouwer, Tel 062 570317, or Sonja Pack, Tel 062 570340,
A Jnr and Snr Persian course is offered on September 4 & 5 at the Aranos FA hall, Aranos. The course is offered by Mr Bertie van Zyl and the costs are N$300 per person. For further details contact Johan van Zyl, Tel 063 250247 or Carina Vermeulen, Tel 061 262994 (morning only),
Kaiserstreet FA is hosting its annual Old Mutual / Kaiserstreet FA bowling day on September 6 at 11:00 at the Windhoek Bowling Club. Costs for a team of 4 players are N$600 which includes a Steak braai which is held after prize giving. Guests are welcome and have to pay N$150 entrance fee. Please register before June 28 with Lukas Kotze, or Gerda van der Westhuizen,
Leonardville FA is hosting a farmers’ day on September 7 at the FA hall at Leonardville. Guest speakers are Mr Derek Wright, the president of the NAU and Dr Tolmay of Veterinary Services. Various stands, target shooting and children entertainment is offered. Rugby fans will be able to watch Rugby on big screens. For further details contact Gustav Holz, Tel 063 273336 or Ellen Burger, Tel 062 581010,
The Stampriet Show will take place from September 9 – 13 at the Artesiasaal and the Elnatan Rugby Field. As is usual the following events will be held: Dorper championships, a cattle auction, children entertainment and clay pigeon shooting and for the first time this year there will also be a wine tasting and buying from the South African winemakers top exporters. People who are interested in a stand can contact Dina Kotze at Tel 081 1275524 and more details about the auctions can be obtained from Gert van Wyk, Tel 081 1223315.
The Kunene Regional Show will be held on September 14 at Sophienhof. The day starts at 07:00 with a “Dance until you drop”, at 08:30 a small stock show and inter-breed championships will be held, at 10:00 water fun und a “volleyball” tournament will be held and the day concludes at 20:00 with a dinner and dance. Persons who want to enter the cattle can contact Frans Jordaan at Tel 081 12914343, small stock entries can be done at Poenie Weakly, Tel 081 2627958 and to book any stalls contact Hannelie Marais, Tel 081 2466253 or Janine Miljo, Tel 081 1272621. 
Uhlenhorst FA is holding a member meeting on September 21 at 15:00 at the FA hall. For further details contact Mr Hoekus van Niekerk, Tel 063 265336,
The SWAKARA Breeders Association is holding its Annual General Meeting on September 23 at the Canyon Hotel, Keetmanshoop. The meeting of the SWAKARA Industry Forum will be held on September 24 at the Canyon Hotel, Keetmanshoop and the SWAKARA Awards Ceremony will take place on September 24 at 18:00 for 18:30 at the Maritz Lodge, Keetmanshoop. Entry fee for this Ceremony is N$150 per person and please register with Jenny Korner, Tel 061 237750, Fax 061 231990,
The 2013 Amos prayer conference will be held from September 27 – 29 at the Rock Lodge, Okahandja. The theme is “What has sanctification to do with my farm?” Speaker is Mr Gideon Jacobs of the Kasizabantu Mission Station in Virginia, Free State. Farmers can take up to two farm workers along as there is a similar conference with the same theme for them. There is a limited number of accommodation and day visitors are also welcome. For further details contact Suna Brisley, Tel 061 253182, 081 1488993,
SWAKARA is offering the following training at Gellap Ost from October 1 – 3, 2013. The following courses are offered: beginner (slaughtering and splinting of Swakara pelts as well as basic information about the Swakara industry); standard and advanced (lasts until October 4); a wide aspect of other information, eg management of Swakara herds (ram purchases), sorting of pelts, rangeland management, market information (Swakara) as well as upgrading of other breeds for pelts production will be discussed during this week. Producers (can also bring workers) / potential producers must please register before September 23, 2013 with Johan Hartung, Tel 0812010679/ 063-223268/


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