About Frontier Bonsmaras

Frontier Bonsmaras was founded in 2006 after the closure of the East Cape Club sale. Five like-minded breeders from tick infested areas of the Eastern Cape combined to provide bulls to this region from one central point. Paul Hobson was instrumental in setting up the sale venue in Grahamstown, and Hobson and Co conduct the sale each year. 13 Successful sales have been held averaging between R19000 and R48000 for bulls. 55-60 bulls and 200 commercial females are sold each year.

In Glynn Handley and Peter Knott Frontier Bonsmaras boast two of the oldest breeders in the country. Their knowledge of the breed has been invaluable to the younger members of the group. Glynn passed away in November 2013 and his friendship and stockmanship will be sorely missed.

Frontier Bonsmaras Team

Frontier Bonsmaras are committed to breeding superior adapted animals for the commercial and stud breeder. Our aim is to breed thick, medium framed fertile cattle which are well-adapted to the harsh disease challenges of the Eastern Cape. Frontier bulls should thus, thrive in any part of the country. We all practice AI and make use of the best available genetics to continuously improve our herds. The combined number of females exceeds 700 and provides breeders with a wide pool of genetics on one annual sale.

Frontier bulls and females can be found locally, in the Karoo, the extreme cold of the North Eastern Cape sourveld, as far afield as the Free State and the stifling heat of the Lowveld. They have adapted well and left an affordable footprint throughout our country.

Our annual auction will be on the 21st of August 2019 at the Grahamstown auction yard. Should anyone require accommodation the night before or after the sale please contact Justin Stirk on 0826625901 and I will gladly organize for you.

Meet The Breeders

GL Handley & Sons

GL Handley & Sons

GL Handley & Sons

Goodwoods Bonsmaras

Goodwoods Bonsmaras

Goodwoods Bonsmaras

Van Kerken Bonsmaras

Van Kerken Bonsmaras

Van Kerken Bonsmaras

Winter Castles Bonsmaras

Winter Castles Bonsmaras

Winter Castles Bonsmaras

Frequently Asked Questions

Why buy a Frontier Bonsmara Bull?

Frontier Bonsmaras are committed to breeding superior adapted animals for the commercial and stud breeder. Our aim is to breed thick, medium framed fertile cattle which are well-adapted to the harsh disease challenges of the Eastern Cape. Frontier bulls should thus, thrive in any part of the country. We all practice AI and make use of the best available genetics to continuously improve our herds. The combined number of females exceeds 700 and provides breeders with a wide pool of genetics on one annual sale.

Do Frontier bulls come from Heartwater/Redwater veld?

All bulls run on virulent heartwater, redwater & gall sickness veld. It would be advisable to check them once your bull has been delivered to your farm. Stress is a big factor when moving cattle and it might affect their resistance.

What if I pick up a functional/breeding problem with my Frontier bull down the line?

The Frontier group has set very high standards and stand by their product. They will address any problems should one occur and replace your bull within reason.

Are bulls tested for any diseases?

All Frontier bulls are tested for Vibrio and trichomoniasis (Trich) and will have a Vet Certificate for each bull on the day of the sale.

All Frontier Females are tested for CA, TB and are pregnancy tested by a Vet. Certificates will be available to all buyers on the day of the sale.

What age are bulls when they are sold on the sale?

Most of the bulls sold are between the ages of 2- 2 1/2 years of age. There are a few herd sires/mature bull being sold at the sale. Their ages will be displayed in the catalogue on the day of the sale.

When can I start breeding with my newly purchased bull?

All bulls can be used immediately and are ready to add value to your herd.

How do I get my bull from the sale to my farm?

All Bulls are delivered free of charge to your farm within the borders of South Africa!

All Females can be arranged to be delivered to you at your cost unless otherwise specified. 

Is my bull insured?

No- your bull is not insured by the breeder and you will have to provide your own insurance cover for him. Insurance should be covered in transit by the transport company! Insurance brokers will be available on the day of the sale should you wish to take out cover for your bull on your farm

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