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Best Practice - Tirisano Livestock Cattle Breeders

Tirisano livestock cattle breeders agricultural cooperative
01 November 2017

Tirisano livestock breeders is a registered primary cooperative. The project was established through an initiative of the then Department of Land Affairs (DLA). The cooperative is located at the Kono farm which is in the south of Kuruman under John Taolo Gaetsewe district municipality. The land was given to the community to farm on as part of the restitution process.

Tirisano cooperative focuses on mixed breed of cattle. The project started in 2008 with ten (10) members and currently have only eight members, which comprises of four (4) women and four (4) men. When the project started in 2008, each member of the cooperative brought in two (2) cows, R200 as a joining fee and a membership contribution or R100 per month. This was to assist the members to kick start the project. The monthly contributions were used for transport and agricultural inputs such as feeds and mineral licks where cattle can go and lick essential mineral nutrients from a deposit of salts and other minerals. The project has an existing infrastructure of 1260 hectares to utilize for its farming activities. The carrying capacity of Kono farm is 12 hectares per livestock unit. By definition, carrying capacity is the number of Large Stock Units that can be accommodated.