WORLDS APART: Clifton’s Wendy Ferguson caught up with South African cattleman turned Canadian doctor Bertus Badenhorst.
WORLDS APART: Clifton’s Wendy Ferguson caught up with South African cattleman turned Canadian doctor Bertus Badenhorst. Toni Somes

Namibia is a world away from Clifton

BERTUS Badenhorst is a doctor in Canada, a cattleman in South Africa and last week he was a visitor to Clifton as part of the World Congress of Santa Gertrudis breeders.

He was one of a group of about 20 national and international beef producers travelling Queensland after the Ekka as part of an informal study tour.

The Bush Telegraph caught up with the well-travelled physician during a lunchtime stopover at the Ferguson family's Glenn Oak stud, north of Clifton.

While he was impressed by the calibre of our cattle, the sharpest difference for Mr Badenhorst between here and his home country, South Africa, was the rural workforce.

"It is very different, we are used to and reliant on more labour," he explained.

"Here there is very little, just a couple of helpers."

Based in Calgary, Mr Badenhurst regularly travels to oversee action on his 13,000ac cattle property in Namibia.

"I run 600 head, so it is small, with some stud and commercial cattle," he said.

"I have five people working for me full-time and others, come in when we need them."

He said the Queensland tour had offered an invaluable insight into the Australian beef industry.

Queensland cattle breeder Louise Bassingthwaite, who helped co-ordinate the 2012 World Congress Santa Gertrudis tour, said similar events were held internationally every three years.

"The next tour will be in South America. It's a good way to really see a country," she said.

For Wendy, Scott and Margaret Ferguson, who played host on Friday it was an ideal opportunity to showcase Australia's most successful Santa Gertrudis bloodlines.

"I'd like to think everybody gets something valuable from the experience," Mr Ferguson said.



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