Livestock industry in South Africa: What you should know

As livestock makes up the biggest part of South Africa’s agriculture, finding cattle for sale is a good business choice. Stock breeders focus on livestock that thrives under local conditions. If you want to find livestock for sale, here is more information to get you started.


The South African Livestock Industry

Dairy farming contributes to the South African economy and creates jobs. There are numerous regions which are suited to dairy farming. The Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands as well as the Western Cape are both suitable locations for dairy cows.


Holstein and Jersey cows are both great options if you want to become a dairy farmer. Another reason to find cows for sale is for beef farming. Beef farming makes a large contribution to the local agricultural industry.


South Africa produces the majority of its own meat with only a small amount of meat being imported. The Eastern Cape and Limpopo both have areas that are suitable for beef farming. Hereford cattle and Brahman cattle are both suitable if you want to start beef farming. Angus cattle are another option.


Sheep and goat farming take place in the Free State as well as Mpumalanga. Ermelo is an area which is renowned for its wool production. With a wide variety of game in South Africa, it is the ideal location for game farming.


Different Breeds of Cows for sale

If you are looking for livestock for sale, you will need to know which breed is best suited to your requirements. An important step is to decide what type of farming you want to do. The best dairy cows differ from the best beef cattle.


Bonsmara Cattle

Bonsmara cattle are bred for fertility and milk production. They offer excellent growth and adaptability. Bonsmara is one of the leading breeds for beef in South Africa. These cattle for sale were first bred at a research station in 1937. Following well documented research, the breed was created to offer maximum profit for farmers. The Bonsmara SA society was set up in 1964. The number of registered cattle in this breed exceeds 130 000 in South Africa.


Hereford Cattle

Hereford cattle are best suited to areas which have a temperate climate. They are typically used for beef farming. This breed originates from Herefordshire in England and the breed can be found in more than 50 countries. These cattle breeds originate from the 1600s and the first bulls were brought to South Africa during 1890.


Brahman Cattle

Brahman cattle date back to 1924. The first Brahman cattle were introduced to local farmers in 1954. This breed of cattle for sale has made a major contribution to the local agricultural industry. Their distinctive looks make this breed stand out from other cattle. The breed is well-known for being able to adapt to different environments.


If you are looking for livestock for sale, there are plenty of different breeds to choose from. Make sure that you do enough research before purchasing livestock to ensure that your business is successful. Looking for cows for sale? Browse through Junk Mail’s Livestock Category today! Selling your cattle? Place your FREE AD on

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17 Responses

  1. klaas says:

    I would like to buy goats and I am at jane furse limpopo for breeding especially white ones with rednecks

  2. Victor Bayine Ndozi says:

    hi i want livestock from south africa for sale all types

  3. Lungani says:

    Hi I would like to practise stock farming but i have clue where to start,would you please give an advice.

  4. Poonam Gupta says:

    Thank you for sharing those information about the livestock and i think its great to have a business of selling a cattle it actually earn you huge profit and with the information you have given i think i can come up with some new ideas in my cattle for sale business.

  5. Ronnie says:

    I have about 40 cattle for sale, in Limpopo. Prices rating from R6000 to R8500.

  6. Johannes says:

    Hi I have Boer goats and Dormer sheep for sale
    i have 245 boer goats , 45 males and 200 females, I also have 22 Rams and 75 Ewes and 33 kids
    contact me if you are interested to buy

  7. Claudia says:

    Hi, how do I go about registering a business to sell cattle?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Claudia,

      Thank you for asking.

      Please read the following post by the South African Government on registering a company >

      We wish you the best with your business and hope you make a great success of it.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

  8. Johannes Seale says:

    I want to open a butcher or a meat center but I don’t hv cows, my aim is to hv cows from any one who sell cows for meat

  9. Rev. Dr. James V. Fatuse says:

    I am Rev Dr Fatuse residing in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I am looking for any farmer who can do business with me i.e. who is prepared to enter into an agreement with me that I sell his/her livestock her amongst black people who are doing traditional feasts. Secondly, for myself, I am looking for small boer-bokke that I can grow them, an ox for our feast which will be in the second week of February 2019. Thirdly, am looking for cattles that I can grow them myself for my future livestock farming and bigs, goats, sheeps, chickens for meat & eggs. Contact me at 083 515 3710

    • Jani Grey says:


      We’d like to suggest you get in touch with the farmers and business in your area to discuss this with them. They will also be able to steer you in the right direction when it comes to buying livestock.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team.

  10. Thabiso Montsioa says:

    Hi im realy inspired by my father as he teach me n own a small livestock farming . He start it by him self together with my mother n while mother is gone we live by the small business that they start. I learnd much from young age till now we applied for a farmer but no answers. I wanna start my own farming business so i dnt knw where to start ? Can you assist me

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Thabiso,

      We’d like to suggest you start doing research about what you’ll need to start your business and how much it will cost. You can then get in touch with somebody who can help you put together a business plan. You could then use this plan to approach potential investors or banks to help fund your business.

      Another good option would be to talk to other farmers to find out how they went about getting their business off the ground. Successful farmers will be able to give you good advice on what to do.

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

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