Lee Vergottini of Blandsdrift Gamebreeders is the owner of the Blandsdrift farm situated 40 km west of Mossel Bay, on the banks of the Gourits River in the Southern Cape.
The Vergottinis bought the farm in 2007 and transformed the place over the next few years into a fully operating game farm. Infrastructure and several species of plains game were established. In 2014 it was decided to start breeding with Sable Antelope, and, after much research, breeding camps and bomas were built. During June 2014 the first top-quality sable cows were introduced on the farm. Top-quality Sable bulls were purchased from various leading breeders. We gathered all the information at our disposal, expert advice and the best management plans are followed to ensure success.
We do our own microscopic analysis to control internal parasites, we also follow a well-planned roster to apply tick control. We farm according to a camp rotation system, and rotation takes place on a 6-monthly basis where the resting camp then gets thoroughly bush cut and cleaned to ensure that no parasites survive. A nutritionist regularly visits the herds to offer expert advice and recommend the necessary supplements needed. We use a sophisticated computerised database where all information for each animal is recorded.
Our main goal at Blandsdrift Game Breeders is to breed top genetics and the best quality game to the industry. Blandsdrift has various different game species that are being bred with, among others, a pure Bontebok breeding group and a Damara springbuck group.