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•••• NEW S Free State Youn Farmer for 2017 > CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 brother Francois offers veterinary services. Johan does everything the easy way: “I do everything the chemical way - I don’t hoe, I don’t plough. I kill chemically, rip and then plant. The easier the better.” He says that they do extensive cultivar and fertiliser tests to make sure that they use the right pro­ ducts. SENWES He delivers almost all his grain at the Senwes Welgeleë silo, which is a short distance from the farm. He has a good relationship with silo manager Piet Nel. A small portion of the grain is marketed by Senwes’ Jaco Maree. Johan has a lot of respect for his spares manager at Welkom, Neil Basson - “he thinks ahead and orders in advance for me. If I order before 10:00, I receive the spares the next morning.” He never tires of talking about Wesselsbron tractor technician, Myburgh de Bruyn - “He really is very good.” He gets on well with the Welkom branch manager, JD du Plessis, and relationship manager Estelle Hattingh, where he buys all his seed and most of his fer­ tiliser. Johan has five John Deere tractors, as well as a sprayer and a harvester. MODELLE EN JACK RUSSELS This article would not be com­ plete without mentioning Johan and his father’s John Deere model collection of approximately 2 500 models. Senwes CEO, Francois Strydom, has visited this collec­ tion. There are Jack Russels every­ where on the farm. Mia drives with him everywhere he goes, Belly jogs with Juanita and don’t 10 A John Deere farm! Johan van Huyssteen’s John Deere harvester. He has also five John Deere tractors, as well as a John Deere sprayer. forget about Rusty, Cindy, Vlekkie and Ore. Johan would like to thank his wife, Juanita, and his parents Johan and Elize for their support, as well as his brother, Francois, for his contributions. He would also like to thank Senwes: “Senwes is a good and honest company - one does not have to worry about doing business with them.” Last but not least, with­ out his nine labourers, Elias Tlhapi, Makola Theletsane, Lawrence Makhabani, Moeketsi Kholoanyane, Isaac Ntsodo, James Thibile, Motseko Mphongoa, Ezekile Kgoloanyane and Thys Liphalane, he would not have been able to win the title. Faithful personnel! The people that work on the farm are Elias Tlhapi, Makola Theletsane, Lawrence Makhabani, Moeketsi Kholoanyane, Isaac Ntsodo, James Thibile, Motseko Mphongoa, Ezekile Kgoloanyane and Thys Liphalane. The Young Farmer in the Global Market This was the theme of the Free State Agriculture Young Farmer Conference held on 6 April in Bloemfontein. Dr Dirk Strydom was the keynote speaker and his words were “Globalisation is one of the aspects which will become increasingly important, policies will change even more and adjustments will have to be made”. Senwes was one of the spon­ sors of the conference, which was attended by approximately 120 young farmers from the Free State, sponsors and the media. Strydom also indicated that JUN/JUL 2017 • SENWES Scenario technology had to be used to keep up with agricultural trends. He said that it was important to focus on research, benchmarking in order to minimise losses, mar­ keting and cash flow. The conference was conclu­ ded with a gala dinner where Johan van Huyssteen, a Senwes customer, was crowned as the Free State Young Farmer for 2017. Van Huyssteen farms on the farm Bloekom near Virginia. He will represent the Free State in the national competition. Senwes Scenario’s best wishes accompany him for this national competition.