Senwes Scenario June / July 2019 - Page 26

PRODUCER FOCUS The Burg between the Burgs A Myburgh farming between Petrusburg en Edenburg His surname may be Myburgh, but for Senwes producer Johan Myburgh, everything in life is not about him, but rather about the people around him.  By Aubrey Kruger Senwes Scenario Editor J ohan's farming operations come with conditions and with his strong principles and trust in God, his feet remain well-anchored in agri- culture. Johan and his wife Monica have been farming since 1970 and they will be celebrating their 50th year of farming this year, which is a milestone similar to Senwes' 110-year celebrations. On this farm, Kingsheath, Johan is supported by Deodé Wilson, who focuses on the cattle and crop farming and who has been working on the farm for the past 11 years, and newcomer Rohan Coetzee, who has been here for three years and who deals with the irrigation and potato branch, as well as labourers for many years, Boy and Nanzi. “I am blessed with good people helping me.” His point of departure is to surround himself with peo- 24 SENWES SCENARIO | WINTER 2019 ple with his way of thinking. He believes in staff who are self-reliant: “I am not there to think for them. They are very proud of their work and they are positive young people with vision”, he said. Although he is hesitant, he still buys land and the latest 640 hectare acqui- sition was done as recently as January 2019. They had a difficult beginning, accord- ing to Johan and Monica, and are very grateful for what they have achieved thus far. Johan mentions that he would not change the few years during which he could farm with his father, for anything. That was when he learned the basic prin- ciples of farming. Their farming operations and their marriage are almost the same age - they celebrated their 50th anniver- sary last year. This Senwes producer confirms that he is a customer of Senwes by loudly announcing his membership number. Senwes Equipment is high on his list of priorities, which is evi- dent when you count all the pieces of John Deere equipment on his farm, and even- tually lose count. He bought a brand new John Deere 8345 RT in December 2018, which is the latest addition to his fleet. Even the oldest tractor on the farm still runs well - a 1982 John Deere 3140 which cost him R12 500 at the time. His first tractor was a 3130 and he mentions that he has never sold a John Deere for less than what he purchased it. "Nothing compares with John Deere and I don't even look at any- thing else.” We drove around Kingsheath in a Toyota bakkie. “Only three things move around on this farm - a John Deere, Toyota and Bonsmaras.” The Bonsmara-stud consists of 70 bulls and 300 cows. Deodé tells us that they will be pre-