O V K, Cradock
OVK represents and renders the following services and goods:
All farming requisites for crop and livestock farming (43 trade branches).
Insurance services: crop insurance and short-term insurance.
Dealers of New Holland, Case and Toyota.
Client financing services.
Dealers in wheat, maize, sunflowers, dry beans and lucerne.
Manufactures top quality maize meal (OVK SUPER, KUDU).
Manufactures top quality wheat meal (cake, brown bread and white bread flour).
Operates six fuel depots (TOTAL, SHELL, ENGEN).
Owns and operates Gariep Abattoir (Strydenburg).
About 3600 (including about 2000 members/shareholders). Language preference: about 85% Afrikaans, 15 % English.
Region is strongly diversified: High potential agronomy, namely maize, wheat, sunflowers, dry beans as well as asparagus, cherry, fruit and vegetable farming / Planted pastures / Natural veld grazing / Wool and mutton sheep farming / Dairy and beef cattle farming / Also horse breeding and ostrich farming
Exceptional tourism area. The sandstone area of the eastern Free State is breathtakingly beautiful, southwardly alternating with picturesque dolerite hills and the shorter grass and mixed grass and bush veld of the southern Free State and the Eastern Cape. Further south and westwards OVK embodies a beautiful portion of the Karoo area with its distinctive beauty. The irrigation areas of the Fish River valley and certain areas along the Orange, Caledon and Kraai rivers produce solid yields of lucern, maize and wheat.
The area embodies a number of very prominent dams in the RSA namely the Gariep and Vanderkloof dams (in the Orange), Kalkfontein dam (in the Rietriver in Fauresmith), Knellpoort dam (in Rietspruit, Wepener), Welbedacht dam (in the Caledon, Wepener), Egmont dam (Zastron), Armenia dam (in the Leeuriver, Ladybrand), Allemanskraal dam (in the Sand River, partially in Winburg, Ventersburg and Senekal) and Erfenis dam (in the Vet River, north eastwardly in the Winburg district).
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