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Leon Susan

Liewe Tannie Elna, "Ons gaan kamp op ‘n perde kamp daar naby Amersfoort …." was my "volks lied" vanaf 2002 tot 2017. In hierdie tydperk het ek altesaam 11 kampe op Mooikrans...

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Karen Comely

It is with great pleasure that I write this response for you!

I truly believe that when we arrange a function or activity for our Reddam students that it needs to be a worthwhile experience...

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After extensive research into the possibility and availability of an internationally recognised qualification for post-matric students it was decided to recommend an Australian distance-learning course, ACS DISTANCE EDUCATION, which is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council and accredited in seven overseas countries.

The benefit to students is self-explanatory. The course must be successfully completed in order to obtain the applicable certificate.

EQUUS ACS Equine Behaviour (BAG 216). This course basically follows the existing year-long course offered at MOOIKRANS EQUUS. (Cost approximately R9 000)

AGRI ACS Animal Health Care (VAG 100). While the course generally covers our existing Agri Course, there are some areas where the content is studied in more depth. (Cost approximately R 8 000)

Mooikrans is in negotiations with ACS to obtain a cheaper tariff. While it is their policy to grant a discount when more than one student is enrolled, there are additional costs involved in sending the study material to South Africa. This is included in the fee above.

CHOICE: MOOIKRANS would like to offer their students the opportunity to register for one of these courses. The benefit is self-explanatory, and an international qualification will also be of great value here in South Africa.

We are completely au-fait with the course content and are able to offer complete support in all aspects thereof.

There will be no loss of benefit should the student not wish to pursue the ACS course as the Mooikrans syllabus and practical components is presented in its entirety to all it’s students.

For more information about ACS and course content, see www.acs.edu.au courses/equine behaviour – 551.aspx and www.acs.edu.au courses/animal health care

Please feel free to send us an e-mail should you require further information:

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WHERE? At MOOIKRANS EQUUS, Amersfoort on the Mpumalanga Highveld
FARMING? Cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and poultry, mielies, potatoes and soyabeans
WHEN? Gap year, from 1 February to 30 November 2018
HOW? Residing at Mooikrans, tuition on campus, practical experience with local farmers
WHO? Anyone who is interested in farming and wants to try it for a year, male and female students are accommodated

After studying the theory students are placed with local farmers to apply this knowledge in practical applications.

For example

Sheep farming

  1. Classification of wool
  2. Management and practices
    1. Shearing
    2. Inoculations and injections
    3. Docking of tails
    4. Dipping and dosing
    5. Lambing and management
    6. Judging



  4. COSTS


Frans Joubert, BSc Agric (Hons), Ex-Agricultural teacher and Headmaster; Morgenzon Agricultural Academy

Elna Wahl, BA NHOD, Ex-Agricultural teacher; Owner and Manager of Mooikrans


Farmers in Amersfoort area   

Other: ProAgri, TLUSA, Afriforum, Afriforum Youth


The students are accommodated in single/double rooms. Three meals per day are provided and attendance at dinner and worship are obligatory. All students sleep in the accommodation provided at MOOIKRANS unless special arrangements are applicable.

MOOIKRANS dress code is applicable to all students. All students sign an undertaking to comply with the rules.

When on practical training, students are transported in a suitable vehicle to the applicable farm and back daily, these farms are within a radius of 20km of MOOIKRANS.  Most lectures are presented at the MOOIKRANS campus, unless necessity requires an alternative venue such as the ‘Wool school”.


Kindly address enquiries to Elna Wahl This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 083 732 8172




www.mooikrans.co.za This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 083 732 8172 Amersfoort


3. SYLLABUS 2018

FIRST TERM - 1 February to 28 March

  1. Animal Production/Husbandry:  General principle of stock-farming
    1. Digestion – systems and differences
    2. Main ingredients and nutitional requirements
    3. Types of feed, nutitional values and ration
    4. Animal reproduction
    5. Production systems extensive vs intensive
    6. Handling of animals
    7. Animal health
    8. Genetics
  2. Focus – Sheep
    1. Wool classification
    2. Management program and practices
      1. Shearing
      2. Injections
      3. Tail docking
      4. Dipping and dosing
      5. Lambing and management
    3. Judging
  3. Focus – Cattle
    1. Management program and practices
      1. Identification, eg branding, ear tags, ear clipping
      2. Mechanical de-horning
      3. Castration – Blood vs bloodless
      4. Administration of medicines via injections, drenching, oral
    2. Judging
    3. Stud management (Computer programe)
  4. Focus – Horses
    1. Equine courses – Natural Horsemanship
  5. Focus - Pigs
    1. Management
    2. Breeds
  6. Focus - Poultry
    1. Laying hens – breeds, management, etc
    2. Broilers – Management, controlled environment systems, etc 

Autum Recess

SECOND TERM - 10 April to 22 June


  1. Tractors
    1. Mechanics, maintenance, safety
  2. Implements
    1. Types, applications and their maintenance
  3. Welding
    1. Apparatus and welding rods
    2. Simple welding on the farm
    3. Safety, practical welding
  4. Erection of barbed-wire fences
    1. Why fences are necessary?
    2. Application of the wire-puller. Types of wire
    3. Situating and spacing of fence-posts, etc
    4. Practical fence erecting by the student

Chemistry and agriculture – Utilising micro-organisms in agriculture, e.g. silage, wine production, bread, compost

  1. Cleaning materials
  2. Chemical insecticides and herbicides
  3. Environmental impact

Winter Recess

THIRD TERM - 29 July to 28 September 

Factors in Production

  1. The effective management and utilisation of land and labour by the application of capital in order to optimise production

  2. Established lands

  3. Labour and labour law

  4. Types of capital and financial aspects, eg budgets, etc

  5. Aspects of Management such as planning, organisation, guidance, controls and evaluation

Economics / Marketing

  1. Free market system
  2. Factors influencing price determination
  3. Internet

Spring Recess

FOURTH TERM - 9 October to 30 November 

Crop production

General Subjects

  1. Soil characteristics, composition, structure and texture, water-retention, colour, temperature, etc
  2. Organic (photosynthetic vs anorganic nourishment (out of the ground))
  3. Crop food and fertilisers
  4. Crop-improvement/genetics and biotechnology (GM crops)
  5. Crop propogation
  6. Crop diseases and pests
  7. Weed control
  8. Cultivation
  9. Precision Farming    
  10. Crop production systems – dry-land, irrigation, green-houses, tunnels, hydroponics
  11. Specific Maize – cultivation
  12. Specific Soya bean – cultivation
  13. Specific forage crops ie Eragrostis Teff / Oulands
  14. Vegetable – Cultivation of various crops 

Closing day. Presentation of certificates and awards


The Student’s parent or guardian is responsible for the payment of the study fees.

The cost of this course for 2018 is R70 000 (Seventy thousand ZAR) the first payment of R20 000 (Twenty thousand ZAR) payable before 31st January, 2018. The balance is payable in 9 monthly instalments of R 5 550 each, payable in advance on the first day of each month with effect from 1st March 2018 with the final payment on 1st November, 2018.

The amount of R 20 000 must be paid in full before 1 February 2018. Proof of payment should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Accommodation, meals and class fees are included in this price



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