The Sernick Bonsmara Stud was started in 1983 with 30 Bonsmara commercial heifers bought from Hannes du Preez and a bull from Gerhard Brön. These heifers were screened by Rex Butler and the stud was registered.
In 1985 the Iffley Investments Bonsmara Stud as well as the Marie-Louis Bonsmara Stud of Andrew Makkink were acquired – increasing the number of breeding cows to over 500.
In 1986 Hennie Snyman was appointed as farm manager and a number of females from various well-known Bonsmara breeders were bought.
In 1994 the annual sale exceeded R1m for the first time – an important milestone in the history of the stud.
2002 - 2004
In 2002 the stud was halved in order to finance other activities of the value chain. In 2004 the Wellstood Bonsmara Stud of Robert Taute was bought which increased the number of breeding cows to 550.
In 2008 the number of breeding cows were reduced to 250 to make space for the backgrounding of weaners for the feedlot.
During the period 2000-2010 the priority and focus was mainly on the other activities of Sernick Group’s value chain but since 2011 a great deal of energy and passion has gone into the stud. The results of these efforts are significant.
The highest price paid for a Sernick bull was in 2011 when NFS08-032 was sold to Jaap Prinsloo of the Marloo Bonsmara Stud for R775 000.00
The Mizpah Bonsmara Stud of Johan van Zyl was acquired in 2014 and the number of breeding cows once again reached 550.