The Ghanzi district is the largest commercial farming region in Botswana and the Ghanzi Agricultural Show has always been labeled as an opportunity for farmers around the country to share their experiences and benchmark on the best farming practices in the region. Cheetah Conservation Botswana hosted a stall on the 2nd to 8th July 2018 to disseminate information on their services during the show and engage with members of the public. Southern Livestock Farmers Network (SOLIFANE) members continued their journey and attended the show to experience the best farming produces that were on show and connect with the region’s best farmers on livestock management issues. Mr. Geoffrey Moyo from Ghanzi Smallstock Farmers Network, who is also a recipient of a livestock guarding dog (LGD) from our LGD programme, guided SOLIFANE members around the show and later had a one-on-one session with SOLIFANE members at his farm outside Ghanzi Township for some experiential learning. Like always, SOLIFANE members were grateful for the opportunity and SOLIFANE chairperson Mr. Donald Simon had this to say, ‘’As usual, I always commend to be part of this trip as it gives me the invaluable desire to carry on with my work as a livestock farmer. I regard the Ghanzi show the biggest agricultural show in the country and it never disappoints. I learned a lot from Mr. Moyo and I thank him for hosting us at his farm. The trip was worthwhile, thank you.’’ We are also grateful that these benchmarking trips prove fruitful for the networks members whilst they learn from and motivate each other. The Ghanzi region is a very important wildlife corridor to many wildlife species including the cheetah we are grateful to the network members for working with us towards helping the cheetah win the survival race.
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