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Our ducks & geese – not only hard workers, great models as well!

John Faure, master breeder of the Vergenoegd Indian Runner Ducks and geese, recently entered the Western Cape Poultry Club Show 2016, the oldest poultry club in the country. Results were pretty one-sided as John blew his competition out of the water.


Hosted at Klein Plasie in Worcester, John (who introduced Indian Runner Ducks as effective pest control to the vineyards of Vergenoegd in 1983) entered 22 ducks and 16 geese. Competition was stiff as John competed against 6 other exhibitors who entered a combined total of 82 ducks, 29 geese and 1499 chickens! Results show a clean sweep (with the exception of the Crested Ducks).


Ducks entered and achievements:

– Bali ducks (best and reserve best on show)
– Call ducks (best and reserve best on show)
– Crested ducks (reserve best on show)
– Runner ducks (best and reserve best on show)


Geese entered and achievements:

– American Buff geese (best and reserve best on show)
– Chinese geese (best and reserve best on show and champion waterfowl on show)
– Embden geese (best and reserve best on show)
– Sebastopol geese (best and reserve best on show)
– Toulouse geese (best and reserve best on show)


We’re ecstatic and proud of John’s successes! Our ducks and geese are not only hard workers, they’re great models as well! The next show will be held next year June and we’re confident that the trophy will once again remain at Vergenoegd!


21 thoughts on “Our ducks & geese – not only hard workers, great models as well!

  1. To Whom it May Concern,

    I have a very strange request. My almost 7 year old son desperately wants a runner duck or 2 for his birthday. I am a vegetarian so it is purely to be a pet (we have chickens etc).

    Do you sell or know where I could purchase a runner duck for him?

    Kind regards,

    Lisa Wyness

    1. Hi Lisa

      Superb! We sell Indian Runner Ducks for R150 each. Ducks do tend to get quite lonely so we’d advise at least 2 – a male and a female! Please email media@vergenoegd.co.za once you have decided!

      Kind Regards


  2. Hello!
    I am desperately looking for a baby domestic goose.
    My Dad had one as a teenager and she was his favourite pet! Do you have any there, or know of anywhere in the Western Cape that I can purchase one? He has a great garden, pond and pool, so it will be very happy I think.
    Thanks alot,

    1. Hi Carrie

      Thank you for connecting with Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate!

      We are unfortunately not allowed to sell any ducks or geese at this point in time, however, we will add your name to the list for purchasing and let you know when the option to sell becomes available again.

      Kind Regards


  3. Dear David,
    I am wanting to buy a pair of geese to live on my small dam.
    I bought a female Chinese goose from you a number of years ago.
    Unfortunately the drought brought a lot of wild life into the valley looking for food and water, including Rooikat and otters.
    Very very sadly the otters wiped out my entire flock of geese, it was really devastating, they were pets, all with names and individual characters.
    I’ve since otter proofed my boundary fence and intend putting the ducks and geese in at night.
    Please can you let me know what breeds of geese and ducks you have available for sale and prices too please.
    Kind regards

    1. Hi Caro

      Thank you for connecting with Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate.

      I have sent you an email regarding your request.

      Kind Regards


  4. Good day

    We recently bought 5 chickens (hens). Would a goose be a good patron and companion for them? If well, would you suggest one goose or two geese?

    Also, do you sell geese and what is the cost?

    I live in Stellenbosch

    Kind regards

    1. Hi Schalk

      Thank you for connecting with Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate. We have sent you an email.

      Kind Regards


    1. Hi Madri

      Thank you for getting in touch with Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate. Our Farm Manager will be in contact with you shortly.

      Kind Regards


    1. Hi Henk

      Thank you for connecting with The Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate.

      I have sent your enquiry to our Farm Manager who will be in contact soon.

      Kind Regards


  5. Hi there
    My daughter is desperate for a pair of call ducks for her 12th birthday. We do have 2 chickens already. Do you have any that you would be able to sell to us?
    Many thanks

  6. Good Morning John

    I am keen to have two normal everyday ducks as pets and for snails (as a child we had two ducks).

    Can you please advise me where I can get all the information I need (books or websites) on raising two ducklings (with a cat), what’s needed etc and also that’s not too technical.

    I’m also looking forward to visiting your farm and ducks and pray you don’t have ‘duck’ on your menu.

    Kind regards


  7. Hi John,
    We have been to your estate and thoroughly enjoyed the parade by your geese.
    We live just up the road opposite Spier on a smallholding called La Meisola below Fransmanskloof.
    We have Pilgrims Geese on the smallholding. These have recently had goslings. We now have some 20 goslings which as you can imagine is creating over population.
    If you know of someone wanting to buy we would be willing to part with some.
    My number is 083 7764068.
    Kind regards,
    Mario Beccaro.

    1. Hi Mario

      Thank you for contacting Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate.
      Your email has been sent to our Farm Manager for further feedback.

      Kind Regards


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