After the completion of his studies in Animal Production Hannes joined the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa in Irene. The basic foundation of the experience gained while involved at the ARC is what today still governs Hannes’ game breeding strategies.
In 2001 Hannes established a breeding heard of Nyala’s on his game farm near Gravelotte. In the same year he also bought his first Sable genetics. He diversified his breeding species to include Cape Buffalo on the farm Kapiri Ranch in Limpopo.
After acquiring the farm Doornfontein in Vryburg Hannes also introduced various colour variants including Red and Golden Oryx.