There is a wonderful legend of one of the best property deals ever made, that goes back to the time when the last of the Aurochs, the ancestor of all cattle, had just become extinct. The offspring of these gigantic creatures were called Taurochs, there legs were as long and strong Aurochs, but some humans (such as Richard Smith) were able to successfully use them as beasts of burden. Taurochs barely lasted a single generation (between 1620-1680) before they also died out completely.

In Robert Gaston’s 1939 mural, Richard Smith rides his bull around a giant area to set borders for Smithtown. Photo Credit: Robert Gaston


As the somewhat embellished story goes, the Indians made a pact with Richard (Bull) Smith, an English settler that he could keep whatever land he circled in a single day, while riding atop a wild Tauroch bull. The astute Smith waited for the longest day of the year, circa 1665, to undertake the trek. It is said that he trotted out one of the bull’s favourite cows a few days before to trace the route so that her scent would quicken the pace. Essentially the land that he claimed is now what is known as Smithtown, Long Island, New York (an area of more than 200 km² then).



Regardless of whether the legend is true or not, the bull has come to be known as a symbol of power and of growth, it is also recognised as a symbol of rising markets.  The management of TAUROCHS are bullish about the opportunities that property related services offer, (particularly to community schemes) and therefore thought it fitting to name our company after the legendary animal that helped put together one of the largest property deals in history.

The mission of TAUROCHS (PTY) LTD is to offer community scheme services related to maintenance planning, specifications, standards, project management, contracting and implementation of maintenance (redecs).

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