- Who is the Konsortium Company?
- Who are the Konsortium breeders?
- How can Konsortium-Merino add value to my farming?
- What is the function of the Konsortium client advisors and farmer mentors?
- What is the difference between an approved ewe and a branded ewe? Endorsed.
- How do these special ear tags look?
- When do the tags get put in?
- Do I have to use the Konsortium advisors to class my sheep?
- Uncle Jack has always marketed my sheep?.now what?
- How many ewes do I put down on the contract?
- When do I have to pay the R6 per ewe?
- How does the 10% discount work?
- If I sign a contract, may I only buy my rams from Konsortium?
- When do I receive the 10% discount on rams purchased?
- When do I receive my processed data?
- Who should I contact if I have a problem or need help?
Who is the Konsortium Company?
The shareholders are John Luscombe, Gawie van Heerden and the WS van Heerden Family Trust.
Who are the Konsortium breeders?
The five breeders are Gawie van Heerden (Dombietersfontein, Victoria West), John Luscombe (Cypress Grove, Richmond), Christo Erasmus (Brandewynskuil, Loxton), Vetties Esterhuizen (Victoria-Merino’s, Victoria West) and Phil van der Merwe (Victoria West).
How can Konsortium-Merino add value to my farming?
Konsortium-Merino would like to start by selling your surplus stock. A number of clients have surplus stock which already conform to the brand standards. These ewes could earn you a premium. Since 2009 Konsortium-Merino has been marketing weaners (to feedlots and farmers) under the brand as well. Volumes and type (with regards to meat and wool production), give added bargaining power which could ultimately lead to premium prices for our clients.
What is the function of the Konsortium client advisors and farmer mentors?
Their main function is to manage the Konsortium-Merino brand. They will establish and maintain the Konsortium type on your farm for the benefit of the whole Konsortium family. With the use of special ear tags, they will duly identify brand ewes, approved ewes and Konsortium slaughter stock and will then market them as such.
Amongst other things, the advisor/mentor will also help you with your ewe selection, your choice of rams and advice about flock management. With the aid of a simple computer programme, designed to measure the performance of your Merino flock, he will assist you to keep track of your production and progress.
What is the difference between an approved ewe and a branded ewe? Endorsed.
Approved ewes are adapted to natural veld conditions and have a good confirmation with a medium to fine, good quality wool - qualities recognised countywide as the Konsotium type. These will be young ewes which have not yet lambed. They will get a pink tag.
Branded ewes are approved ewes which have been certified pregnant. Fertility is important; therefore the lambing record will be indicated on the tag. An approved ewe can only become a branded ewe once she has lambed. The pink tag will be punched to indicate every lamb she produces.
Recommended ewes do not fully comply with all the requirements to be branded, but are still considered adequate to farm with e.g. she may have a good meat carcass but her wool may perhaps not have the length or handle. She will be given a purple tag and her lambing record will also be indicated on the tag.
Do I have to use the Konsortium advisors to class my sheep?
Clients are more than welcome to use anybody to class their sheep, but only Cobus (Viv) and our mentors will be allowed to do the branding. The cost per sheep stays the same.
Uncle Jack has always marketed my sheep?.now what?
Clients are under no obligation to market their sheep through Konsortium and their wool broker remains their choice.
How many ewes do I put down on the contract?
The number of ewes on your contract is the average number of lambing ewes on your farm i.e. the number of ewes to be mated per year.
When do I have to pay the R6 per ewe?
You will be expected to pay upon receipt of an account sent to you annually. The price for new members is R6 per ewe per year. You can either pay quarterly or yearly. If you choose to make a once-off payment, you will qualify for a 10% discount.
How does the 10% discount work?
Konsortium clients, who have signed the contract, are eligible for a 10% discount on all rams bought from any one of the five Konsortium breeders. This applies to rams bought on the production sale or farm sale rams. When there is more than one buyer per ram, the discount will be refunded pro rata. To avoid confusion, please give the names of all the relevant parties at the point of purchase.
If I sign a contract, may I only buy my rams from Konsortium?
You are under no obligation and may purchase your rams wherever you like. However, the whole object is to get your ewes up to Konsortium brand standards, as quickly as possible. We firmly believe that the most effective way of doing this, is by using Konsortium genetics.
When do I receive the 10% discount on rams purchased?
Auctions – you pay the broker the full purchase price for stock bought on auction. Konsortium-Merino will refund your 10% after 30 days.
When do I receive my processed data?
Comparable performance figures of your flock will be made available annually. These figures will be strictly confidential.
Who should I contact if I have a problem or need help?
For ram or breed queries, contact Gawie @ 082 321 3233, or John @ 079 490 8246. For queries involving contracts and services, contact Braam @ 082 411 1592. For appointments involving flock evaluation, ewe selection, ram requirements, etc. please contact your mentor farmer or the client advisors. For office enquiries, contact Nel-Marie @ 082 307 6921.