Prof. Eckart Kassier predicted in 1994 there would only be 30 000 farmers on the land by 2014. Back then, many farmers thought he had lost it, but today that is all we are. Decline is inevitable unless...
The 144 rams at the 11th Konsortium production sale, were sold for an average of R6 093. The highest priced ram of R20 000, was bought by a group of Hofmeyr farmers. They are Tommy Roux of Allemansvlei and his sons Piet and Jakkals Roux, Pierre Marais of Vrolikskraal and his son, Kobus, Matt Philps of Grootdam and Johan Froelich of The Pines.
Since 2004, this group of farmers have twice bought the highest priced rams for R30 000 and R20 000. On four occasions they have bought the second highest priced rams for R17 500, R19 000, R20 000 and R30 000. The positive impact that Konsortium-Merino has on their Merino's, keeps them coming back for more.
More than 300 visitors attended the Konsortium Spring sale, with 145 buyers registering. Mike de Villiers of Eselsfontein and Gerhard Viljoen of Elandspoort, Richmond, Northern Cape, bought the second highest priced ram for R19 000. The 748 ewes on sale fetched an average of R990, with the highest price being R1 410 and the lowest R910 per ewe.
Piet Barnhoorn of Noodhulp, Middelburg, says that this is not a sale that can be described to anyone, it has to be experienced.