1 year later
Since our first farmer's day at the Gariep Dam in May 2009, Konsortium-Merino has caused waves in the wool industry. Let's have a look at what the group has achieved and how it has benefited their farmers...
- Konsortium-Merino embarks on their first independent auction in September 2009. Karoo Vleisboere Koöperasie from Victoria West undertakes the admin and Jakkie Nel, a Konsortium farmer, is the auctioneer.
- The 17th production sale far exceeds expectations. The 310 rams were all sold for an average price of R5 199 and a new SA record turnover.
- Konsortium-Merino negotiates an alternative wool marketing channel for their farmers. The two SMZA options give farmers a choice and save them more than R560 000 in marketing costs.
- Farmers save a further R280 000 in bale handling fees.
- Konsortium-Merino farmers earn a premium for their wool
- We have our own shearing team.
- KM establishes an identity for its wool by having the Konsortium-Merino logo appear beside every Konsortium clip in the SMZA catalogue.
- KM clips exude quality and create a lively demand amongst buyers at the Wool Exchange.
- Due to our partnership with SMZA, Konsortium wool is being processed seamlessly from the sheep to sliver tops.
- The KM woolpack, with our logo on, enters the market at R40 cheaper than the competitors and can be obtained from KM or from SMZA.
- Brokers are forced to lower their woolpack prices and this leads to a saving of almost R13 million rand for SA farmers.
- In May 2010 KM attends the 79th world congress of the International Wool Textile Organization in France. Foreign buyers and processors are made aware of Konsortium-Merino’s naturally produced wool in South Africa – 100% mules free.
- SMZA receives their first foreign order for Konsortium-Merino sliver tops
- KM sets up its own feedlot in Christiana. Johan Greyling from Aqua-boerdery is our partner.
- Approximately 3 000 lambs have already been marketed through the Konsortium feedlot. It has the potential of handling 20 000 lambs 4 times per year.
- Our meat are marketed directly from the veldt to B-Nagiahs in Midrand, where it is sold under our brand.
- The Nagiah group pay a premium for Konsortium-Merino meat. AB grades fetch just one rand less than lamb and B grades about R2 less. This is usually about R3 more than the market price.
Konsortium rams improve flocks countywide. Farmers increasingly sell their surplus sheep as breeding stock and in so doing add value to their farming enterprise.