Merino with muscle
In February this year Konsortium-Merino flexed its muscles. With four sales in a row the goalposts in the Merino industry were substantially extended. The group sold 417 of the 474 rams on offer at an average of R4 910 per ram.
In 2010 an average of 61 Merino rams were sold on the 60 auctions held under the auspices of MerinoSA. The most rams sold on one auction were at the 18th (278) and 19th (314) Konsortium-Merino production sales. The new Konsortium-Merino benchmark of 417 rams sold in just 8 days is a huge step up. The highest price at their 20th production sale was R26 000 for a ram bought by Wimpie Scheepers Trust, Beaufort West. In total 1 855 ewes were sold at the four sales for an average price of R1 470. Kallie Kotze from Bitterfontein paid the top price of R2 525 per ewe for pregnant branded ewes.
The four auctions in February were: 17 February - Konsortium-Merino’s 20th production sale on Dombietersfontein, Victoria West; 23 February - the group’s first Southern Free State joint auction on Fanie Griesel’s farm Donkerpoort, near the Gariepdam; 24 February - their fifth joint auction with Marlow Agricultural College outside Cradock and 25 February - Konsortium-Merino’s first joint auction with Altus Geldenhuys and Hennnie Coetzee on the farm Geduldsfontein, Steynsburg.
Progeny from subscribed Konsortium members and purebred Konsortium Merino rams were sold at these auctions. The group strives to make their rams more available for their farmers. In future member farmer ewes, which conform to the brand, could be sold at satellite auctions. KVB from Victoria West held the auctions and Jakkie Nel was the auctioneer.