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...
Konsortium-Merino attained a new record turnover for a Merino ram auction in South Africa, at their 12th production sale. This is only the second time in history that more than R1 million was realized at a Merino auction.
The 199 Konsortium rams, all sold for an average price of R5 613 each, totaled R1 117 150. The highest price of R36 000 was paid for a merit ram. It was bought by the Alexanders from Trompsburg: Freddie and Erik from Korthoek, Frans from Stofkraal and Derek from Hammelfontein.
Advocate Wesley Vos from Vosfontein, Beaufort West, bought a whopping 23 rams on the sale, paying R35 0000 and R22 000 for the second and third highest priced rams respectively. The 635 ewes on the Konsortium sale averaged R956. The highest price was R1 420 a piece for pregnant ewes with long wool. More than 300 people from far and wide, attended this auspicious event.