Gawie van Heerden
Contact Number: 0823213233
Director: Breeder [Diploma in Agriculture]
Gawie van Heerden is one of the top Merino breeders in South Africa and lives this passion with pride and joy. He matriculated in 1986 at Paul Roos Gymnasium and studied Agriculture at Glen College in Bloemfontein.
In 1997 he was crowned South Africa’s “Young farmer of the year”. He is a founder member of Konsortium-Merino and actively involved in organised agriculture, serving for 9 years as board member of Merino SA and director of Karoo Vleisboere Koöperasie, and for 6 years as chair of the Victoria-West
Farmers Association. Gawie was also deputy-chair of the Central Karoo Farmer’s Union.
He is married to Madelaine and they have three daughters. Together they make a great team: Gawie’s passion for the Konsortium-Merino, combined with Madelaine’s media background, creative flair and perfection, have set new boundaries in the sheep industry. They were the first Merino stud to brand their sale and advertise in full colour - designing their own posters and leaflets according to a “catchy” theme.
Gawie has travelled to France, China and Japan to market the Konsortium wool and create a demand for this quality product. Together, he and John have more than 55 years hands on farming experience.