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  • Changing gears from price taker to price maker

    2014-02-13

    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...

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  • Think BIG

    2014-01-08

    In 2013 Konsortium-Merino sold a massive 891 rams under their brand on six auctions at an average price of R5 363. This is more than 23% of Merino SA's ram sales.

  • Faith like woolFaith like wool picture

    Angus Buchan, parading his 100% proudly South African, Konsortium-Merino wool jacket, with joy.

  • Another SA record - 333 rams sold!

    2013-02-21

    On 21 February another SA record was broken on Konsortium-Merino home turf. At their 24th production sale, the group set a new SA record by selling the most rams on a Merino auction.

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    Konsortium-Merino has appointed its second sheep specialist. Tommie Calldo will join Cobus Vivier in ensuring the quality and standard of our farmers stock is such, that the genetics, wool and meat can confidently be purchased on the open market.

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Stud rams

The Konsortium’s stud rams are being bred in harmony with nature. They clearly stand out in a flock with regards to their wool and conformation traits. This well adapted Merino boasts a unique combination of qualities. It is a big, virile sheep with a low micron and outstanding wool length - the type that puts money in the farmer’s pocket.

To breed the ideal Merino is a challenge, as the breed’s most important economic attributes correlate negatively with each other. The bigger the sheep, the stronger the wool. The more wool a sheep carries, the shorter its wool. Fine wool again, is generally produced on smaller sheep.The Konsortium-team’s goal to breed a fine wool Merino, without compromising size and reproduction, is therefore monitored closely. They place a lot of emphasis on a uniform fleece. A ram that is strong in the breech is not considered at all.

Speciality rams that have an exceptional quality, are used for complementary matings. Occasionally stud rams from outside breeders are used as a comparative control to ensure the team is still on the right track. "We are happy with our progress thus far. It is important to maintain the fine balance between low micron and conformation, and we will continue to do that."

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