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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.

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