Throughout the country, farmers are talking about the positive impact that Konsortium-Merino has on their flocks. This is what some of them have to say:
- Lomon van Tonder from Dewetsdorp says: “Crossbreeding is not necessary anymore. There is only one stud – and that is Konsortium-Merino.” Lomon’s group of Merino’s won a slaughter lamb competition where about 40 groups of 4 lambs each, competed. Various breeds took part.
- Tommy Roux from Hofmeyr, claims that Konsortium rams will improve any flock.
- Derick Erasmus from Stutterheim is over the moon with his high wool prices. He only wants plain Konsortium rams - they directly address type and micron. About our sheep he says: “This is what a Merino should look like.”
- Hansie Swanepoel from Dewetsdorp: “I don’t know exactly what you guys are busy with, but whatever it is, I want to be a part of it.”
- Pieter Human from Riviersonderend is extremely proud of the meat carcass of his current Merino flock. People constantly ask him “where did you get these Mutton Merino ewes?”
- Dian Heyns from Oudtshoorn says that Konsortium-Merino completely flummoxed him. “I thought that only Dohne’s could look like this!”
- Gawie van Deventer from Albertinia says: “I should have made your acquaintance a long time ago.” When selecting his entries for a slaughter lamb competition, selectors chose four of his Konsortium lambs and only one of his Dormer-cross lambs.
- JR Schlebusch from Victoria West: “I can see the improvement in my sheep.”
- Konsortium rams were on display at an open day where Henry Moolman, Bedford, saw them. “When is your auction? I will be there.”
- Steven le Roux from Caledon got lost while en route to a hunt and pitched up at Dombietersfontein while they were shearing. “Just look how uniform and clean your wool is.”
- Pierre Jooste from Jacobsdal: “After visiting you, I am convinced that this is the way to go.”
- Frans Alexander from Trompsburg carries a little piece of wool around with him. It comes from the Konsortium ram which he purchased in February 2007 for the highest price. He proudly shows this wool to all and sundry.
- Christo Marais from Edenburg sent this: “Now I’m really enjoying my Merino farming.”
- Abrie le Roux from Smithfield paid a visit to Harry and De Wet Vogel, while they were shearing. His comment? “The Vogels shear unbelievable wool.”
- Phil van der Merwe from Victoria West, is adamant that the Konsortium-Merino’s carcass competes with any meat breed, and as ‘n bonus it shears long (70mm – 80mm), medium to fine, quality wool every eight months.
- A visit to Stefan Scholtz of Victoria-West, once again proved that a Konsortium ram does not have to be expensive to be worthwhile. Rams which Stefan bought at floor price (R1 500) in Feb 2005, are not shown up by the more expensive one's in his kraal. "These rams grow without a grain of feed. I even selected a stud ram amongst them."
- Hoffman-boerdery from Dewetsdorp are of the opinion that the Konsortium-Merino's meat characteristics are exceptional and that this type’s wool quality, especially the length, is a plus for the industry. Brothers, Sias and Piet, can testify to a flock of 840 lambs (approx. 10 months old) which slaughtered out 21,5kg average. "Konsortium-Merino's are excellent for feedlotting. They grow with a bang." Sias says that the rams on the 9th production sale in Sept 2005, were an absolute picture - the best he has ever seen.
- Kiepie Pienaar of Dewetsdorp bought his first Konsortium-Merino ram in 1999. "My sheep are bigger and plainer. I battled to get my ewes to 50 kg, but now they average 58-60kg." Reproduction has improved so much that he now gets 109% lambs from ewes mated. The flock's weaning weight has risen from 26kg to approximately 31kg. ,br/>Kiepie monitors his ewes carefully. Every eight months he averages 3.75kg of wool per sheep (lambs included). Taken over a twelve month period, this equates to 4.88kg per sheep. His average micron has improved from 21.6 to 20.4. His hogget wool tests 17.2 microns. He has no doubts: "I made the right decision to go with Konsortium-Merinos."