Frans and Andries Marx hosted their 28th production Sale under the worst possible drought conditions. The fact that the sale average increased by R877 above the 2015 average can be ascribed to innovative thinking of this exceptionally efficient farmers with a very positive attitude. Innovation led to the design of a cheap multi- purpose feeding trough that can be utilized for phases of creep feeding ewe production and rounding off of stock. The way of making use of “feed drawers” to stretch the nutritional value of purchased grain as well as preparing rams in the most economical way possible, speak volumes for the managing skills applied by the Marx’s (see additional photos below the sales photograph).
FEM Dohnes, Burgersdorp: Top price R19000 (92 rams sold at an average price of R6864)
Photo L/R: Aalwyn (FEM), Frans Marx (seller, FEM), Jan van der walt (BKB), Frans (Tjokkie) Marx (buyer), Andries Marx (seller), Abraham Marx (buyer, holding the ram)
Photo: Frans Marx, Gavin Isted and Andries Marx, discussing the merit of the Marx’s newly designed feeding system.
Photo: Conditions at the entrance to FEM Dohnes, clearly depicts the extreme conditions under which Frans and Andries Marx succeeded in holding a highly successful production sale.