The autumn Dohne Merino Production sales exceeded all expectations except for a few sales in areas experiencing the negative effect of the past four years drought conditions. Once again, the Dohne Merino breed, proved its mettle under conditions of a severe summer drought during which farmers were forced to reduce stock numbers in especially the Western Summer grazing areas. In total the totaal number of 1230 rams sold on production sales (Table 1) represent a decline of 0.1 percent (142 rams) compared to the 2018 autumn sales season. However the average price of R10 969 represent an increase of 6.6 percent (R728) per ram compared to the corresponding period of 2018. It is clear that the trend of acquiring less rams of better quality, is continuing since the start of the prolonged dry period approximately four years back. This trend may also be partly ascribed to the increase in the application of more advanced reproduction techniques. Procedures such as AI and Laparoscopy with or without Injection are aimed at increasing lambing rate and also to increase production levels by more intensive use of superior sires. Breeders and commercial producers need to be aware of the possible negative effect of inbreeding, when applying these techniques without the necessary precautions.
Congratulations to the van Devender family who posted the highest price of R80 000 for a single ram sold. Mr Cecil van der Merwe (Barkly East) also achieved the distinction of staging a record average price of R17 606 for 80 rams sold on his production sale. These achievements under extremely difficult financial conditions are very special.
However, our breeders that posted lower sales averages should also be specially commended. The principle of supplying “less pampered” rams but fit for use under natural veld conditions, is far more important than achieving the highest possible sales average at the cost of increased input costs. The Dohne Merino philosophy of breeding hardy and adaptable animals, should be promoted on all our sales. Our commercial farmers need to be educated by each and every breeder not to pay a premium for over-fed animals. In this regard, appraising of fat covering at sales, may play an important role.
The National Dohne Merino sale in day format, proved to be very successful. Thank you to more stud breeders (16) who saw their way open to bring their top genetic material to the national sale. The total of 52 rams sold were 10 more than last year and were sold for the average price of R40 865. Although the Average price was lower than that for 2018 (R45 222), the selling of more representative rams of the stud industry compensated. Congratulations to Wynand du Toit (National Top Breeder) and Boeta Wessels who sold the two top rams at R180 000 each. Boeta Wessels distinguished his Weska Dohne Stud by selling Five Top rams for an average price for R106 400.
A number of rams were sold at R100 000 or more, indicating the general high quality of rams on offer. Kromspruit Dohnes, for example sold a half share in their top ram for R100 000.
Dohne Merino ewes remain in high demand. The average price of R2 332 represent all categories of ewes from old, dry flock ewes to young pregnant stud ewes certified to carry multiple lambs. The range of prices from R1 475 to R3975 is a fair reflection of the entire spectrum of ewes on offer.
|Autumn production sales||Date||Number||Average||Top Price|
|Potberg Dohnes, Bredasdorp||17-Jan||64||10645||16000|
|Lowmar Dohnes, Cradock||22-Jan||62||9088||20000|
|Vlakkloof Dohnes, Protem||22-Jan||45||10639||34000×2|
|White Wools Dohnes, Molteno||23-Jan||70||12786||56000|
|CC van der Merwe, Barkly East||30-Jan||80||17606||54000|
|Suidplaas Dohnes, Bredasdorp||30-Jan||90||13200||47000|
|Twee Neefs, Burgersdorp||01-Feb||84||13048||64000|
|LA & J de la Harpe, Graaff-Reinet||05-Feb||51||9850||29000|
|ZK Jordaan, Cradock||06-Feb||63||11397||40000|
|CRUX Dohnes, Edinburg, FS||07-Feb||108||10042||40000|
|Kromspruit Dohnes,Memel, FS||08-Feb||49||11765||32000|
|G Hobson & JP Steynberg, Graaff Reinet||12-Feb||55||7220||20000|
|Blydskap Trust, Riviersonderend||13-Feb||64||12117||80000|
|Robdorino, Kei Road||22-Feb||37||7174||21000|
|Grootfontein N’Trust, Middelburg, EC||22-Feb||66||7530||15500|
|TweeKoppen, Reddersburg, FS||26-Feb||32||6813||16000|
|F & A Marx, Burgersdorp, EC||27-Feb||95||10989||50000|
|R Armstrong, Cathcart, EC||05-Mar||70||10321||31000|
|Wauldby Dohnes, Amabele||12-Mar||45||8456||26000|
|Ewe sales||Number||Min Price||Max Price||Average price|