27th Jun 2019

Niekerksrust 54th Auction Results

On Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Niekerksrust held its 54th production auction at Viljoenskroon. It was a successful day, with an average of R12 230 for the rams and R5 306 for the ewes. The most expensive ram was sold for R30 000 to Mr Pieter Booyens, from Koppies, and Mr Deon van Wyk, from Delmas, bought the most expensive ewe for R12 000.
20th Jun 2019

Mohair Market Report: 19 June 2019

The mohair market came under pressure at the last sale of the 2019 summer season, with the average market indicator decreasing with 2.0% to close at R284.43/kg. The relatively large offering of 127 199 kg consisted of some good quality mohair, with 98% of the offering sold. The average market indicator of kid mohair decreased 1.5% to close at R529.84/kg while [...]
10th Jun 2019

Part 2: The Animal Diseases Act

This article is part of a series of articles educating livestock owners and farmers about the importance and effect of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act 35 of 1984). It explains the reasons for the existence of this Act, what farmers’ general rights and duties are, and goes into more detail regarding the control measures for some of the most important controlled animal diseases. Part 2: Control of foot-and-mouth disease On 7 January this year, South Africa lost its ‘foot-and-mouth free zone without vaccination’ status, which had been granted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). This came after […]
10th Jun 2019

The Animal Diseases Act: What you should know

This article is part of a series of articles educating livestock owners and farmers about the importance and effect of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act 35 of 1984). It explains the reasons for the existence of this Act, what farmers’ general rights and duties are, and goes into more detail regarding the control measures for some of the most important controlled animal diseases. Part one takes a closer look at why the Animal Diseases Act is necessary and the duties and rights of farmers in terms of the Act. Part 1: Control of certain diseases The Act came into effect in […]
7th Jun 2019

How to feed lambs and ewes for optimal results

Kenneth Hamlett of Tau Mills believe that the first phases of a lamb’s life are crucial for future growth. He explains more about the correct feeding practices for lambs and in-lamb ewes. Genetics, feeding, processing and weather plays a big role in the first phase of a lambs development, but above all, management. It is important to start before lambing, a lamb’s life actually begins four to six weeks before it is born. About 80% of foetal develo
6th Jun 2019

Wool Market Report – 6 June 2019

On the 31st wool auction of the 2018/2019 season, the merino wool market indicator increased with +2,5%
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