How our 2019 Dohne year started
DOHNE MERINO, SALES | FEB 8, 2019
For only the second time, Suidplaas Dohnes hosted a ram auction in the month of January.
And once again, farmers from across the Western Cape gathered to select the Suidplaas genetics they’ll be including in their Dohne Merino studs.
The auction was well attended (even though our main auction is held in August of every year. This auction is one of the largest Dohne Merino auctions held in the Southern Hemisphere.)
According to Wynand du Toit, Suidplaas Dohnes owner, the first 2019 auction went well. “We host these auctions to spread our Dohne genetics across South Africa. We started this stud in 1972, and so have built up our genetics over the years. These auctions are our opportunity to help make the Dohne race even stronger genetically. It’s a privilege for us to work with so many fantastic farmers who attend these auctions.”
There were a number of exciting results from the auction:
– R47,000: The highest selling ram (Lot 42). This ram was bought by Coetzee Uys en Jaco Uys of Heidelberg.
– R13,200: This was the average buying price of the rams on the day. That’s the second-highest buying price in Suidplaas’s history.
Wynand says the auction was particularly successful given the trying times in the Dohne industry.
Meat prices have fallen in recent weeks. And given the drought in South Africa (and also in the Overberg), farmers are having to continuously supplement grazing with additional feed.
“That’s why we’re so grateful to everyone who joined the auction – for participating in the Dohne industry. It’s our goal to breed Dohne Merinos that meet your requirements. And we’ll continue to strive to achieve this goal.”
Here’s what happens at a Suidplaas Dohne auction: