genetics still prove their worth
DOHNE MERINO, AUCTIONS | Aug 12, 2020
At Suidplaas Dohnes, we hosted our TWENTY FIRST ram auction recently.
And as usual, we welcomed sheep farmers, breeders and field officers from near and far to Klipbankskloof farm in Protem, the home of Suidplaas Dohnes.
Despite the concerns around COVID-19, it was an action-packed day – with many of our past stud records broken. It’s clear that quality genetics in Dohne Merino sheep remain at the core for farmers who wish to improve and grow their breeding programmes – as a total of 116 people attended the August auction.
By the end of the day, 300 young ewes and 105 top quality A and AA rams were presented – and successfully sold to the highest bidder.
Farmers came from afar, including towns such as Nigel, Kroonstad, Cookhouse, Pearston, Loxton, Cradock and Hofmeyr. And Wynand du Toit, owner of Suidplaas Dohnes, expressed his gratitude to these breeders for travelling these long distances to participate in our auction.
Here are the statistics of the day:
– The highest selling ram (Lot 15) was sold to Cornel Landman of Karoo Lusern for R80 000. Cornel also bought the best two rams in our January Production Auction.
– The second highest selling ram (Lot 50) went to At Liebenberg from Kroonstad, for R75 000.
– The third highest selling ram sold for R46 000 to Jan Schoonwinkel of Kluitjieskraal Boerdery in Swellendam.
– The average price per ram amounted to R13 925.
– 9 of the rams sold for more than R30 000. This was a first for Suidplaas Dohnes.
– Once again, America Landgoed, Bredasdorp bought the most rams on the day.