Wynand’s tried and tested transport trailer
DOHNE MERINO, FARMING | Dec 5, 2018
How do you transport 700 Dohne Merino ewes and their lambs – twice a week – to better grazing?
For Wynand du Toit of Suidplaas Dohnes, it meant designing a new partitioned trailer – likely to be one of its kind in South Africa.
Wynand’s trailer is featured in the ‘Landbouweekblad’ magazine of 7 December 2018, showcasing the innovative design.
Here’s what Wynand did.
He designed a ‘double-story’ trailer. It’s divided into eight compartments (top and bottom) – each with its own ramp. Each compartment takes a maximum of five ewes. In order to keep ewes and their lambs together during the transport process, the lambs of those five ewes are placed in the compartment directly above their moms. The ramps also serve as the gates to close the compartments.
It’s the ideal support tool to his enormous lambing shed.
In the shed, up to 700 ewes each lamb in their own ‘booth’. Without the trailer, it would be more time consuming, impractical and impossible to chase the sheep to the camps from the shed near the house. The biggest challenge would be to ensure the lambs and their mothers aren’t separated during this process.
With the trailer, Wynand says he can now transport 40 ewes and their lambs, while avoiding the ensuing chaos. “There is no struggle to keep ewes and their lambs together,” he says.
While it takes a couple of trips to transport the herd, it’s a much more streamlined process than herding the sheep, he adds.
The trailer was built by Wouter Metcalff of Riviersonderend, known for his steelworks, and has been tested by Wynand since 2011.