For the past 50 years, the official Angora ram-selling season was held in the Somerset East district and 2019 was no exception. Although the spirit of the breeders and mohair farmers were affected by the crippling drought and massive downward trends in the prices of mohair, wool and meat, the Angora ram-selling season began on a positive note.

The new kid on the block of brokerage, The House of Fibre, took on the challenge. This marks the first time that the Angora Ram Breeders allocated this responsibility to The House of Fibre. The general manager of House of Fibre, Pierre van der Vyver, reports: “My team of technical field officers really pulled out all stops to make this sale a success in very trying circumstances. My hat goes off to them!”

Quality of the sale

Although the general quality was excellent, the offering of stud rams was limited. The best price of the day of R16 000 was paid for a ram bred by Ray, Gary and Donna Hobson of Steytlerville. T Petrus Marx of Wolmaransstad bought the ram.

Selected flock rams sold for an average price of R10 500/ram and good flock rams for R5 900. The young selected flock ewes on offer were sold for R1200/ewe to R1 800/ewe. The sale experienced a 100% clearance. – Press release, The House of Fibre