The mohair sale of 16 April in Port Elizabeth had the biggest turnover, in excess of R46 million, at a single broker. OVK’s manager of mohair, Pierre van der Vyver, reports that it was the biggest sale of the season with the best quality mohair.

Jerry and Wayne Pienaar of Bokvlei Farming, Beaufort West, stole the limelight with a world record price for adults at R420/kg. The same clip set a new record for average price for a total clip at R16.84/kg.

“We have to thank the terrible drought currently raging in our area. At least it is making mohair finer to get better prices. The better prices alleviate some of the financial pain we face in feed costs,” said Jerry Pienaar.

Paul Broeksma from Teerputs Farming, Aberdeen equalled the current world record price for young goats at R490/kg, and Paul Webber from Grahamstown set a new seasonal record for summer kids at R621/kg. “This really says something about the mohair industry. The farmers are facing the worst drought in 100 years and the buyers face border closure from China, one of South Africa’s most important buyers of semi-processed mohair, because of the foot and mouth disease outbreak here, and we still experienced a record sale,” said van der Vyver. – Press release