The small stock auction held at the recent Windhoek Agriculture Show was a resounding success.
Agra Limited communications officer, Albé Snyman has stressed the prices paid at the auction for small stock showed breeders and farmers are not deterred by the current drought situation and remain committed to investing in good genetic material.
“The Boer goat, Kalahari red, as well as Damara sheep breeds all held national championships at the show and record prices were paid for top genetics from these breeds at the auction,” she says.
The highest price ever in Namibia was paid out for a Damara ram and ewe, which were sold for N$30 000 and N$17 000, respectively to Deon Vlok from Calvinia, South Africa.
Both the Damara ram and ewe belonged to Daantjie Jansen van Vuuren, who in addition, sold another a Damara ram to Piet Coetzee for N$22 000.
An additional ewe belonging to Andre Botha was bought by Deon Vlok for N$14 000. Van Vuuren’s luck did not stop there as he managed to sell three more ewes for N$13 000, N$7 000 and N$6 000, respectively.
In the national championship, animals from this stud were crowned as junior, senior and grand champion, as well as the reserve senior and reserve grand champion and achieved an average of N$16 800 for five rams at the auction.
In total, as pointed out by Snyman, 16 Damara rams were sold for an average of N$10 031 while 11 Damara ewes went for an average of N$6 773.
A certain Johannes Motinga paid the highest price for a Boer goat ram, which was an elite ram of Erik Strauss at N$54 000. Strauss also sold two more rams for N$22 000 to DH Cloete and N$21 000 to Deon Vlok.
“Willie Coetzee sold the second most expensive Boer goat ram for N$50 000 to NC Horn while Dirk Louw sold a ram from his stud for N$45 000 to AJ Olivier.”
Boer goat rams achieved an excellent average of N$21 750 for 14 stud rams. Boer goat ewes also did well at the auction with four elite ewes selling for an average of N$11 625 and a highest price of N$18 000 for an ewe of Dirk Louw, bought by AJ Olivier.
Three Kalahari red rams were sold for an average of N$11 333 and a highest price of N$18 000.
The total average price of N$12 308 was achieved for the 71 goats of all breeds, Boer goat, Kalahari red and indigenous goats, male and female. Sheep breeds included Dorper, Gelapper, Van Rooy, Veldmaster and Damara and a total of 72 male and female animals were sold for an average price of N$7 274.