NWGA honours key contributors

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During the recent annual general meeting of the National Wool Growers’ Association (NWGA), Eastern Cape Communal farmer, Zolani Tsheko, was elected as second vice chairperson after Sipiwo Makinana announced his retirement. Tsheko’s responsibility will be driven by the needs of communal farmers.

Billy van Zyl was unanimously elected as national chairperson of the association. It will be his third year. He is steering this dynamic organisation with the assistance of vice-chairperson, HB van der Walt, who was also unanimously elected.

Read more about NWGA’s recent sheep day in Harrismith here.

Trompsburg triumphs as best economic group

Several awards were also presented at the event. For the sixth time since 2017, Trompsburg was the recipient of the Bennie van der Merwe Trophy for the most economic study group.

Two of the four NWGA Head Office staff members were honoured with long service awards at the NWGA annual general meeting. They are general manager, Leon de Beer, (20 years) and public relations officer, Bonita Francis, (30 years).

Communal sheds rewarded for development

The NWGA / Zoetis Prestige Awards honours regional shearing sheds for achieving outstanding results in developing their sheep project for an increased wool income and then elects an overall winner as the best communal shearing shed.

Region 20 Lumanyano Woolgrowers, Tsolo, received the award for most improved shearing shed. They produced 52 bales, with no bin bales, which shows good improvement and received an average price of R66/kg, with an average micron of 19,6.

Region 21 Allen Waters Woolgrowers, Whittlesea, reaped the benefits of being involved with the NWGA for many years. They have received training in shearing, wool classing, and sheep management. They produced 46 bales, of which 1 bin bale was identified, and received an average price of R109/kg, with an average micron of 18,8. The market price was R169/kg, with the hoggets recording 16,8 microns. It just goes to show that producers can achieve surprising results if they are prepared to buy good-quality rams and improve flocks without relying on government for assistance. Allen Waters was also selected as the overall winner.

Region 23 Ludumo Shearing Shed, situated between Dordrecht and Queenstown produced 73 bales, receiving an average price of R108,77 for wool clip, with hogget price fetching R150/kg and an average micron of 18,8.

Region 24 Luzie Shearing Shed, Mount Fletcher, produced 83 bales for the season, receiving an average price of R107,20/kg, with highest price of R135/kg paid for hogget wool and an average micron of 19,7.

Region 25 Upper Tele Shearing Shed, situated in Sterkspruit on the Lesotho border, produced 69 bales, receiving R118,75/kg, with hogget price fetching R196/kg and an average micron of 19,2. The average micron for the hogget line was 16,9 microns.

All the above shearing sheds, with the exception of Lumanyano, purchase their own rams to increase the quality of sheep flocks.

Silver ram award

Wool Trust chairperson, Herman van Schalkwyk, received a Silver Ram award from the NWGA. Although he could not receive it in person, Wool Trustee Dr Arno Moore and asset manager, André van de Venter, received the award on his behalf.

Van Schalkwyk received recognition for the number of years that he served on the NWGA national and provincial structures and even more so for his five terms of office at the Wool Trust, totalling 15 years’ service, which will conclude on 8 October 2023.

The Hollard Catastrophe Insurance risk cover was Van Schalkwyk’s brainchild. For this initiative, the NWGA was able to negotiate an affordable insurance product for wool sheep farmers, with NWGA members benefitting from a discounted rate.

Highest price for 2022 wool season

The South African Wool and Mohair Buyers Association (SAWAMBA) acknowledged the wool producer who fetched the highest price during the past season.

Paul Lynch presented a virtual award to Jacobus le Roux of The Plains, Cathcart, for producing 15,80-micron Merino lamb wool for a price of R303/kg.

Lynch is hopeful that an average price of between R250 and R300/kg will be fetched in the near future, as wool is a beautiful, niche fibre that people are prepared to pay high prices for. – press release, NWGA

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