Wool production: Biting lice chew into profits from your sheep’s wool

Most farmers only realise their sheep are infested with biting lice during late autumn and winter, when sheep having more than 6 months’ wool start biting and scratching themselves. A number of conditions may cause sheep to itch. The farmer will see sheep rubbing themselves against fences and gateposts, leaving…

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Wool production: Is there an ideal time to shear sheep?

Question: When is the best time to shear sheep? There is no ideal time that applies to every farm, and the decision depends on a number of factors. Other farm activities such as ploughing, sowing or reaping crops. These will interfere with shearing, where the farmer’s attention should be, as this…

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Judges impressed with exceptional quality of communal flock

Judges at the recent regional Eastern Cape wool sheep flock competition, held in Tarkastad, said the quality of sheep offered from communal farmers is exceptional. According to Abrie Aucamp, an independent National Wool Growers’ Association (NWGA) ram selector, the quality of sheep astounded judges. “They had a lot of difficulty…

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Communal woolgrowers’ association working together for a better future

The Qhumanco Woolgrowers’ Association in the Ngcobo district in South Africa’s Eastern Cape have taken control of their fate and built their own shearing shed. “We saw that wool has high value and we can uplift the community through wool production. That is why we decided to built the shearing…

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