Record prices are not only paid for sought-after game from the Eastern Cape.
The humble angora ram, the backbone of the South African mohair industry, came under the spotlight when a 30-year old record was shattered and a ram sold for R118 000.
The ram belonged to none other than the Willowmore farming family of Billy and son Fred Colborne.
They are no strangers to collecting accolades, having recently won the 2014 Ermenegildo Zegna Trophy – the country’s top mohair award, which the family had won more than once before.
The recent ram record price was achieved when the Colbornes were guest-sellers at the Van Hasselt private angora veld-ram sale in Willowmore.
The ram, of which the fleece tests 31.7micron, was bought by Cassie Carstens of Cape Mohair and Wool (CMW) on behalf of George Stegmann, of the Willowmore district.
The previous record was in 1985 when R111 000 was paid for a ram from Matyrsford Angoras .
CMW executive Pierre van der Vyver said the latest record capped an outstanding marketing year for the Colbornes, who have farmed angoras at their farm Kilborne for five generations.
“The Colbornes currently also hold the record of R850.50/kg for an individual bale of mohair and can write the highest clip average ever of R338.54/kg against their name.
“Added to the new record price for their stud ram, this bears testimony of their five decades of dedication to the industry,” Van der Vyver said.
The average price of the eight stud rams sold at the sale was R 42 500 per animal.
– Business Reporter