n Farmer’s Weekly - An intensive sheep system that really works : livestock




Many farmers have tried intensive year-round lambing and given up after a year or so due to the extra work needed at specific times during the breeding programme. Now Dr Karin and Manie Wessels of the Mamre Dormer Stud in the Vrede district have developed a simple but highly effective system for the numerous tasks that farmers have to perform in such an enterprise. Karin started the project as a hobby in 2010 and spent two years struggling on her own. She realised why so many other farmers had said that intensive sheep farming was unsustainable. She was at the point of giving up when husband Manie, a project manager, stepped in and helped her implement a proper sheep management system.


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