Boer Goat breeding stock:

  • Ideally, the station can carry between 200 and 250 breeding females at any given time.  This would result in about 100 gimmers and 100 bucks being sold to farmers each year.
  • For the stocking mentioned above, at least 100 ha would be required for grazing; 20 ha would be under browse species and 20 ha would be required to grow maize for energy source for the stock.
  • Currently, the Institute is not meeting demand for breeding stock from clients.  Additional investment to upscale stock production would improve supply.
  • The Institute is in the process of meeting due deligence for registration to be in the Boer Goat Breeders Society.

Dorper Sheep breeding stock:

  • The Institute targets to maintain a flock of 200 ewes (breeding females) or more.  This would allow for sale of at least 100 gimmers and 50 rams per year.
  • There is very high demand for breeding stock by livestock farmers already rearing sheep and those wanting to embark on sheep farming.
  • The current target is to retain as many females as possible for rebuilding the flock.
  • 100 ha would need to be set aside, under improved pastures and hay production for the purpose.  Another 25 ha for silage maize and grain is necessary to carry a breeding stock of at least 200 females.
  • Further investments in feed resources in the future can increase breeding stock.