The three daughter studs are all leading Karoo Merino farmers in the Karoo from the Graaff-Reinet and Murraysburg districts. They have bought Wellwood Merino rams over many decades, and started buying as a group in 2012.
The Wellwood stud in the Graaff-Reinet district is home to one of the oldest and most respected Merino studs in South Africa. Wellwood is a member of Phoenix Merinos and will also continue with its own sales.
“Our aim, as a Wellwood daughter stud, is to live up to the Wellwood tradition of absolute quality, hence our motto 'Balance & Quality'.
We are confident that all farmers looking for Merino rams will be able to purchase extremely good rams at a very competitive price at our auction. Over and above this, we would also like you to come and enjoy our auctions and the hospitality of Phoenix Merinos.”
One of the first Wellwood sires the group bought together was Sir Richard in 2012 for R190 000 on the national sale, which is the highest price that Robert Rubidge has achieved to date for a ram. Sir Richard is a special animal with magnificent wool, a wonderful attitude and very good conformation.
52 is a big, long-bodied ram with excellent quality wool.
52 was sold to Wikus Cloete in 2010 for R52 000 and Phoenix Merinos used his semen.
64 has very bright, excellent quality- and definition wool, correct conformation and good attitude.
64 was sold to Wikus Cloete in 2008 for R64 000 and Phoenix Merinos used his semen.
Sire 65 is a robust upstanding ram with attitude, bright well defined soft handling wool.
Sire 65 was bought from Wellwood at the 2015 National Sale for R65 000.
A sound, solid ram with excellent feet and bulky wool.
‘Biggs’ bought by William Biggs of Phoenix Merinos from Wellwood in 2009 for R39 000.
Breebors is a big, robust ram with very good forequarters.
Breebors remains the the property of Wellwood. His semen was used by Phoenix Merinos members.
Dries is a neat ram with very good feet, correct conformation and bright, well-defined wool.
Dries was originally bought from Wellwood by Andries Pienaar for R26 000 in 2010. Phoenix Merinos subsequently bought Dries from Pienaar.
Goliath is a very big, square ram with sound, medium wool.
Phoenix Merinos bought Goliath for R80 000 in 2013.
Middelpen was bought at the 2015 National Sale for R46 000 from Wellwood.
Middelpen is a well conformed ram, deep body and excellent topline carrying a sound medium wool.
“I have been to see the rams and I am very impressed with them. Their hind legs are very good, they have strong heads and they are big, robust sheep.” - Kleintjie Pienaar BKB’s field officer in the Graaff-Reinet district.