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Key Results

  1. Between 2013 and 2021, the average rainfall was 106 mm and 
    yet the stocking rate remained above 7 kg/ha throughout the 
    nine-year period and rose to 10 kg/ha by 2021.

  2. Initially, some small camps provided two to three days of  grazing for 200 sheep; now, the same small camps support 300 sheep for three weeks. 

  3. Since 1974, the farm’s plant health and biodiversity are now in their best condition.

  4. Ewes weighing 45 kg produce 123% lambs per ewe per year; and lambs are slaughtered at 17 kg (slaughter weight) at 4-4.5 months old.

  5. During the recent ten-year dry cycle, the farm’s resilience has improved: de-stocking was not needed and only a few very old sheep perished. 

  6. Perennial grasses and shrubs increased during the drought.

  7. A lucrative additional income has been secured by selling veld rams from the farm. 

  8. Lick is only used as an indicator for the grazing quality of the camps and to determine when to move from camps.

  9. No parasites, therefore no dosing required; no injections (except for two Brucella species; and no shepherds required.

  10. Farming is eff ective and peaceful.

  11. Securing the property from predators through electric fencing and stone packing.

Farm Dabis South

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Jörg and Michelle Gaugler’s passion is to leave the farm in a better state than they received it. They are building on his father’s efforts.

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