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Productive ewes: the bedrock of the Jordaan Merino stud

The basis of the Andrew Jordaan en Seuns Merino stud is a flock of 3 500 highly productive ewes that have a mean weight of between 55kg and 60kg and produce an average of 1,5 lambs a year and 3,8kg of wool every eight months. These admirable figures can be attributed largely to laparoscopic artificial insemination (LAI), a solid fodder flow programme and efficient management.

A FAMILY OPERATION

The Merino stud is part of a larger family operation of cropping, dairy and beef in the greater Cradock area of the Eastern Cape. Andrew Jordaan Jr’s father and two older brothers manage separate divisions, with Jordaan himself responsible for the small-stock operations, which

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