Genetic Improvement programme

Emerging commercial farmer breeds for Ramproject

History was made when 10 rams of Mr Lawrence Maduna, emerging commercial farmer from Lady Grey, was delivered to the Ngcobo community as part of the Genetic Improvement Programme (GIP) of the NWGA, funded by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR).  These rams formed part of the 2 973 commercially bred-rams which were introduced to communities during April / May 2016 and have been bred to be fully adapted to the veld and farming conditions of the communal farming areas of the Eastern Cape.

The NWGA established three communal ram breeders and assisted them with training and mentorship to manage and breed quality rams. Selection of rams to be approved for the GIP was done by the independent specialist for the GIP, Mr Abrie Aucamp.  Each emerging breeder was given 90 pregnant quality ewes from commercial breeders involved in the program.  This further resulted in closer cooperation with DRDLR personnel and the involvement of other role-players such as Brokers, Sponsors, Farmers’ Cooperatives and Dignitaries. 

“I am grateful for the assistance and empowerment by the NWGA and for grating me the opportunity to be part of the transformation process”, said Lawrence, a sheep and cattle farmer.  The support received from family, friends, the donation of a ram by Geoff Kingwill and advice from neighbouring farmers and Mr. Kama and Mjongile who started the project with him, has contributed to the success of the scheme.

The NWGA would like to thank Mr. Maduna for his unfailing perseverance, good management skills and farming practices as well as his hands-on approach during different stages of the programme.  The NWGA is proud to be associated with a fully-fledged emerging commercial breeder. 

RSG Landbou interviewed Leon de Beer, NWGA GM on 21 July 2016 where he relates to the history of the Genetic Improvement Scheme.  Listen here.

RSG Landbou interviewed Lawrence on 21 July 2016.  Listen here


Developing wool farmer runs self-sustaining farming operation

Meet Mr. Lawrence Maduna, NWGA chairperson for the Joe Gqabi district who is a developing sheep and wool farmer who runs a self-sustaining farming operation on his farm, Elsieskraal, near Lady Grey. "To be sustainable, you must farm within your means and have all your costs covered by what you produce", he advises.  Discover his secret of farming in the harsh conditions of the northeastern Cape.

Genetic improvement of woolled sheep in communal farming areas

Photo essay of rural development project performed by the NWGA and funded by DRDLR