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SAMIL | Mohair | Wool | Tops | Yarn | Knit | Weaving | Fiber | Angora | Goats | South Africa
SAMIL | Mohair | Wool | Tops | Yarn | Knit | Weaving | Fiber | Angora | Goats | South Africa
 

SAMIL | Mohair | Wool | Tops | Yarn | Knit | Weaving | Fiber | Angora | Goats | South Africa

“SAMIL supports Developing Mohair farmers and therefore making a considerable contribution in the Mohair Industry in South Africa”

SAMIL wants to empower and train developing farmers to ensure the growth of the Mohair Industry within South Africa. Farmers receive the necessary training to empower them to become financially independent over a period of time.

The idea for a BBBEE project within the Mohair industry came from Malcolm Classen former CEO of the SAMIL group in 2006.

The Story

In 2007 SAMIL embarked on a BBBEE initiative on a 1350ha farm made available by the Ikwezi Municipality for the training of emerging Angora Goat farmers. Together with the Ikwezi Municipality, the Department of Agriculture made funds available for setting up sheds, purchasing of fencing material to erect fences and to provide water points in an effort to create a well-managed infrastructure on the Hardwood farm.

The Hardwood farm forms a large part of the BBBEE initiative within the Mohair Industry. The farm is now co-ordinated by the Empowerment Trust of the Mohair Industry. Funding for the training is a collaborative effort by SAMIL, Mohair SA, The South African Mohair Growers Association, Ikwezi Municipallity, Department of Agrarian Reform and Agriculture and various other government departments.

The first training commenced at Hardwood farm in March 2007 with two hundred and ten ewes and eight rams made available for training purposes by SAMIL. The training runs over a period of three years where developing farmers are taught all the aspects of Angora goat farming and mohair production including; mating, kidding, rearing of kids, shearing, packing of hair, evaluating and classing of animals and mohair and animal health. General maintenance of a farm is also covered in the training which includes; fencing, windmill maintenance, vermin control and the basic principles of sustainable farming.

After training, the Department of Agriculture is approached to assist these farmers in acquiring their own farms. This allows them to farm independently as commercial Angora goat farmers.

“Developing farmers are taught all aspects of Angora goat farming and mohair production”


The Hardwood Students - Developing the first group on Hardwood farm.


The community of Klipplaat selected a group of five people for training, three men and two ladies. The first group of students completed their training in July 2010 and were located on the farm Uitkomst in the Ikwezi district. Mr Ray Hobson was appointed as mentor of this group by the Cacado District Municipality.

Over the three years of training the Angora goat flock grew by 150 animals. SAMIL Farming then donated these animals to the trained farmers and by doing this giving them a start in the Mohair Farming industry.

SAMIL guarantees to purchase all Mohair produced by the emerging farmers at market related prices, therefore linking them with the commercial value chain.

In an effort to add further value, SAMIL’s team decided to manufacture a range of socks from their mohair to support these emerging farmers. Approximately 250kg of premium kid mohair was spun together with an equal amount of South African Merino wool to produce a premium men’s dress sock. Ladies socks are also available and future projects will commence to support farmers.

These products have been sold in stores across South Africa since 2011.
A percentage of the sales revenue is put back into the Empowerment Initiative in order to nurture and sustain this important industry in the Eastern Cape.

The Second Group – Developing the second group on the Hardwood farm.

The second training group of five started in Sept 2010 and completed their training in 2013. Towards the end of 2014 this group bought the 210 ewes belonging to SAMIL Farming to start their own flock of animals. A two year lease agreement was agreed apon between this group and the Ikwezi Municipality, SAMIL farming then made 900 kapaters available to them which are run on a 50/50 partnership, 2.6 Tons of Mohair has been shorn from these kapaters during the last year.

 

 

 

SAMIL | Mohair | Wool | Tops | Yarn | Knit | Weaving | Fiber | Angora | Goats | South Africa