A Product Must Have A Market

Stockfarm|May 2020

A Product Must Have A Market
Johan van der Schyff was named Toyota Agri SA’s National Young Farmer of the Year at the end of 2019.
Carin Venter

Stockfarm visited him to find out more about his small-stock enterprise in the Karoo. Johan believes in teamwork and sides with South Africa’s younger producers, whom he says carry an enormous responsibility on their shoulders to ensure food security. Right off the bat he says it is crucial for the country’s producers to remain positive and to believe in themselves.

“If I can give one piece of advice to anyone who wants to start a new project from scratch, it is to do thorough market research so that you can make the right decisions. For example, make sure there is a market for your product. If something works for your neighbours, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have the same success.”

Although Dagbreek Eiers, his egg production enterprise near Plettenberg Bay, takes up a lot of his time, Johan has always been fond of small stock. As a result he runs two separate small-stock farming enterprises in the Karoo. The first is a fully automated feedlot on the farm Ouklip, about 50km from Willowmore, in which approximately 1 500 lambs are fed per month. The second is JJ Boerdery, which he operates in partnership with Johan du Pisani on Ouplaas in the Aberdeen district.

Feedlot and partnership

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May 2020