The Scheepers broers Merino stud started in 1965 .
We are located in the Eastern Free –State close to Fouriesburg.
We have our yearly auction every February and we delivery about a 1000 animal’s on this auction. We produce 4- 5 kg fleece wool per ewe, anything from 18 – 22 micron.
Our Merino’s are a unique dual purpose breed, producing unequaled top quality medium to ultra-fine wool and marketable carcass from a wide spectrum of grazing / climatic conditions.
We let our Merino’s graze on our sourveld ,corn fields, wheat fields(winter time) and some green pastures we plant.
It’s a excellent dual purpose breed and it’s one of the most economic converters in the sheep industry and that is why we choose to farm with this breed.
Our Merino’s are highly fertile with good mothering qualities. They also have great adaptability to all climates. We help produce some of South Africa’s finest quality wool in the business every year.
Our lambs usually weighs about 16-24 kg graded A3 prime meat.
Merino Lamb is genetically lean, succulent, rich in flavour, low in kilojoules and rich in protein, iron and vitamins.
Merino wool is odourless, price competitive, has natural UV protection, warmth breathability and moisture management
You will find Merino sheep in almost every district of South Africa . Merinos, in great numbers will be found in the drier Northern Cape province, on the fertile lands of the winter rainfall areas of the Western Cape and millions of Merino sheep run on the Karooveld and Grassveld of the Eastern Cape and Free State.
South Africa was the first country outside Europe which owned Merinos
This history stretched back as far as 1789, when the Dutch Government donated two Spanish Merino Rams and four Spanish Merino Ewes to Col. Jacob Gordon, the military commander at the Cape at that time, on an experimental basis. These sheep were initially the property of the King of Spain, who had the sole right to export Merinos.
However, the King sent a number of sheep from his famous Escoriale Merino Stud as a gift to the House of Orange. The sheep could not adjust to the high rainfall in the Netherlands and were therefore sent to Col. Gordon. He immediately realised the possibilities of this breed and decided to keep it pure, grazing them on the Company farm Groenkloof, 55km from Cape Town. By 1830 wool sheep farming in the Western and South Western Cape was already fairly well established. The next expansion was eastwards. The 1820 Settlers played an important role in this extension and development of Merino flocks. In 1834 the Great Trek started and the Voortrekkers took their sheep flocks northwards with them