The NWGA strive to stabilise and / or improve the cost efficiency of woolled sheep farming systems in the non-communal sector by implementing appropriate (new and improved) production technology systems.
The NWGA strive to improve both the quality and quantity of wool produced in the communal woolled sheep farming areas of South Africa.
Shearer Training sector
NWGA manages a national shearer training programme for the provision of a pool of trained shearers from which growers, shearing contractors and brokers can course labour for an effective and professional wool harvesting process
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The NWGA launched its first photo competition to build up a library of pictures featuring woolled sheep. The theme of the competition was “Capturing the Wool Sheep”. A total of 178 entries were received - quite astonishing for the first attempt! Participants were not restricted with the number of entries – the most were received from an Eastern Cape Executive member and farmer from Barkly East - Tink and Leanie Strydom with 25 entries.
The Judging panel consisted of Kirk West and John Grosse of the Port Elizabeth Camera Club. Kirk has a honours award from the Photographic Society of SA and both gentleman belongs to FPSSA (Fellowship of the Photographic Society of SA).
Because most images appeared to be either too bright or lacking in colour, the images were slightly edited. Areas of lighting, colours and density enhancing were brought about - no cropping or changing of objects was applied and technical errors were ignored. This specifically applies to the Top 36 images.
Congratulations to Frans Stottelaar of Fra Nê Photography with the winning photograph, which, according to the judges, had the most impact. The angle of the lighting, the arm stretching, the fleece on the table - you knew exactly what the shearer was doing.
Congratulations to the runner up, Elsa Featherstone, capturing “Hamels oppad kraal toe” in the Graaff-Reinet district. According to the judges, this photo had the most potential for colours.
The National Woolgrowers held their annual conference on 3 & 4 June 2015 in Port Elizabeth. A high profile line up of guest speakers including Mr. Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Prof. Theuns Eloff, Director of Companies and Consultant as well as Mr. Hans van der Merwe, Executive Director: Agri SA stimulated discussion on the Congress theme "Wool forward in a changing environment in SA." A high contingent of representatives from DAFF, Dept. Rural Development and Land Reform including Mr. Mlibo Qoboshiyane, MEC for Dept. Rural Development and Agrarian Reform were present. The programme was divided into the following sessions:
Positioning yourself for a future in South Africa
Mr. Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said that "intensifying production in quality breeds and supporting infrastructure development in rural areas, will greatly increase the contribution of wool production to employment in the sector. Read the opening address.