At a recent public auction in Port Elizabeth, local farmer Dickie Ogilvie of Doorndraai achieved a new world record price of R180 per kilogram for a bale of mohair. The fleece, which had been classed and baled according to micron, length, style and character, will be washed and processed into yarn by the buyer. This particular bale was 31 micron adult.
Ogilivie has been farming at Doorndraai since 1987. His father-in-law John Watermeyer started on the farm in 1965, with merinos and angoras. Now, as well as the angora goats, Ogilvie also has dorpers, merino and Nguni cattle. Before farming became his life, he studied at the University of Port Elizabeth (now NMMU), and taught biology and geography for many years, including a spell at Union High School. An avid sportsman, he represented Eastern Province and South African Universities at cricket.
For the last five years he has been chairman of the Aberdeen Club, and is in his second year as chairman of the Aberdeen Farmers Association. As such he is very involved in the fight against fracking in the Karoo, and also represents the interests of the farming community at the Aberdeen Ratepayers Association.
His family and friends are delighted that he has once again put Aberdeen on the map!