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The Fairworld Story….

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1913

BARTHOLOMEUS JACOBUS VAN AARDT

1913

CAROLUS JOHANNES VAN AARDT

BARTHOLOMEUS JACOBUS VAN AARDT  –  was a horse breeder and trainer and only moved to small stock after more than 300  of his brood mares  were confiscated by the British Forces during the Anglo Boer War.

CAROLUS JOHANNES VAN AARDT founded the Fairworld Merino Stud on the 23rd of October 1913 on pure Bundemar Strains

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1914

1915

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

The first few bales of Merino Wool were loaded at Cookhouse Station to John Daverin & Co in Algoa Bay.

BUNDEMAR blood lines from Australia were introduced for the first time in 1915.

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1922

1924

Fairworld broke the S.A. record price

for merino wool the first time. This feat was repeated on numerous occasions in the years to follow.

The wool broker John Bowen described the Fairworld clip as ” DEEP GROWN, SUPER FINE IN QUALITY, SOUND IN STAPLE AND BEING VERY MUCH ADMIRED BY THE BUYERS”

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1925

1936

ACTON VAN AARDT

He had a predilection for the merino and was an astute judge of fine wool. He made his mark among the higher echelons of wool producers

A fleece from Fairworld was selected to represent S.A. – in the first ever world championship in Bradford, England.

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1957


1976

FARMERS WEEKLY AWARD & GOLD MEDAL

was awarded to Fairworld for the best wool in S.A.

WILLEM VAN AARDT, the present and forth generation owner of Fairworld  immediately started selecting for fertility and long stapled free growing fine wool after the stud was divided in 1976

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1978

1988

The beginning of an uninterrupted reign of 22 years as

S.A. FINE and/or  SUPER FINE WOOL CHAMPION.

THE FAIRWORLD LOGO

Designed by George Latsky. Today this logo is a well known symbol of HIGH QUALITY GENETIC FINE WOOL.

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1989

1990

FIRST FAIRWORLD RAM SALE

Mr. Cornelius Greyling of Wakkerstroom paid the highest price of R18,000.00.

FAIRWORLD’S FINEST MOMENT

World champion –  we defeated the best from Australia and New Zealand.

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1992

1994

S.A. RECORD PRICE FOR MERINO Foreign Agent was sold for R56,000.00 to Boontjieskraal Landgoed, Vaalplaas

L.Fick and H.J. Lotter of Caledon.

REWARD IN SHEARING SHED

We were rewarded for our efforts in the shearing shed as one of the best classed wool clips in S.A.

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2000

2001

MILLENNIUM CHAMPION 2000   UNDEFEATED FOR 22 YEARS

Fairworld showed the Champion Group of 3 Fleeces as well as the Champion Fine Wool ewe fleece

FAIRWORLD / PFIZER PROJECT

The influence of blankets on the quality

of wool were tested for the first time in S.A.

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2001

2001

ACTON VAN AARDT

Acton joined Fairworld as a fifth generation member involved with fine wool breeding.

POLL SIRE IMPORTED

“Lukis” a 6 tooth Poll ram measuring 15.3µ, was

acquired from the Grange Stud  in Western Australia. Lukis is the finest micron ram ever to be imported to S.A.

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2002

2002

BLUP at FAIRWORLD: In future all animals at Fairworld will be accompanied with BLUP (best linear unbiased predictions) predicted breeding values

THE FAIRWORLD BLUP GRAPH revealed excellent figures compared to the breed average

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2003

2003

THE CONTROVERSIAL ADVERTISEMENT   The “Keepers of Good Morals” had a field day and never stopped talking about Fairworld.
GROENBEK OMEGA STUD This stud was created to supply a genetically fine and plain animal in a ONE STOP operation
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2003


2004

HIGHEST PRICE in S.A. for 2003 – Nielbert van Heerden & Gerhard Kitching of Tarkastad  paid R54,000.00  for this superb Fine Wool  Sire.

COUNT ZEGNA VA CHALLENGE 2004 – Fairworld was the proud runner up for this prestige award. The Fairworld entry scored 91.9% and measuring 15.4µ

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2004

2007

THE FIRST GROENBEK OMEGA ever to be sold in S.A. went to Pyp Lombaard of Adelaide & Jannie Venter of  Volksrust.

THE MOST PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A SUPER FINE WOOL SIRE. P.T. Merino’s from Kokstad paid R30,000.00 for this 16.5µ micron ram.

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2008

2009

HIGHEST PRICE IN S.A. THIS SEASON  – R56,000.00  Jeff Hobson, Francois van Niekerk & Pyp Lombaard bought this superb 17.8µ sire for a price that equaled Fairworld’s own previous S.A. record

HIGHEST PRICE AT 21st BIRTHDAY SALE  – R26,000.00  Roekie le Roux from Witkrans, Carolina purchased this very well balanced high quality 18.2µ sire.

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2009


2010

SHEEP FARMER OF THE YEAR FINALIST

We were proud to be elected as one of the three finalist for the 2009 Voermol National Sheep Farmer of the Year Competition.

CEASAR – Best of the Best.

HIGHEST PRICE AT 22 SALE  – R26,000.00  Johan Greeff from Graaff Reinet purchased one of the best proven sires ever to be auctioned in this country.

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2010

2011

BARRIER – A TOUCH OF CLASS

ZEGNA CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE 2004 – Fairworld was the proud runner up for this prestige’s award. The Fairworld entry measured 15.3µ

BARRIER – NEW S.A. RECORD R250,000.00

Kerneels & BP Greyling of Wakkerstroom set a new S.A. Record when they  paid R250,000.00  for the best proven sire ever to be auctioned in this country.

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2012

2012

The 24th yearly Fairworld sale once again produced the highest average price of R10,000 per ram for the season.The highest price of R46,000 was paid by Boet & Jaco van der Merwe from Vrede.

During Smaldeel Veld Ram Sale, Fairworld fetched the highest average as well as highest price of R21,000 for a sire acquired by Bernhardt du Toit of Langrivier Boerdery, Koue Bokkeveld.

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2013

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2013

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The 25th yearly Fairworld sale once again produced the highest average price of R10,280 per ram for the season.Three rams were sold at the highest price of R30,000 each to Stefaans de Klerk of Kommadagga, Bernhardt du Toit of Langrivier Boerdery, Koue Bokkevelder and  Johan Trichardt of Ardnamuchan Estates, Bedford.

During 2013 Smaldeel Veld Ram Sale, Fairworld once again fetched the highest average as well as highest price of R19,000 for a sire acquired by Antonie (Pyp) Lombard  of Adelaide.

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2014

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2015 

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The 26th yearly Fairworld sale once again produced the highest average price of R11,280 per ram for the season.The highest price of R38,000 was paid by Leon Groenewalt of Riviersonderend.

The 27th yearly Fairworld sale once again produced the highest average price of R12,604.00 per ram for the season in South africa. The highest price of R200,000.00 was paid by Kerneels and B.P. Greyling from Wakkerstroom.

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2016

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2017

The 28th yearly Fairworld sale once again produced the highest average price of R12,980.00 per ram for the pre – winter ram sales in South Africa. The highest price of R50,000.00 was paid by Gert Terblanche of Vergundplase, Riviersonderend for a superb Fairworld Sire.

The 29th yearly Fairworld sale once again, like the previous 7 years, produced the highest average price of R13,265.00 per ram for the pre – winter ram sales in South Africa. The highest price of R36,000.00 was once again purchased by Gert Terblanche of Vergundplase, Riviersonderend.

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2017

History was made when the 29th Fairworld sale was held for the first time at Mulberry Grove, Cradock.
The buyers of the top four stud sires were Gert Terblanche, Leon Groenewald, Roekie le Roux and Stefaans de Klerk.