Sheep and goat farming is practiced throughout South Africa. There are over 8 000 commercial sheep farms throughout the country and about 5 800 communal farmers. The estimated number of sheep in South Africa is 28.8 million. Dorper is a highly successful South African-bred mutton breed developed specially for the more arid areas of South Africa. Today they are widely spread throughout the country. The Dorper’s excellent carcass qualities in terms of conformation and fat distribution, generally qualify it for top classification. They are especially concentrated in more arid parts of the country. Other mutton breeds which can also produce wool are Damara, Meatmaster, Ille de France, Dormer, Suffolk, Van Rooy and Vandor. South Africa is a relatively small goat producing country and possesses only approximately 3% of Africa’s goats and less than 1% of the world’s number of goats. The Boer goat, Savanna and Kalahari Red are currently recognized as commercial goat breeds for the production of meat and skins and small quantities of cashmere.

DNA profile analysis is important in farming sheep and goats because it can improve the knowledge of the flock dynamics, to determine a ram’s service capacity, to determine which ram sires the progeny (especially important for commercial producers), confirms breeding and ensures the integrity of blood lines.

Sample requirements:

For sheep and goats, the sample of choice for DNA testing is hair (containing roots), tissue or blood.

Animal Genetics price list documents can here found here.

Dear valued supporters and suppliers

As the total effect of the COVID-19 lockdown becomes clear and the knock-on effect of this action is realized, Unistel Medical Laboratories has pro-actively put procedures in place to firstly ensure the absolute safety of staff and secondly to ensure the seamless continued functioning of the laboratory to provide essential diagnostic testing. No patient services, cytogenetic, Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (FISH) and DNA testing can or will be compromised as this is an essential critical service. Staff will ensure services continue by working in non-overlapping shifts, keep social distance and completing as much analysis and reporting work electronically from home.

Unistel Medical Laboratories is committed to the huge effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19, but will also continue to provide essential world-class diagnostic and DNA testing services.

The veterinary diagnostic services will be continued on the same basis.

As all supporters will realize the turn-around time for results may be compromised slightly, but rest assured, Unistel Medical Laboratories will still do our level best to maintain timely service.