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The Australian Dohne Breeders Association
The Dohne Merino is a plain bodied, polled dual purpose sheep breed, developed in South Africa in 1938 to feed and clothe a growing population. The breed was developed by the South African Agricultural Department by crossing a German Meat Merino to a Peppin Merino Strain.
Imported into Australia in 1997/98 the breed today is well established in all States of Australia. The breed is characterised by a hardiness, high fertility, rapid growth rates and easy care. It has a propensity to produce white/apparel merino wool of high quality in the 18 to 21 micron range and has the ability to rear and produce marketable lambs by the age of 6 to 9 months.