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Bare breech for Wakool ewes

Wakool district sheep producer Craig Basham said the decision to focus on breeding Dohne as the basis of his family’s sheep enterprise was due to their bare breech, so he didn’t have to mules. Mr Basham along with his wife, Tammy, and son, Bradley, run 2000 Dohne ewes in a self-replacing flock alongside 170 cows on the 2630 hectare property, “Yallawa”, which has been in the family since 1957 when his grandfather started share farming. Continue reading

Wool and meat benefits

A MERINO breeder of three generations at Graman near Inverell, Wayne Lowe turned to Dohnes 10 years ago for their dual wool and meat benefits. Continue reading

The ‘best of both worlds’

BOTH carcase and wool quality are achievable using dual purpose Dohne genetics, says Barker Trading Partnership owner, Wal Barker, “Cooroora”, Grenfell. He owns and leases land for his mixed farming enterprise across a total of 1821 hectares. Previously a pure Merino breeder of many years, Mr Barker said they changed to Dohnes when the wool prices slumped and did not pick up for 15 years. “We were selling wether lambs and thought we better have a better body,” he said. Mr Barker now joins 3400 pure Dohne ewes to lamb in September. His flock is self-replacing and he retains up to 90 per cent of the ewe lambs each year. Continue reading

Sheep part of the Panizza plan

Nick and Simon have both returned to the farm to work alongside their parents and grandparents in the 5000 hectare mixed enterprise and say the family has always run sheep on their owned and leased properties. “We moved here from Southern Cross in 2003 and we’ve had Dohne ewes since then,” Nick said. “We’ve found the fertility of the Dohnes is better than Merinos and they’ve got the meat side of things too. Continue reading

Producer bullish on wool

Mr Gamble said the decision to breed a dual-purpose meat and wool sheep 12 years ago had given him some extra security in a tough year. “The meat side is better than a pure Merino, while still having white wool,” Mr Gamble said. Continue reading

Sheep help Koorda farm spread risk

“I hope we’re not going to have to sell any of the breeders, because we’ve got them right where we want them as far as balance between weight gain and wool production,” he said. “That is why we breed Dohne, because they put the kilograms on quicker than a Merino and also get a reasonable wool cut off them.” Continue reading

Cunnamulla property looks to exclusion fencing

Traditionally a Merino property, she introduced South African Dohne sheep to build a flock with 19 micron average wool and also meat qualities if the season permitted. Continue reading

First Muresk intake celebrates graduation

It was a team effort involving Muresk, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Central Regional Tafe, an advisory committee, a lot of individuals, plus the secret element – Royalties for Regions (RfR) – and they all came together as the first cohort graduated from Muresk last week. Continue reading

Sheep index analysis: best breeders fast tracking genetic gain

GENETIC gain should be a key performance indicator for livestock producers., according to Sheep Technical Specialist with DPI Luke Stephen. Demonstrating the range in gain between the top and bottom 20 per cent of farmers, based on profit indexes, Mr Stephen showed a recent leading breeder’s forum just how big the gap was. For maternal flocks, the difference was about three points. Continue reading

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