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How have regional sheep populations fared since 2013?

Across Australia, regions recording growth in sheep populations since 2013 are far and few in between – with climatic challenges and shifting production systems underpinning the flock decline over the past few years. Continue reading

Producer seeks the best of both worlds

After a steady climb from a small flock of Dohne breeders to more than 1000, a Larras Lee producer is confident the dual-purpose breed could be the one to watch, as more producers look to gain maximum use out of their sheep. Chris Reiss with partner Wendy Crockett, “Iona”, Larras Lee, near Molong, operates a mixed farming operation, including 1400 Dohne breeding ewes. Continue reading

George Hamilton of Farmer George lamb at Mudgee focuses on holistic management practices

THE holistic management practices George Hamilton has implemented on his farm have hit the right nerve with city consumers. The approach is improving the bottom line of his business, the ecology on his farm and his quality of life. Continue reading

Australian Dohne Merino sheep genetics excelling in South America

AUSTRALIA looks set to continue being the source of South America’s Dohne Merino sheep genetics with the trade worth a significant amount to local breeders. Continue reading

Rethink genetic traceability, producer says

A RETHINK on genetic traceability has been proposed by last year’s winner of the JBS Great Southern Lamb Supplier of the Year Awards. South Australia’s Wayne Hawkins, Circle H Farms, Frances, was up against hundreds of producers to win the JBS competition with Dohne/White Suffolk prime lambs. Continue reading

National focus on breeding ewe flock

The Australian sheep industry will continue to focus on improving the national breeding ewe base, after the gradual decline for more than 20 years has prompted producers to look to breeds carrying desirable maternal traits. Continue reading

Forging new relationships between producers and students

One year on and an education partnership forging new relationships between Dohne producers and students entering the livestock industry, is opening pathways for the long term future of the breed. Continue reading

National Dohne Ram Sale reaches top of $20,000

ROSEVILLE Park Dohnes has topped the National Dohne Ram Sale with a $20,000 price tag. Held during the inaugural Global Dohne Conference, 13 vendors offered 39 rams and sold 23, to an average of $4815. Continue reading

Dohnes judged for first time at Australian Sheep and Wool Show

DOHNE sheep were shown and judged for the first time ever in Australia at this year’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo. With more than 40 international delegates in Australia for the Global Dohne Conference, Australian breeders used the opportunity put their sheep under examination using a unique judging system. Continue reading

Breeders look forward to showcasing Dohnes at Australian Sheep and Wool Show

A FLOCK of Dohne breeders will muster at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo this week as part of a world conference for the breed. Dohnes are celebrating 50 years of the breed, and Australia will host the breed’s Global Dohne Conference. Continue reading
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