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The Dohne Merino is a naturally polled plain-bodied sheep with white wool and adult ewes weigh between 50 and 75 Kg.



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Dohne wool is free of dark and medullated fibres and is sold as merino wool.

Mature animals produce on average 5 to 6 kgs of wool within the micron ranges of 18 to 21 mics. Wool

length at 12 months is in excess of 90 mm with good spinning counts. The breed aims to produce between 5 and 8% clean wool as a percentage of the mature animals body weight.

Research in South Africa has shown that wool production levels that fall in this range enhance the animal’s ability to raise healthy, robust lambs and maintain their fertility. This formula has become known as the “wool production potential” (WPP%).



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Dohne lambs are ideally suited to the modern trends in red meat consumption, that being a leaner, higher yielding carcass so that the consumer will get more meat for the same price as with other breeds that do not yield as high.

Fat distribution is even over the whole carcass and is generally of a fine texture.

The animal’s ability to put on muscle as opposed to fat has made the dohne very popular with feedlotters and gains of up to 450 grams per day are already being achieved under lotting conditions.



In today’s economic climate this is probably the most important trait that drives profit. The greater the fertility the greater the amount of product that one has to sell. In South Africa where the breed has been going for the longest period of time lambing percentages of 120% – 150% are consistently achieved across a wide range of eco systems.

It has been recorded in Australia that 10-month-old ewe lambs have achieved 60% lambing percentages with relative ease, effectively giving the animal an extra lamb in her productive life. Where dohne rams have been joined to purebred merino ewes, improvements of between 10 and 20% have been consistently noted. Joining percentages of between 1 and 2% rams have produced above average lambings, this means fewer rams are necessary at mating time, an added saving to the farmer.

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Mothering abilities

Coupled with high lambing percentages is the need to be able to rear multiple animals that attain marketable weights within the prescribed time frames. The dohne ewe, provided she is adequately cared for displays exceptional mothering abilities and is capable of rearing multiple progeny under most productive systems.



Dohnes display different eating habits to other sheep in that they are non-selective grazers and can generally survive and produce in an array of different eco systems. The sheep originated in the harsh “sourveld’ of the Eastern Cape of South Africa where a severe protein drought occurs during the winter months. Dohnes have the ability of converting inferior vegetation into sustainable products without too much supplementation. In Australia the breed is being farmed in previously marginal sheep areas. This does not mean that it is only suited to harsh eco systems.

The breed has enjoyed an even distribution across the country and has now also become popular in South America and the Falkland Islands where rainfall is considerably higher than in Australia and South Africa, enhancing the breeds’ ability to adapt to a wide range of climatic environs.

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Australian Dohne Breeders' Association
Australian Dohne Breeders' Association4 days ago
📢AMSEA Coonong Sire Evaluation Open Day
📌Wednesday 21 February 2024
📌Coonong Station, Urana NSW
The Coonong Sire Evaluation Open Day will be a special event for the ADBA with the release of the ewe reproductive data from the Dohne Sire Evaluation Trial. In addition, the results of the meat-eating-quality tests will be presented.
On the day, the ewes currently in the evaluation will be on display, and details of the 2nd year of reproduction phase of the evaluation will be discussed. The following day (Thursday 22nd) there will be a debriefing held with all members welcome to also attend.
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Australian Dohne Breeders' Association
Australian Dohne Breeders' Association6 days ago
Expressions of Interest for a Photographer
The ADBA is looking for a dedicated photographer for next year’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo VIC.
As you are all fully aware the Dohne will be the Feature Breed in 2024. The association would like to capture this milestone event with quality photos.
You would need to be able to attend the 3 days, Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July 2024.
If you have artistic flair and a strong eye for visual storytelling, we would love hear from you, please email
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