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2019-18 News

Dohnes a Cut Above the Rest

TOUGH conditions faced by farmers in Bremer Bay, Western Australia, have proven the durability of Dohnes to commercial sheep breeder and wool classer, Julie Leenhouwers, seeing wool results exceed expectations. ‘Cardiminup’, sits on approximately 2800 acres right on the coast of Bremer Bay between Albany and Esperance and generally experiences high rainfall with the last couple of years seeing drier, more challenging conditions. Continue reading

Dohne = Lambs on the Ground

NOEL CLEAR is on track to build his Dohne flock on his property in Bracknell, Tasmania. The traditionally high rainfall region, has presented some breeding challenges in the past with his original flock of Merinos. Mr Clear’s property ‘Gaters’, 1,400 acres 33km southwest of Launceston, Tasmania is a mixed farming operation running Angus cattle, Merino and now Dohne sheep. Continue reading

Dohnes Making a Mark in Many Ways

AFTER A DROP in the wool market during 2007, commercial breeder and shearer Brad Blackwood looked to change his strategy in sheep. Finding the Dohne to be capable of providing more than just quality wool, the breed made a mark on the productivity of the family operation with its dual-purpose traits. Continue reading

Proven High Performers in Feedlot

IT’S NOT just traditional grazing operators that swear by the Dohne, feedlotters are hopping on board the dual-purpose sheep too. South Australia’s Shayne Willmott and his family run a mixed farming operation and a feedlot on 3,000 acres in Manoora, marketing their own Dunira Prime Lamb brand to butchers locally and internationally. Continue reading

The Dohne Does It Better

THE DOHNE sheep are hardy animals and continually prove to be the most versatile breed on the market. For commercial breeder Andrew Tunstill, switching to the Dohne has improved the viability of his business, even in the harshest of seasons. Andrew and his veterinarian wife Kirsten Tunstill live near Kalannie in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia. Kirsten stumbled across the breed through her veterinary work and was extremely impressed, telling Andrew to look into them immediately. Continue reading

Dohne Maternal Traits Proving Worth

"I love the Dohne as they’re tough. We’re pushing our sheep much harder in that we’re shearing twice a year and looking to get 1.3 to 1.4 lambs out of her. They love fibre (roughage) and they’re good doers." Continue reading

Changing the Face of Family Sheep Farm

In 2007, Mr Cross was recommended the Dohne breed by his stock agent at the time, who spoke highly of their dual-purpose nature and ability to reap rewards across all areas of production, including high-quality wool, carcass and fertility rates. Mr Cross said, “To start, I bought two rams to try them out and was happy with the lambs, so continued to buy them.” Continue reading

The ‘Real Deal’ for Victorian Breeders

THE DOHNE sheep is the result of highly selective breeding, which developed a superior dual purpose sheep that commercial breeders Linda Taylor and Tony Wheat swear by. Linda’s family were proud Merino breeders on their 3,000 acres in Callawadda, Victoria since 1950. Linda returned to the property in 1995 after working overseas. They now have a sharefarmer onboard for the rotational cropping enterprise growing canola, wheat, barley and beans. This integrates with their increasing self replacing 18-19 micron Dohne flock. Continue reading

No Question about Quality

FOR SHEEP farmers, quality wool is a trait that can’t be sacrificed and the Dohne’s superior white wool makes them a breed that ticks all the boxes. This is the case for Dohne breeder Russell Coad who’s lived on his family’s Barunah Plains property in Victoria his entire life. Continue reading

Dohnes Fit the Bill Perfectly in Wagin

"My breeding objective is to ultimately produce a ewe that can wean her own body weight in lambs at 15 weeks, as well as produce a 5kg fleece." CLAYTON South, with partner Polly and sons Ky and Jarryn, run a 6500 head self-replacing Dohne ewe flock, on their 4900 hectares of owned and leased land at Wagin. They crop about 70 per cent of their property, sowing wheat, barley, canola, lupins and milling oats. Continue reading
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