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Christmas Newsletter 2020

Members are to be congratulated on their ram sale results off the back of prolonged drought, low wool prices and low national breeding ewe numbers. Council has some exciting projects on the table for 2021. One in particular is the Dohne Sire Evaluation which commence’s with Artificial Insemination on January 25. A big thank you is extended to the Holt family for running the trial and providing the ewes, management and staff. Thank you to those members who have entered a sire, we have a great representation by state, genetics and ASBVs. The information collected from this evaluation will be invaluable in progressing our breed and, with the changing face of the Australian Sheep Industry, aid in seeing the Dohne flourish in years to come. Continue reading

December Newsletter 2020

The secretary's office will be closed for Christmas holidays starting Wednesday 9 December 2020 and reopening Tuesday 12 January 2021. There will be only one more Dohne Analysis this year, that will run on Monday 7 December 2020. Sheep Genetics will not be running the December 21 analysis for 2020. Reminder to all members, when submitting data, please use the new Dohne Data Submission Request Form. National Promotions has decided to produce a revamped high quality journal. One size advert, is being offered to members and that is 1/4 A4 page. These will be published early March 2021, and will be distributed to each state so that they can be promoted at next year’s field days and sales. Continue reading

November Newsletter 2020

The Dohne Sire Reproduction Evaluation onsite meeting was held at Tom & Sophie Holt’s ‘Coonong Station’, Urana in the Riverina of NSW, on Sunday 1st November 2020. This day allowed all parties to meet, greet, inspect facilities and finalise arrangements for the evaluations commencement in January. 1275, 2017 drop ewes will now be AI'd to 13 Dohne sires (including 1 link sire) and 2 Poll Merino link sires. Continue reading

October Newsletter 2020

The ADBA would like to advise that the recent error in the Sheep Genetics Dohne top Sire list, due to the new search site, has now been rectified. For updated sire list please visit www.sheepgenetics.org.au/Breeding-services/DOHNE-MERINO-Home Continue reading

September Newsletter 2020

Members are reminded that the Councillors are here to serve the breed and assist members where possible and as such are encouraged to contact the Secretary or individual Councillors as the need may arise. Dohne sales have started across the country with some pleasing results. Good luck to those of you with upcoming sales. Continue reading

August Newsletter 2020

The Association’s Dohne Sire Evaluation Trial Committee is excited to invite Stud members to nominate sires for the 2021 Coonong Dohne Sire Evaluation Trial. The Committee is confident that this project will be important to the development of our breed in Australia, and are pleased to be working with the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association on this trial. The Committee would also like to acknowledge the enthusiasm of the site hosts; Tom and Sophie Holt of Coonong Station. Continue reading

July Newsletter 2020

Concerns over Coronavirus has meant the cancellation of many events including Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Lambex, Hamilton Sheepvention as well as numerous local shows and displays. It goes without saying studs still need to prepare for upcoming ram sales and will need to consider options around advertising, marketing and promoting your “brand”. Social and Digital media is everywhere in society today. The Dohne handbook is a great promotional item that covers all aspects of the Dohne breed. View and share this Dohne handbook with clients by email and/or social media platforms. Continue reading

June Newsletter 2020

Tissue Sampling Units (TSU's) are now the best method of collecting DNA samples for both parentage or Genomics testing. They protect the integrity and provide secure storage of the material. By using scanners and bar-codes, it is easy to send identifying files to the processing facility. TSU's are manufactured by Allflex and are available through your retailer; so are the application tools as pictured. Continue reading

May Newsletter 2020

Breeders are encouraged to collect blood samples from key sires and dams and send to Sheep Genetics. Any sheep can be sampled, but those with tested progeny will yield more rapid genomic results for the breed. Individuals may not see results in the short term, but as a breed society we need to get the genomics to back up our current testing and ensure we don’t get left behind in the technology stakes. Allen Kelly is the contact for more information, his details are on the sidebar. Continue reading

April Newsletter 2020

It was not surprising that his progeny were trait leaders for growth rates and Breech Wrinkle scores. What also showed was their evenness of type and excellent body conformation, in particular their legs and feet, which was vastly different to many other groups. This Dohne sire progeny group was average or above average for 3 out of the 4 Merino Select Indices. Continue reading
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