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May Newsletter 2024

The Show and Education Committee would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge and thank our sponsors that have come onboard this year; Elders, Shearwell, Sapien Technology, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Riverina Wool Testers, Ethical Outback Wool, Quality Wool, Central West Genetics, Fox & Lillie Rural and Australian Community Media. Continue reading

April Newsletter 2024

Australian Sheep and Wool Show The Dohne Merino has been selected as the 2024 Feature Breed at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. The Association’s Show Committee has been in regular contact with the Australian Sheep and Wool Show organisers, and we are delighted that our breed will be of prominence on this ‘big stage’ in July at Bendigo. Continue reading

Dohne trial leads the way for reproduction and meat eating quality results

An innovative Dohne sire evaluation trial is providing valuable insights on the reproduction and meat eating quality performance of the breed, with the latest results released at a field day in February. Held by Dohne trial hosts, Tom and Sophie Holt, at their property, Coonong Station, Urana, NSW, an extensive range of ewe reproductive data, along with the results of the meat eating quality tests, were presented to interested field day participants. Additional comprehensive wool, growth and visual trait assessments were also released. Established by the Australian Dohne Breeders Association in 2021, the sire evaluation trial at Coonong comprises 13 Dohne rams entered from breeders in NSW, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. Continue reading

March Newsletter 2024

The annual face to face meeting of the ADBA Council was held at Naranderra in mid- February to coincide with the Coonong AMSEA Open Day. Firstly, I would like to thank Don Mills and his committee and Tom and Sophie Holt and the Coonong crew for making the trial and open day such a success. On Monday we spent most of the morning talking about the future of our Dohne Merino breed: looking at pathways for the future including a tiered breeding system, culling percentages, education, joint analysis with Sheep Genetics, Council structure, promotion and research. More information will come through as we receive information back from the relevant contacts. Continue reading

February Newsletter 2024

Coonong sire trial open day 21st February was attended by approx. 50 people including 8 sire entrant owners. Adult ewe updates to fleece and body were presented as well as final figures on the wether drop, as well as visual scoring and classing results. Udder and teat traits were collected and presented by Allan Casey. Continue reading

Dohne sire evaluation day at Coonong Station

Keen interest in the performance of their Dohne sires was evident during the annual sire evaluation field day at Coonong Station, Urana. Hosted by Tom and Sophie Holt, and introduced by Don Mills, Kardinia Dohne, Corowa, speakers focused on the latest sheep industry trends, updated analysis of the recorded progeny and future prospects for the breed. Continue reading

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