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August Newsletter 2021

As the newly elected president of the ADBA I would firstly like to thank John Nadin for his past five years in this role. John has been a great leader of Council and I hope to continue his good work. John will continue on as Vice President and I wish to acknowledge Rhys Parsons, Don Mills, Greg Hall and Darren Gurnett for their continuation as Councillors. We say goodbye to Allen Kelly after his many years on Council and thank him for his contribution. There is currently a vacancy, so should you feel the desire to gain better knowledge of how the association is run, have your say on how the association is run or feel it’s your time to contribute, please contact Cameron Hills to register your interest, alternatively I would be pleased to have a discussion about the role with you. Continue reading

Mulesing Gets the Slice with 180+ Global Fashion Brands Opposing the Practice

100% natural, renewable and biodegradable, wrinkle-resistant, naturally breathable, body temperature regulating, odour and stain-resistant to UV and fire resistant - there are a multitude of inherent benefits in wool…..BUTT….Consumer awareness about mulesing has become so common that 180 + major global brands have strongly advised the Australian wool industry that they will no longer use wool that comes from mulesed sheep. A list of powerful fashion stakeholders is further evidence that Australia’s wool industry must listen to their customers and prepare for a non-mulesed future, or risk being left behind. Dohnes – ‘The NATURAL bare-breech sheep breed with quality Merino wool’. Continue reading

Merino is Cool Comfort for Cyclists

A MARLBOROUGH sheep farmer is using his extensive knowledge of Merino breeding to provide cool comfort for hundreds of cyclists pedalling the hot tarmac roads over summer. Martin Pattie has spent a lifetime working towards developing a Merino sheep breed producing high quality meat and fine durable wool in drought-like conditions. Together with partner Lyn Brown, Pattie grows, processes, manufactures and sells merino cloth and clothing to customers in New Zealand and around the world. Pattie’s parents chanced upon the South African Dohne Merino breed in 1999 after attending a Merino sheep breeders conference in South Africa. He wanted a breed which could withstand the very dry summer conditions in Marlborough, as well as produce wool under 23 microns. Continue reading

July Newsletter 2021

Vale Bill Mildren - Sheep classer stalwart Bill Mildren passed after a long illness on June 9 aged 81. Although Bill had no official capacity within the ADBA he was a founding advocate of the Dohne and worked with many Dohne studs over a 20 year period including; Uardry , Koonik , Calga , DD, Havelock Park , Stirling , Glenaroua , Kardinia and Macquarie. Bill gave his lifetime to serving the sheep industry. Continue reading

Quality Dohne Rams Improve Growth & Fertility at Esk Farm

THE dual-purpose attributes of the Dohne breed have given Tasmanian mixed farmers Richard and Sarah Johnston increased market flexibility, with their annual draft of crossbred lambs in strong demand from processors. The Johnston family take care of a 460-hectare property, Esk Farm, near Longford, running 2000 Merino and Dohne/Merino-cross ewes. They also grow a range of crops for both fodder and seed, including peas, grass seed, clover, chicory, lucerne, wheat and barley and lucerne and grass hay production and run a contract spraying business. Traditional wool growers, the Johnstons decided to introduce Dohnes to their operation more than 10 years ago and continue to be pleased with the breed’s wool quality, fertility and growth. They currently run 1000 Merino and Dohne/Merino-cross ewes joined to Dohne rams for replacements, along with 1000 Dohne/Merino-cross ewes which are joined to Poll Dorset and Southdown rams. The flock micron average is 18.5. Continue reading

Dohnes: Key to Increasing Numbers

INCREASED fertility, doability and lamb production are some of the benefits introducing Dohne genetics in the flock at Milbey, Wallandbeen. Luke Wells, who manages the property for owners David and Kandee Thorn, is currently running 5000 ewes, and has been using Dohne genetics for the past four years. "We were after a plainer bodied sheep for the flies and to step away from mulesing, which we've done for the last three years." Continue reading

Former Shearer Chooses Dohnes

FOR Wayne Hodge, regardless of season, it’s the Dohne breed that will allow him to remain at full productivity. ‘Everglen’ of Lock, South Australia, sits at 4,000 hectares and is comprised of two-thirds cropping and one-third sheep. Previously running Merinos and crossbreds, Mr Hodge made the shift to the Dohnes approximately 10 years ago which gave his operation the simultaneous benefit of meat quality as well as wool. The majority of Mr Hodge’s Dohne flock are purebred, running 1,650 breeding ewes and 800 ewe lambs. “As an ex-shearer, I saw a variety of breeds getting around and I particularly noticed that these sheep were in better condition than a traditional Merino, especially in tougher years.” “Since getting into them ourselves, we have experienced exactly that,” said Mr Hodge. Continue reading

Sisters Back Themselves in Sheep Industry

Their family runs a mostly sheep enterprise, with Merino ewes which in the past were bred with Poll Dorset rams to target local and export markets. But in the past year they have moved away from crossbreds to now running dual purpose Dohne Merinos with traditional Merino wool traits and good meat qualities. The sisters have a shared passion for sharing the truth about the sheep industry and after seeing continued misrepresentation in the mainstream media and on social media, they decided to do something about it. Continue reading

Graziers Rethink Wool Clip Purpose at Coonong Station

“We plan to spin them into blankets, knee or a baby blanket, and because we’re so proud of how our wool has grown, we want to see if people are interested in buying a woollen blanket made in Australia from our sheep and our story,” Mrs Holt said. Coonong Station is the largest accredited Responsible Wool Standard grower in Australia, a set of guidelines established by the European Textile Exchange. The Holt family have owned the 28,000-hectare Riverina property at Urana, NSW, since 1971 and run about 32,000 Dohne, non-mulesed sheep. Mrs Esson said the Coonong Station wool was easy to process. “It was just amazingly soft to handle with just a hint of a lustre. It had a lovely drape so when it goes into some sort of knitted or woven product, it will look lovely,” she said. Continue reading

Dohnes Perform in Merino Sire Evaluations

DOHNES perform in Merino sire evaluation, the entire sheep industry benefits from credible comparisons of productivity. In Australia, the leading authority that oversees these trials for the wool industry is AMSEA, the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association. The Dohne Merino represents an alternative ewe breed for commercial Merino producers. Because Dohne’s are run as a separate analysis to Merinos, comparisons are not readily available. Sire evaluations allow subjective and objective, within flock and across flock, comparisons with their Merino counterpart. Since 2002 18 Dohne sires from across Australia have been used in 5 sire evaluations across 5 states. Continue reading

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