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Breed Trials Commence at Muresk

In achieving this objective over the past five years, the Muresk Dohne flock has become a valuable part of the commercial enterprise that is now supplying animals for industry led research that is undertaken at Muresk. Farm Manager, Steve Wainewright, says the fertility and early growth are major benefits of the breed; ‘The ewes have performed brilliantly under trying conditions this season.’ Continue reading


THE Australian sheep industry may never have been in a more unique position. Prices for sheep meat, wool and breeding ewes are at near all time highs, while flock numbers are at their lowest levels since the early 1900s. The breed's true dual purpose nature means it can take advantage of both the strong sheep and wool markets. Continue reading

Performing In High Rainfall Zone

A numbers man, Mr Culverson needs proof on paper before he’ll jump into a major production decision and after several years of strategic testing, got all the proof he needed to breed further towards a purebred self-replacing Dohne flock. Continue reading


"Encompassing the four key profit drivers of fertility, fecundity, wool and meat, the Dohne Merino has firmly established itself as the ideal all-rounder and breed for now and into the future." 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

Crossing Pays Off for Panizzas

THE DOHNE’S ability to adapt in diverse conditions has encouraged Bernie and Rachel Panizza to introduce the breed into their flock over the last decade. Traditionally the Panizza family bred Merinos at Southern Cross, Western Australia, but decided to introduce Dohnes into their enterprise after Bernie went to a seminar where a South African speaker talked about the benefits of the breed. “ It was the breed’s capability to suit various conditions that got me interested,” Bernie said. Continue reading

Dohnes Perform in MLP Project


THERE is one Dohne ram entered in the Merino Lifetime Productivity project in Australia. This MLP project measures and evaluates the ewe progeny from 167 Sires over two years at five sites in… Continue reading


Dohnes are run in pastoral areas of 150mm rainfall to 1OOOmm rainfall areas in southern Australia. The quick growth of Dohne lambs, higher than the average lambing percentages of Merinos and the Dohne’s ability to hold body condition in tough times along with the production of quality 19-21 micron wool are just some of the attributes that sets this breed apart. The Dohne can and is a totally self-replacing breed, reducing the risk of introducing disease and lice and reducing the cost of buying in ewes. Continue reading

The Dohne does stack up well financially

THIS ANALYSIS modelled the Dohne, fine wool Merinos and a crossbred Prime Lamb enterprise run in three different environments and found the Dohne is more profitable based on the last 10 year prices whether it is being run in high, medium or low rainfall environments. “Since its inception the aim of the Dohne Merino has been well defined with the breeding objective to improve meat, wool and reproductive traits.” Continue reading

Dohnes Push Gross Margin In Low Rainfall

HEAVIER CARCASS weights, lambing ease and higher marking percentages of Dohne sheep have resulted in a gross margin more than comparable with cropping for South Australian farmer Chris Curnow. Chris and his wife Ann farm 600ha at Avon, on the Adelaide Plains, and run a flock of 700 Dohne ewes in conjunction with a cropping enterprise. The Curnows are members of a Sheep Connect sponsored benchmarking group, and have a handle on just how profitable their Dohnes are. Continue reading
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