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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

Dohne Ewes Make $438

When the Holt family of Coonong Station at Urana received $438 per head for their scanned in lamb Dohne Merino ewes, they gave much of the credit to a marketing campaign run by 24-year-old agent Helen de Costa. The ewes were sold in AuctionsPlus' weekly national sheep sale earlier this month and the $438 pen featured 340 two-year-old Dohne ewes, scanned in lamb with a White Suffolk. The ewes were some of the 1990 Coonong sold in total, including two pens of six-year-olds, for an average of $314. Ms de Costa of H Francis and Co said their marketing campaign had included a combination of social media and print advertising, along with getting the word out in their agent network. Continue reading

Dohne breed is the complete package

THE Dohne breed fitted the bill when brothers David and Peter Smith wanted to increase the performance of their farm's sheep program 16 years ago and the breed is still ticking all the boxes. The brothers farm 4000 hectares in north east Carnamah where they have a 70:30 mixed farming enterprise favouring cropping. They also produced pigs for 40 years but moved away from them early this year, so their full focus other than cropping is their Dohne sheep breeding program. Originally Merino breeders, the Smiths wanted to increase the profitability of their sheep and turned to the Dohne breed to achieve their aims. Continue reading

Surviving in Tough Conditions

“They are a little bit hardier, and they suited our climate and property which is semi-arid. One of the other benefits we discovered is that they wouldn’t need mulesing, ” he said. When the Dohnes were first introduced to the property, there were two joinings a year for both autumn and spring lambings. Today, however, the Dohnes just have a spring lambing. Mr Hawker said he was also impressed by the quality of the wool itself, and it seemed to have improved over time. Fibre diameter usually measures 20-micron, down slightly from the Merinos which were measuring 21- to 21.5-micron. Many of Mr Hawker’s Dohnes had recently been sold to feedlots. Continue reading

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

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Australian Dohne Breeders' Association13 hours ago
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.
Article courtesy of The Land By Stephen Burns
#Dohnes #DohneMerino #AWI #MLA #wool #networking #sheep #meat #ACM #AMSEA #sheepgenetics #SireEvaluation #responsiblewoolstandard #bcsagribusiness #JMLivestock AMSEA Coonong Dohne Sire Evaluation Open Day JM Livestock BCS Agribusiness AWI Sheep Connect NSW Australian Wool Innovation Meat & Livestock Australia Ethical Outback Wool Coonong Station Wool
Australian Dohne Breeders' Association
Australian Dohne Breeders' Association2 days ago
Great day had by all today.
Thankyou to everyone that attended the
AMSEA Coonong Dohne Sire Evaluation Open Day today.
#Dohnes #DohneMerino #AWI #MLA #wool #networking #sheep #meat #ACM #AMSEA #sheepgenetics #SireEvaluation #responsiblewoolstandard #bcsagribusiness #JMLivestock AMSEA Coonong Dohne Sire Evaluation Open Day JM Livestock BCS Agribusiness AWI Sheep Connect NSW Australian Wool Innovation Meat & Livestock Australia Ethical Outback Wool Coonong Station Wool