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2016 Global Dohne Conference

Highlights of the Inaugural showing of Australian Dohne sheep at Bendigo.


“A must for all sheep producers”

Itinerary – 2016 Global Dohne Conference


Global Dohne Conference Key Contact – Click Here

Global Dohne Conference Registration Form – Click Here

Global Dohne Conference Booklet – Click Here

National Ram Sale – Sale Catalogue

National Ram Sale Catalogue on the Sheep Genetics Website – Click Here


Day 1: Friday 15th July 2016


Check into your accommodation in Melbourne during the afternoon. Melbourne has plenty to see and do.

For a complete list of activities while in Melbourne please visit

Accommodation: – Melbourne Parkview Hotel Phone (03) 9924 8129


Day 2: Saturday 16th July 2016  ( Meals  B D )

ramsMelbourne ~ Bendigo

After breakfast, board the luxury Langley’s coach and travel to Bendigo to attend the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. This is the biggest sheep show of its kind in the world with 3000 sheep on show. The ADBA have their own marquee where Dohnes from all over Australia will be on display. This will be ideal time to meet and interact with Dohne Stud breeders as well as industry personnel. The show has an array of other activities on display as well as more than 250 stall holders with items for purchase.

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show:

Accommodation: – All Seasons Hotel, Bendigo Phone (03) 5443 8166  


Day 3: Sunday 17th July 2016 ( Meals B D )

rams 2Bendigo

Stay the night in Bendigo ready for the second day of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. The Australian Sheep and Wool Show has a variety of activities, a second day can easily be spent exploring all the show has on offer. The City of Greater Bendigo has many exciting tourist attractions to explore. Delegates are welcome to undertake tours at their own expense.

More information on the town and tourist attractions can be found at:

Accommodation: – All Seasons Hotel, Bendigo Phone (03) 5443 8166


Day 4: Monday 18th July 2016 ( Meals B D )


Bendigo ExchangeBendigo ~ Wangaratta

Today you will be treated to visiting the Bendigo Livestock Exchange to view a yard sale. Yard sales are a common and practical way of selling animals in Australia. The Bendigo Livestock Exchange regularly has in excess of 30,000 lambs on offer. After the sale travel back to the showground to view the Merino Ram Sale. This is a popular auction where delegates will be to experience the process. At the conclusion of the Merino Ram Sale, board the luxury Langley’s coach and travel to Wangaratta to spend the night.

Bendigo Livestock Exchange:

Accommodation: – Quality Hotel Wangaratta Phone (03) 5721 8399


Day 5: Tuesday 19th July 2016 ( Meals B L D )


Wangaratta ~ Rivalea ~ Coonong Station ~ Parkes

Visit Rivalea Dohne feedlot and be hosted by Barry Hutton. Rivalea runs a large Dohne feedlot enterprise and is Australia’s largest pork producer utilising best practice to ensure maximum efficiencies.

Experience station life on Coonong Station Urana, owned by Tom and Sophie Holt. Coonong Station is one of the largest Commercial Dohne operations in Australia with facilities and area to match.

Board the luxury Langley’s coach and continue on to your overnight accommodation in Parkes.

Accommodation: – Country Comfort Motel, Parkes Phone (02) 6863 4333
                                    – Bushman Motor Inn, Parkes Phone (02) 6862 2199


Day 6: Wednesday 20th July 2016 ( Meals B L D )

Parkes ~ Roseville Park ~ Dubbo

Delegates to arrive at Gullendah Dohne Stud owned by Peter, Margot and Andrew Hughes. The Hughes run a large commercial Dohne flock mated to Dohne and terminal sires.

Map From Dubbo to Gullendah

General Map

Wandong Hereford’s Cattle Complex is the next stop on this day. The Bjorksten Family will host the tour and explain best practice management and handling facilities they have integrated on the farm. The Family market 1000 steers annually with a percentage marketed as “Paddock to Plate” to resturants. All steers are able to be finished on grass.

Graham and Susan Coddington of Catombil will host a visit to their Roseville Park Dohnes Stud. A tour is available of Catombil comprising of inspect their Dohnes. Inspection of the pasture, cropping and management programs are available at Catombil. Ben Watts, a fine wool producer from Molong in central west New South Wales will be providing demonstrations of the potential uses of Drones in Agriculture. Dinner will be around a campfire with entertainment.

Map From Dubbo to Roseville Park

Travel to Accommodation in Dubbo after enjoying your evening meal and entertainment.

Accommodation: – Cattleman’s Country Motor Inn Phone (02) 6884 5222


Day 7: Thursday 21st July 2016 ( Meals B L D )

Dubbo Thursday Morning

A tour is offered after breakfast for Fletcher’s Meat works in Dubbo. Fletchers have the ability to process up to 90,000 lambs and sheep each week with two processing plants in Australia.

Morning tea break and tour of Macdonald Woolbrokers which is the largest single site Woolbroker in NSW, processing 40,000 bales a year, which is 34% of the Dubbo Wool Market.

Other suggested tours at delegates own expense could consist of Taronga Western Plains Zoo, or have a rest morning and explore Dubbo ready for the conference.


Day 7 and 8:

Conference Thursday 21st July 2016 to Friday 22 July 2016 ( Meals B L D )

Dubbo Conference

The Global Conference opens at 11:30 am at the Dubbo Showground with displays from Industry Personnel, Wool Displays, Shearing Displays, National Ram Sale Animals and a large number of stud and commercial breeders displays from throughout Australia.

Thursday evening event, AWI Cocktail Party and Fashion Parade to be held at the Expo Centre, Dubbo Showground.

Friday evening event MLA Formal Dinner to be held at Dubbo RSL Club.

Dohne Conference Program – Click Here

An unparalleled domestic & international speaker program

Guested Speakers:

  • Koos Volsoo  –   The Dohne in South Africa
  • Allan Casey & Brett Wilson  –  The Dohne in Australia
  • Roberto Cardellino –  The Dohne in South America
  • Tom Filbin – The Sheep Industry in America
  • Shane Bodiam  –  Corporate Agriculture and its role in the Australian Sheep Industry
  • Paul Swan  –  R&D for industry growth
  • Stuart McCullough & Damian Madden –  Marketing wool in the world
  • Kobus Delport  –  Improving reproduction rate in the South African Dohne Merino Population
  • Hamish Chandler  –  Dohne Genetic Evaluation on the world stage
  • Julius Van der Werf  –  Genomics and the Nucleus Flock
  • Lou Hogan  –  Commercial Flock Genomic Benchmarking and ram selection implications
  • Sarah Strachan –  Lamb eating quality and the Future of MSA
  • Bruce Peat –  Industry / Processor Prospective of the Dohne Breed
  • Geoff Duddy  –  The Dohnes role in the Australian Sheep Industry
  • Robert (Bob) Dunn  –  Hands on Education – the Practical Advantage
  • Kathryn Egerton-Warburton  –  Dohne partnerships with Education and Training
  • Wayne Hawkins  –  The maternal qualities of the Dohne
  • Barry Hutton   – Ethical sheep breeding and management and the performance of the Dohne in a feedlot
  • Graham Lean – Dohnes: How they stack up financially
  • Micheal O’Brien – The role of Dohnes in a large scale mixed farming operation
  • Cameron McMaster – Celebrating 50 years since the establishment of the breed society
Disclaimer: Program and speaker subject to change.

National Ram Sale – Sale Catalogue


National Ram Sale Catalogue on the Sheep Genetics Website – Click Here

Accommodation Thursday to Friday: – Cattleman’s Country Motor Inn Phone (02) 6884 5222


Day 9: Saturday 23rd July 2016 ( Meal B )

Annual General Meeting of the ADBA

The Australian Dohne Breeders Association has its Annual General Meeting scheduled for 9.30am at the Woolpack Function Centre, Dubbo Showground.

Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided by the Australian Dohne Breeder’s Association.

Everyone is welcome to attend with council arranging guest speakers.


Dubbo ~ Sydney

After the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting at 11.00am, board your coach for a transfer to Sydney. Sydney is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do. You may wish to visit the Sydney Opera House, or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge just to mention a few attractions this city has to offer.

All Tours of Sydney are Extra and at Delegates Own Expense.

The Global Dohne Conference and Pre-Tour concludes at this point in Sydney.

Optional Tours are available to various states and they are listed on the following pages.

For a complete list of activities while in Sydney please visit

Accommodation: – North Sydney Harbourview Hotel Phone (02) 9955 0499


Optional Tours

South Australia Monday 25 July to Tuesday 26 July 2016Click Here

Western Australia Tuesday 26 July to Friday 29 July 2016Click Here


Global Dohne Conference Key Contact – Click Here

Global Dohne Conference Registration Form – Click Here

Global Dohne Conference Booklet – Click Here


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