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Dohne sire evaluation day at Coonong

Stephen Burns Journalist, Wagga Wagga – The Land

Hosted by Tom and Sophie Holt, on their Coonong Station, Urana, Dohne breeders from across the country gathered to see the results of the 2021-drop in the Dohne sire evaluation.

This sire evaluation program compares the breeding performance of a Dohne sire by evaluating his progeny and their expressed traits relative to the progeny of other sires.

Sophie Holt, Coonong Station, Urana, and Kimy Falls, Finley, promoting their ethically grown and processed Dohne wool under the brand Ethical Outback.

At this trial, the consistent ewe base of Coonong-bred Dohne ewes were AI’d to 14 sires.

This site is one of 11 active Merino sire evaluation sites located across Australia.

Speakers during the day included Sophie Holt, Coonong Station, Urana, who spoke about her efforts to process Coonong-produced wool in Australia: Jason Southwell, sheep breeding consultant based in Orange, who classes the Coonong flock and the 2021 drop ewes of the sire evaluation and Ben Swain, executive officer Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association, who addressed the purpose of the evaluation site in relation to the other ten sites.

Jason Southwell, sheep breeding consultant, Orange, who classed the 2021 drop ewes for the sire evaluation inspection day.

Jim Meckiff, JM Livestock, Wagga Wagga, and data manager for the sire evaluation took his audience through the various collections of data associated with the sire evaluation and Fiona Raleigh, AWEX, brought along the latest wool pack which features a built-in electronic process to follow the bale from shed to processor.

Leah Dore, Urana, Clyde McKenzie, Elders wool manager, Deniliquin, Denis Smith and Damien Dore, Urana.
Ben Swain, executive officer of the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation trials taking the crowd through the various pens of 2021-drop ewes.
Murray Rogerson, Stirling Dohnes Glenthompson, Victoria, John Nadin, Macquarie Dohnes, Warren, and Karen Mills, Kardinia Dohne, Corowa.
Jean and John Reardon, Tarago, with Margie Pye, Calga Dohnes, Coonamble.
Lachlan Sutton, Nala Agribusiness, Wentworth, Mitchell Douglas, Western Flat, SA, and Sholto Douglas, Wentworth.
Ben Swain, executive officer Australian Merino Sire Evaluation, Tom Holt, Coonong Station, Urana, and Michael Elmes, SmartStock, Narrandera.
Trent Fordham, Riverina Wool Testers, Wagga Wagga, John Sutherland, Pooginook Merinos, Jerilderie, and Mitch Abbo, Southern Regional Business Manager for Paraway Pastoral, Orange.
Clyde McKenzie, Elders Wool manager, Deniliquin, with Don Mills, Kardinia Dohnes, Corowa.
Alistair Greenshields, Glenaroua Dohnes, Pyalong, Victoria.
Lachie Brown, Elders, Melbourne, with John Stephens, Caroonboon, Wanganella.

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