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The Dohne Merino was developed in South Africa by the South African Department of Agriculture in 1938 at the Dohne Research Facility, hence the name. The initial cross was between a Peppin-type merino and the German Mutton Merino. This was a “one off” cross and progeny were interbred and selected for high fertility, rapid lamb growth, mothering abilities and the production of quality fine merino wool with good processing style.

The goal was to breed an animal that could utilize the harsh “sourveld” that prevails in the Eastern Cape of the RSA. The breed became very popular in the RSA and the Dohne Merino Breed Society of SA was formed in 1966 with its head office at Stutterheim. The popularity of the breed spread rapidly and today is farmed in all parts of RSA.

The breed was first introduced to Australia in 1998 with the importation of frozen embryos into Western Australia. Further importations into the Eastern States in 1999 and 2000 gave the breed critical mass to establish a formal Breed Society.

The AUSTRALIAN DOHNE BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION was established at Katanning, W.A in 2000.

The breed today boasts 220 registered breeders in all sheep breeding states of Australia. The ADBA adopted compulsory performance testing and pedigree recording from its inception.

The following economic traits are recorded:

  • Body weight at weaning and post weaning
  • Wool Weight at post weaning, Fibre Diameter
  • Eye Muscle Depth and Fat Depth at post weaning.

Raw data is processed using BLUP to produce Estimated Breeding Values for the above traits. This data is used in the selection process of suitable animals for use in Studs and Commercial Flocks. Final selections are executed by a panel of independent sheep classers who undergo training provided by the ADBA.

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Mission Statement

“The Australian Dohne Breeders’ Association mission is to professionally develop a superior dual purpose sheep with a marketing edge, which is competitive in meeting the present and changing needs of the livestock markets, the consumer and the industry. The Association seeks to achieve this mission by:

1. Maintaining the integrity of the breed whilst developing its positive traits, to achieve premiums in the market place, both nationally and internationally.

2. Developing breeder’s skills by providing high quality, accredited educational courses and practical workshops, which meet the diverse needs of the membership and the industry.”

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Australian Dohne Breeders' Association
Australian Dohne Breeders' Association4 days ago
📢AMSEA Coonong Sire Evaluation Open Day
📌Wednesday 21 February 2024
📌Coonong Station, Urana NSW
The Coonong Sire Evaluation Open Day will be a special event for the ADBA with the release of the ewe reproductive data from the Dohne Sire Evaluation Trial. In addition, the results of the meat-eating-quality tests will be presented.
On the day, the ewes currently in the evaluation will be on display, and details of the 2nd year of reproduction phase of the evaluation will be discussed. The following day (Thursday 22nd) there will be a debriefing held with all members welcome to also attend.
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Australian Dohne Breeders' Association
Australian Dohne Breeders' Association6 days ago
Expressions of Interest for a Photographer
The ADBA is looking for a dedicated photographer for next year’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo VIC.
As you are all fully aware the Dohne will be the Feature Breed in 2024. The association would like to capture this milestone event with quality photos.
You would need to be able to attend the 3 days, Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July 2024.
If you have artistic flair and a strong eye for visual storytelling, we would love hear from you, please email
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