Apparel Wool, Meat for a Feast

Hedging your bets with Dohnes

By Clint Jasper | 10th April 2014 | ABC Rural

Fiona Cameron, stud principal, Koonik Dohne Stud, says as the mood turned against mulesing, they looked to Dohne sheep as an alternative.

With the wool market depressed, and lamb prices soaring, Fiona Cameron says it’s times like these she’s happy she made the move into Dohnes.

The sheep are a duel purpose breed, giving producers a good carcass as well as ‘wool cheque’ each season.

Ms Cameron is the stud principal of Koonik Dohne Stud in Nurcoung, Victoria.

“Before 2008 I ran a merino enterprise, and basically with all the controversy around mulesing going on at the time, I knew I had to source something else.

“I found Dohnes and they were highly fertile, you didn’t need to mules them and they had both a good, meaty carcass and a good fleece.”

Dohnes, pronounced DOOH-nee, were originally bred by the South African agriculture department in 1938.

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