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June Newsletter 2024

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Vale Johnathon Alexander Stephens (Stevo)
Council would like to inform members of the passing of Johnathon Alexander Stephens, known as Stevo on 7 June 2024.
Stevo stepped into the manager role on Calga’s Southern property Caroonboon Station, Wanganella NSW. This was not long after the passing of Bill Pye in 2015. Stevo continued to manage Caroonboon up until his retirement in late 2023. During his 9 years at Caroonboon he was instrumental in a large infrastructure improvement programme; covered ram selling complex, ram shed, covered processing area, irrigation upgrade and workshop upgrade just to name a few. Stevo was a great friend, an extremely competent livestock person, a land manager, educator, plant operator, mechanic, a fabricator and so much more. Stevo was the dearest of friends to the Pye family and mentor to many and will be missed by all that know him.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his wife Vicki and family, and also with the Pye family and team at Caroonboon Station.
Stevo funeral will be 1pm Monday 17 June 2024 at St Michael’s Catholic Church, 376 Harrison Street, Deniliquin. NSW.

Stevo, loved spending time on the Billabong Creek.

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the ADBA has been set for Friday, July 19 in Bendigo to coincide with the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. Members are invited and encouraged to attend. This year the AGM will held in the Dohne Merino Marquee commencing at 4:30pm. Just letting members know that this meeting will not be available via zoom.  

Australian Sheep and Wool Show
The Dohne Merino Marquee program this year will comprise of the following; 
Friday, Education Program – Both Longerenong College and Moama Anglican Grammar will be taking part in this program. This program is designed to educated our younger generation, with hands on experience, allowing students to be guided by sheep and wool agents on the day.
Saturday, Showing Program – Classes will include individual young and older rams and ewes, groups, pairs and also Natural Bare Breech classes. 
Across the three days at lunchtime Ethical Outback Wool will showcase their Dohne Merino garments with a daily Fashion Parade.
To view the full event program – Click Here
Due to the packed showing program on the Saturday, the ADBA will be providing lunch on the day in the marquee for judges, stewards, members, sponsors and helpers.  
An informal dinner for members and sponsors will be held on the Saturday night 20 July at The Bridge Hotel, 49 Bridge Street, Bendigo. If you plan on attending this event, please RSVP to

Sheep Show

Promotional Committee
Australian Sheep and Wool Show Preview – The Australian Sheep and Wool Show is the largest event of its type in the world, attracting visitors and competitors from across Australia and overseas. Australian Community Media (ACM) produces an annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show Preview. This publication is a liftout in the following ACM newspapers on the 27 June 2024; Stock & Land, The Land and Stock Journal. This preview guide is distributed to rural and regional Southern Australia and to visitors during the event, as well as an online e-mag to ACM digital subscribers.
As the Dohne Merino is the Feature Breed at Bendigo this year, there will be a Dohne Merino Feature in this publication plus the front cover promotion. Thank you to all members who have supported this publication, this feature will be a 5 pages.

Dohne Data
Reminder to Dohne breeders, there is a high probability Brett will not be able to process and report the Dohne data effectively for both the September 2024 Sheep Genetics Dohne analysis runs.
If members could please work on not submitting Dohne data for the month of September 2024, that would be greatly appreciated.

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