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Sale Information


  • Friday 13th September 2024
  • Macquarie Ram Depot, “Carinya” Ballimore NSW
  • From 9:30am to 4pm

    • Wednesday 25th September 2024
    • Macquarie Ram Depot, “Carinya” Ballimore NSW
    • Inspection from 9:30am
    • Sale 1pm
    • 200 Performance Dohne Rams
    • The auction will be interfaced with AuctionsPlus

Contact Us

John Nadin
Mobile : 0427 474 610

Greg McCann
Mobile : 0499 865 120

Stud Representatives:
Will Nadin
Mobile: 0430 315 558

James Nadin
Mobile : 0439 709 306

Peter Nadin
Mobile : 0439 717 677

Stud Classer:
James Koster
Mobile: 0427 546 873

Macquarie Dohnes Office
Tanya Barton
Ph: 02 6027 1190
Mobile : 0429 208 674

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Central West Genetics


2023 December Newsletter

After three consecutive wet years along with high sheep and lamb prices, 2023 was disappointing on the price side coupled with the majority of our clients receiving well below average rainfall, fed sheep for most of the year and didn’t plant crops. Unfortunately the cost of production remains extremely high causing many sheep producers to cut back on numbers and, in some cases, get out of sheep altogether. As we know, livestock production is long term ….. especially genetically. The result of breeding decisions made now aren’t realised for twelve to twenty four months. As the year closes the lamb market is back to sustainable prices and wool EMI has picked up 100c. Unfortunately mutton and re-stocker prices remain below par. On a positive side, 2023 in some respects was one of our most successful. At the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in July, we had a record showing of the Dohne breed in Australia taking out 24 broad ribbons including Supreme exhibit, Grand Champion Junior and Senior ram, Grand Champion Pair, Grand Champion Group and Champion Group of 3 fleeces (5th time in succession) along with the Most Successful Exhibitor. Continue reading

Interstate buyers secure top-price ram at Macquarie

Interstate buyers started the bidding off strong to secure the top-priced ram at Macquarie Dohnes' 20th annual production ram sale at Ballimore last week. Topping the sale was the first ram of the draft, Macquarie Dohnes 228034, purchased by Craig and Jude Ross, Lower Norton, Victoria, for $5000. The sale offered 170 rams and sold 148 to average $1912, reaching a clearance rate of 87 per cent. Continue reading

2023 September Newsletter

There is a growing preference amongst consumers for natural, biodegradable, sustainable and renewable materials. The forecast for global wool demand from 2023 to 2030 is an increase of 4.9%. As I’ve said before, this is where the Dohne shines … lower production costs, high fertility, doing ability, quality fine apparel wool, plain bodied, mules free, high growth rates and a prime lamb carcase. On a more positive note Macquarie has recorded its most successful year to date. Continue reading

Macquarie Dohne stud, Ballimore credits win to an even set of rams

A Ballimore, NSW stud who prides itself on commercial performance has taken out the supreme champion sash in the Dohne competition at the 2023 Australian Sheep & Wool Show. John Nadin from Macquarie Dohne stud said he was “taken by surprise” by the win but was pleased to have a very successful day. Continue reading

2023 July Newsletter

With commodity prices falling and the season tightening the gloss has somewhat come off agriculture. This is where the Dohne really shines ….. low production costs, low labour inputs, high fertility, doing ability, quality apparel wool, plain bodied, mules free, high growth rates and a quality prime lamb carcase. Although the wool market has lagged behind other agricultural commodities in recent years, it has been consistent . The fineness, staple strength, staple length and quality of Dohne wool along with the premium for non-mulesed wool still makes the wool component a profitable return. Coupled with early turn-off of quality prime lambs and low labour input, the Dohne package remains the most profitable sheep enterprise. This is evident in the results of Macquarie’s performance in merino sire evaluations in some of the most challenging sheep country in Australia. The results below speak for themselves. Continue reading

2022 December Newsletter

We have just finished the first two rounds of a 100 donor embryo transfer program. These elite performance ewes impregnated to leading sires will produce approximately 700 lambs ensuring top genetics moving forward.  Peter Nadin - After a 3 year stint at Boonoke Merino Stud, Peter has branched out and will work at home along with James and Grace whilst conducting a sheep and cattle contracting business as well as sheep classing. Pete along with James will be a big asset to Macquarie Dohnes. Continue reading

Macquarie Dohne’s largest offering sends rams to five states

A clearance of 97 per cent was achieved at the Macquarie Dohne Stud's 19th Annual Production Ram sale held on property near Ballimore. This sale of 228 rams was the largest offering of Dohne rams ever from one vendor. Overall, 222 of 228 rams sold to a top of $8000 for an average of $3000. Continue reading

Multiple species and farms

It is not often that a producer can move their animals based on the weather but one Carinda local is doing just that. Producer Michael O'Brien, Carinda, rotates stock between two properties in different climactic areas, one in Carinda, and one near Roma, Qld, to cater for animal feed requirements and seasonal changes. Continue reading

2022 September Newsletter

The above average seasons have continued the likes we haven’t seen since 98,99 & 2000. The young rams have stood up well having received over 300 mm since shearing with 113 mm of this falling over the last 3 weeks. These can be challenging times but as a Seedstock producer these challenges are important. Continue reading

2021 December Newsletter

As the year draws to a close our thoughts go out to those having had a difficult harvest due to the inclement weather and to those loved ones that have passed. On a positive note, we are midway through the embryo flushing of our elite high performing ewes with the first two programs yielding a remarkable 11.7 and 9.5 transferable embryos per ewe. These results will allow us to impregnate 800 recipient ewes with our best genetics. A big thank you to Greg and the Central West Genetics (CWG) team. Continue reading