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Prime lamb flavour over fast growth at “Carnbre”

The Andrew’s family began their Dohne prime lamb operation six years ago after deciding the existing Merino base was not reaching the prime lamb market potential. Jarrod Andrews, “Carnbrae”, Tocumwal, and his parents Jeff and Jenny, run 4000 Dohne ewes on a 1092 hectare property. Continue reading

Victorian Dohne Invitation Ram Sale 2016 meets strong demand

ALMOST three times as many rams sold at this year’s annual Victorian Dohne Invitation Ram Sale compared to last year. And despite the increased sales, the average remained comparable at $1650 and the top price was the same at $3300. Continue reading

Macquarie Dohne rams top at $8000

ENGINEERING some of the best Dohne genetics available return buyers from Yass to Barcaldine, Queensland, purchased 146 of 153 rams offered which sold to $8000 and averaged $2058 at the Macquarie Dohnes 13th annual on-property sale at Warren last Thursday. This average increased on last year by $351 while the 2014 average was $1808. Continue reading

Dual purpose sheep hit the mark at Garah

PRODUCTION flexibility and continued good prices in the prime lamb market is what spurred northern NSW producer Chris Carrigan, “Welbon”, Garah, to introduce Dohnes. Chris, with his wife Helen, runs a Dohne flock of as many as 3500 breeding ewes. Continue reading

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Dohnes prove profitable fit in the Riverina

Dohnes are proving the profitable key in two vertically integrated lamb enterprises in the southern Riverina. Integrated agri-food company Rivalea Australia operates a 7000 head lamb feedlot on their 4000ha Balpool Station at Moulamein. Continue reading

Scope exists for global Dohne evaluation

A global Dohne evaluation system with common linkages will enhance the export of Australian genetics around the world. Sheep Genetics manager Hamish Chandler said there was more scope for global collaboration in the Dohne gene pool. Continue reading

Dohnes to play role in nation’s flock rebuild

The self-replacing Dohne breed is set to play a major role in stabilising and improving the nation’s rapidly declining breeding ewe base. Sheep industry consultant and Lamb Forecasting Advisory Committee member, Geoff Duddy, said the Dohnes improved weaning percentages were a major profit driver within the industry. “We are down to 41 million breeding ewes nationally and are really at the crossroads,’’ Mr Duddy said. Continue reading

Dohne pioneer honoured by ADBA for service

Dohne breed pioneer Cameron McMaster was honoured with a life membership of the Australian Dohne Breeders Association during the inaugural Global Dohne Conference. Mr McMaster and his wife Rhoda received a standing ovation after being presented with a commemorative plaque by Australian Dohne Breeders Association past president David Kain at a celebratory function in Dubbo on Friday. Affectionately known as the “father of the breed’’, Mr McMaster, 79, is one of only three surviving foundation members of the South African Dohne Merino Society formed in 1966. Continue reading

Dohne breeders embrace future challenges

Future challenges for the Dohne breed lay with combining Dohne and Merino breeding values, increasing the use of genomics and widening the use of non-Dohne genetics. They were key messages heard by national and international delegates at the inaugural Global Dohne Conference hosted by the Australia Dohne Breeders Association. Held at Dubbo on July 21-22, the conference drew 44 international delegates from South Africa, Uruguay, United States and New Zealand, and 139 from five Australian states. Continue reading