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The Top Breeder award at the 2017 National Dohne Merino Sale

The Dohne Merino Breed Society announced with great pride that Mr. Clark Rattray won the 19th award of the Dohne Merino Top Breeder trophy.  The Breed society also convey a special word of thank to the four sponsors of the award namely Virbac, BKB, Voermol and Molatek (regional winner sponsor).  Virbac that was involved from the very beginning ……….

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National Dohne Merino sale – Record breaking price in 2017

2017’s National sale will be remembered for the all-time record price of R220000 paid by Members of Crux Dohnes for the ram JW150558.  The ram’s performance figures was as follows : Weaning direct growth rate – +0.44 (above average in the breed); Weaning maternal – +3.75 (In the top 10% of the breed); Body weight at 12 months +5.59 kg. (top 10%);  Clean fleece weight +0.45 (top 10%); Fibre Diameter -0.15  (Average); General Merit +19.9 (top 10%).    The ram was bred ……….

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Autumn Production Sales – 2017 – Summary

Compared to 2016 all autumn production sales for 2017 are, practically spoken, finalized.  There are still one production sale to come on the 24th of March 2017, but this particular sale did not take place in 2016.   It is therefore reasonable to  compare the 2017 production sales results to that of 2016.  In 2017 a total of 1126 rams were sold at an average price of  ……….

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Most successful Dohne Merino Field day in South America

Gabriel Capurro, president of the Uruguayan Dohne Merino Association,  hosted an extremely successful field day on his farm La Pastoral.  The day was attended by more than a hundred people and this success was ascribed to competitions including selecting the ewe with the heaviest fleece, finest fleece, heaviest  lamb, average weight of the ewe hoggets etc. ………..

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Australian Dohne Merino Breeder – Murray Rogerson visits South Africa

Murray Rogerson is a prominent Dohne Merino Breeder in the state of Victoria, Australia.  Murray’s Stirling Dohne Merino stud is situated in the South Western part of Victoria at Glenthompson.   Murray describes the area as a “soft damp area” with an average yearly rainfall of 540mm.   Sheep have to handle “long wet grass” for approximately …………

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Sales 2017 – Grootfontein Research Trust, Middelburg EC

Grootfontein  Research Trust held their Dohne Merino stud’s annual production sale on the 24th of February, 2017.   The sale was marked by initial cancellation on account of a trade union dispute at this agricultural institution.   After several representations to the head office of the Agricultural Department the sale could proceed and subsequently ……….

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Sales 2017 – White Wools, Molteno

Andries and Dries Pienaar held their annual Production sale on the 25th of January 2017 on their farm in the Molteno district. The sale was marked by the display and viewing of their excellent top rams to be offered for sale on the 15th of February at the National Dohne Merino sale in Bloemfontein. The 63 rams of excellent quality on offer, were all sold at the high average price of ……….

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Sales 2017 – LA and J de la Harpe, Normandy Dohne Stud, Graaff Reinet

The production sale of the Normandy Dohne Merino Stud took place on the 28th of February, 2017.  This excellent longstanding Dohne Merino stud sold a total of 53  top quality Dohne  Merino rams for an average price of R9585.  Mr KP (Kevin) Miles, commercial Dohne Merino farmer from Dordrecht,  who also bought a ram at R13000,  paid […]

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Sales 2017 – FEM Dohnes, Burgersdorp

This well established Dohne Merino stud kept on functioning under the worst possible drought conditions, thinkable, for at least the last three years.   Despite this appalling farming conditions,  Frans and Andries Marx hosted an extremely successful production sale on the 22nd of February 2017.  A total of 85 rams were sold at an average price of R9894.  The highest priced ram ………..

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Sales 2017 – Vlakkloof Dohnes, Protem

Daniel Giliomee, our Dohne merino breeder with top marketing skills held the annual production sale of his Vlakkloof Dohne Merino Stud on the evening of 24 January 2017. Daniel’s evening schedule included entertainment of the ladies present, by Wessel of Koekedoor fame! Needless to say that this form of marketing paid off very handsomely and the 48 rams on offer were sold at an ………..

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Sales 2017 – Potberg Production Sale

The 2017 Dohne Merino Autumn sales season kicked off with the extremely successful sale of Mr. JF (Vlooi) Du Toit’s Potberg Dohne Merino Stud, Bredasdorp. Mr. Du Toit sold 81 top rams for the average price of R9728. This average price is R578 higher than the price recorded in 2016 for the same sale. Mr. Du Toit’s rams were in demand for especially ………………………

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Council Report – 2015

South African agriculture was subject to not only economic instability but also the onslaught of a terrible drought during, particularly the latter half of 2015 in the summer rainfall areas.  Numbers of small towns experienced demoralizing water shortages and depended on underground water supplied by farmers.   The fortunes of Dohne Merino breeders were softened by the attributes of hardiness and adaptability of their flocks.  In true Dohne Merino culture, our breeders also …………..

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Fiftieth anniversary of the Dohne Merino Breed Society – 14 September 2016

The Dohne Merino Breed Society ended its 50th anniversary on a high note near Bredasdorp on the 14th of September 2016.  The occasion of the celebration took place at a wonderful venue – the RUENS PRIMARY – school.  The gala event took the format of a formal dinner with guest speaker Prof Mohammed Karaan of Stellenbosch University.  The festive ambience of the event was enhanced by ……….

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How the Dohne stack up financially

Since its inception the aim of the Dohne Merino has been well defined with the breeding objective to improve meat, wool and reproductive traits. In comparison, Fine Wool enterprises have focused on just wool in the past, and similarly, prime lamb enterprises have tended to focus just on meat and reproduction. This analysis modelled the Dohne, Fine wool Merinos and a crossbred Prime Lamb enterprise run in three different environments and found the Dohne Merino is more profitable based on the last 10 year prices whether it is being run in high, medium or low rainfall environments. It would appear that the adoption of objective measurement and modern breeding tools has meant that the breed’s objective has been well implemented over the last 50 years.

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Gariep Superior Genetic’s first sale!

Jannie  Krüger and his son Niël bought in only the best genetics they could lay their hands on when they established their Dohne Merino stud, a few years back.  This father and son combination must be congratulated on the excellent stud they managed to buid up in such a short period in time.  Their strategy paid off when they staged their first official sale this year on the 23rd of August.  For starters they sold …………

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Kouga Dohnes, Karreedouw – Production sale

Mr Henri Du Plessis and his son Stephan, who recently received his certificate for passing the Dohne Merino course for Breeders, held their annual production sale of Kouga Dohnes on the 13th of September at Humansdorp.  GWK auctioneers’ Mr. Renier Zietsman and his staff conducted this very successful production sale at which 67 excellent Dohne Merino rams were sold at an average price ……….

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Bessiesfontein Dohnes, Ladismith, KZN – Production Sale

Julius Beukes, Bessiesfontein, Ladismith, KZN, held his very successful production sale on the 7th of September. Despite doubts about selling a little younger animals that were prepared for a touch shorter than usual, buyers of this studs excellent genetic material, confirmed their confidence in Julius’s Rams by buying the 55 available rams at an average price of ……….

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Mullersvlei Dohnes, Calvinia – Production Sale

 The Mullersvlei Dohne Merino stud, regularly acquire top genetic material on the National sale and also production sales right across the entire country.  Marcellene van Rooyen also follow the basic principle of rearing sheep under natural commercial farming  conditions.  This policy got some recognition in 2016 when the Mullersvlei Dohne stud sold 43 excellent Dohne Merino rams at an average price of ………

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Dohne Merino course – Grootfontein College of Agriculture

The course for Grootfontein College of agriculture is conducted every year by making use of the College’s stud Dohne Merinos that are managed by Mr. Marius van Heerden.  Our gratitude to Marius as well as Mr. Willie van Heerden (Lecturer) and Anton Lombard (BKB) who assist with the practical sessions on a regular basis.   This year’s course ……….

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Dohne Merino course – Weston College of Agriculture

The Dohne Merino course for learners of the Weston College of Agriculture, Mooirivier, KZN, took place on the 1st and 2nd of September 2016.  This course for secondary school students was attended by 22 grade 11 learners.  Congratulations to G. Montile who was the top student for the course. Since study material for the Secondary school course is ……….

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Sale Result – FC Jeandre Bester Moorreesburg

The Annual production sale of the Besters of Moorreesburg took place on the 11th August 2016.   The Besters are known for being extremely meticulous farmers.  Their management practices are of  the highest degree of precision and extremely high production values are achieved.  All rams offered for sale (48) were sold at an excellent average price of  ………

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Sale Result – Suid Kaap Promotion Sale

The Southern Cape Promotion sale is one of the very few meaningful promotion sales supported dy Dohne Merino stud breeders. At this season’s sale on the 28th of July 2016, 84 Dohne Merino rams were sold at an average price of R7928-00. This average price serves as an indication of the high quality standard maintained. It is however of some significance to note that buyers are ………

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Obituary – Pienkie Watermeyer

Pinkey Watermeyer (1925-2016) was elected to the first Council  of the Dohne Merino Breed Society on 16 May 1966, died in Graaff Reinet on 4 August 2016 at the age of 91. He is remembered as a passionate supporter and breeder of Dohnes, especially in the early days,  at the time the  Dohne Merino Breed Society was formed.  He was very much involved in  the arrangements for the inaugural meeting to form a ……….

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Sale Result – Nello Dohnes, Brandfort

Mr Louis Nel and Mr. Carel Nel held an unexpectedly highly successful production sale of Dohne Merinos out of their Nello stud on the farm Ofra, in the Brandfort district. The sale taking place on the 28th of July 2016, was a fitting farewell to their stud advisor Mr. Wouter Vorster who departed form the area to continue his duties in and around Humansdorp. The success of the sale ……

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Sale Result – Suidplaas Dohnes, Bredasdorp

Suidplaas Dohnes, Protem, Southern Cape became famous for staging one of the biggest small stock production sales in South Africa. What is not always recognized, is that Wynand du Toit also sell large numbers of ewes on his production sale. This year, on account of adverse conditions experienced only 544 Dohne Merino ewes were sold at an average price of ……

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Dohne Merino course – Glen Agricultural College

The Dohne Merino course for students of the Glen College of Agriculture, Bloemfontein, were conducted on the 16th and 19th of August 2016.  The theoretical part on which the practical tuition is based was completed on the 16th of August. Mr. Louis and Karel Nel once again hosted practical sessions on the 19th of August for the Glen students.  Mr. Rudolph Smit (BKB) for his first time ……….

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ELSENBURG DOHNE COURSE

The Main Dohne Merino course took place at the Elsenburg College of Agriculture from the 8th to the 10th of June 2016. The course was very attended by 55 students including breeders, prospective Dohne Merino Inspectors and students from Stellenbosch University and Elsenburg Agricultural College. Mr. John Morris who made the Facilities at Mariendahl experimental farm ……..

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Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein – Dohne Merino Course

The  Dohne Merino course for students of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Bloemfontein took place on the 4th and 5th of  May.  After completing the Theoretical part of the course on the premises of CUT, the practical sessions were hosted by Mr. Wicus Jacobs (Tweekoppen Dohnes, Reddersburg) for the first time.   The course was attended by 45 very enthusiastic and well behaved students.  Congratulations to ……….

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Dohne Merino Snippets 2016 Number 1

The must have book “Birth of a Breed – The Dohne Merino Story” proves to be very popular. The book sponsored by BKB, was recently presented to Prof Piet de Wet, Former Head of the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Sheep and Wool Science. Prof de Wet is still in good shape and commented very positively on various aspects of the Wooled Sheep Industry. The Dohne Merino Breed Society ………………

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Dohne Merinos prove to be reliable under natural grazing conditions

According to a recent analysis by the Dohne Merino Breed Society, at least half of the Dohne Merino breeders in South Africa do not use any resources to accerate reproduction. This portion of the stud industry can arguably be regarded as the “organic” portion of the industry. As can be expected, the reproduction in this portion of the industry is lower. Lambing percentages vary between……………

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Dohne Merinos show their metal during droughts

South Africa is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts ever. It is during times like this that farmers become newly aware of the value of hardy stock that can withstand these difficult conditions with the minimum of input at their disposal.
Dohne Merinos are known as easy care animals which can get by on relatively low quality fodder. The breed’s origin in the sourveld regions with severe winters, gives away the reason

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