The Dohne Merino breed’s main objective, since the earliest days, remains to produce meat with production of Merino quality wool …..
The Dohne Merino breed’s main objective, since the earliest days, remains to produce meat with production of Merino quality wool …..
Mr Julius Beukes postphoned his annual production sale to 10 October and held the last production sale for 2017 of his Bessiesfontein Dohne Merino stud. He sold 59 top rams …..
Mr Koenas van der Westhuizen held the Towerland Dohnes, Nieuwoudtville, production sale on the 12th of September 2017. Despite appalling …..
Kouga Dohnes, Humansdorp, held its annual production sale on the 12th of September 2017. Mr Henri Du Plessis and his son Stepfan, sold 71 top rams at an …..
Charlton Dohnes, Somerset East, held its annual production sale on the 5th of September 2017. Mrrss. Phillip and Dix Erasmus sold 41 rams at the average price ……
Marcellene van Rooyen held the Mullersvlei Dohne stud production sale on the 29th of August 2017, at Calvinia. This sale was hampered by the declaration of …..
Mr Clark Rattray staged the CCM Farms, Swartberg, KZN, production sale on the 17th of August 2017. This sale posted a record average price for a production …..
Mr. Isak Smit offered and sold 13 Dohne Merino rams on the Weskus Promotion Sale, Vredenburg on the 6th of September 2017. The rams were sold for the average …..
The Piketboere promotion Sale, Piketberg, was supported by Mr. Stephen Mouton and son who sold 54 Dohne Merino rams on this sale for the average …..
The Suid Kaap Veetelers Promotion Sale, Bredasdorp on the 27th of July, was well supported by Dohne Merino breeders in the area and a total of 81 rams were sold …..
The Caledon veetelers promotion sale on the 14th of June 2017 was supported by the Swarco Dohne Merino stud. A total of 8 top rams was offered and sold for the ……
Suidplaas Dohnes, Protem, held its annual production sale on the 9th of August 2017. Mr. Wynand du Toit once again sold ……
Isak Smit’s Piket Dohnes, Eendekuil held its production sale on the 3rd of August 2017. A total of 79 top quality rams were sold at the average …..
Hoffie and Lammie Basson staged their production sale on the 2nd of August 2017, they sold a total of 68 rams for one of the highest average prices of the season of …..
Mr Freddy and Mark Schmidt held Kromspruit Dohnes’ production sale on the 1st of August 2017. They sold a total of 52 excellent Dohne rams for an average …..
Nello Dohnes, of Mr. Louis and Karel Nel,Brandfort held its annual production sale on the 27th of July 2017. These two stalwarts who also …..
Mr. Boeta (JH) Wessels hosted his Weska Dohne stud’s production sale on the 21st of July 2017. Boeta Wessels who also sold a …..
Charfontein Dohnes, Vrede, held its annual production sale on the 20th of July 2017. Mr Andries and Neels Greyling sold a total of no less than …..
The Terra Vino Dohne Merino stud of the University of Stellenbosch held the stud’s annual production sale on the 20th of July 2017. Mr John Morris Manager …..
Mr. Bertus Mong held an excellent production sale on the 6th of June 2017 by selling 53 rams at an average price of R10,176. Langhoogte farms once …..
Swartrivier Estates, Caledon held their annual production sale on the 30th of May 2017. Michael Swart and his very capable team sold ……
Mr. Danie Hattingh held a successful production sale of his Louise Dohne stud. At the sale 44 rams were sold at an excellent average price of R9,303. The highest priced ram was sold to …..
Extreme weather conditions marked the second production sale of Mr Jannie and Niel Kruger’s Schietfontein Dohne Merino at Phillipolis on the 22nd of August 2017. A total of 27 rams were sold at an average price of R6815. The rams on sale were characterized by excellent production figures and breeding values. The highest …………….
The annual production sale of FC and Jeandre Bester took place on the 10th of August 2017 on the farm of FC Bester. A total of 75 top Dohne Merino rams were auctioned by Mr. Appie Maritz (BKB, Paarl) at the excellent average price of R10,400. The highest price for an individual ram of R26,000 was paid by Mr Mr. Louw from Malmesbury. It is clear that the
Ockie Le Roux, well known personality in the Dohne Merino and entire small stock industry retired after fifty years of impeccable service in the Humansdorp area. Ockie provided the following interesting insight into his long successful career: ………….
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 ……….
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 ……….
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 ……….
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. ………..
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 …………
Mr Peter Blaine, Chairman of the Eastern Cape award the MJ Rob floating Trophy to Mr. AJ Robb (Robdorino Dohne Stud) after the Wauldy Dohne Merino Production Sale. The trophy is awarded every year to the Dohne Merino Stud Farmer selling the highest priced ram for ………….
Robbie Blaine held the third Production sale of his Wauldby Dohne Merino Stud on the 14th of March 2017. Robbie Blaine sold 39 rams at an average price of R8500. Gerald Cawthorne sold another 6 rams at R6583 (average). Prices for ewes offered by Robbie Blaine and guest sellers varied between ………..
The Dohne Merino Breed Society congratulate AJ Robb for staging the first Robdorino sale on his farm near Keiroad. On this successful sale that replaced the Keiroad promotion sale, a total of 45 Dohne Merino rams from three sellers were sold at an average price ………….
Tweekoppen Dohnes held their annual production sale on the 28th of February, 2017. The successful sale offered truly veld reared rams at affordable prices to flock farmers. Despite the most serious prevailing drought conditions Tweekoppen succeeded in selling 238 ewes at an average price of R1693! A total of 48 ………….
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 ……….
On the 22nd of February 2017, Blydskap Trust held their extremely successful annual production sale. The 67 rams on offer were all sold at the average price of R11820. Mr. Bertus Mong, Elgin bought a potential ……….
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 ……….
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 […]
Richard Armstrong’s sale of his own RA and EN Dohne Merino studs followed this seasons trend of higher prices and excellent results attest of the quality of the animals offered for sale. Richard’s 77 rams offered on the sale were all sold for the average price of R10587. The highest priced ram was bought by mr AJ Robb and
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 ………..
Olmar Dohnes, well known for producing quality wool, held its production sale on the 17th of February 2017. This Olmar sold 51 rams and 112 ewes for average prices of R10617 and R2120 respectively. Both the highest and second highest price of R36000 and R29000 were
Graham Hobson and JP Steynberg held their combined production sale on the 14th of February 2017, only one day before the National dohne Merino sale. Despite this years unacceptable very cramped-inn sales program, an excellent sales result was achieved. These two studs apply extensive management of stud animals in the purist ………..
Zeiss Jordaan held the annual production sale of the Sneeuberg Dohne Merino stud on the 08 February 2017. The highest priced ram was bought by Mr. De Klerk from Bedford at R24000. The average price for 63 top quality rams sold was R12024. This high average is a good reflection of the high selection ………
The Kromspruit Dohne Merino stud’s production sale as usual produced an excellent sale result on account of the excellent quality (+ conformation) animals offered. On the 9th of February 2017 the 47 rams on offer were sold at an average price of …………
Crux Dohnes held their very successful sale on the 9th of February 2017 on the farm De Put of Dohne president, Mr. Koos Vosloo. This extremely large sale offered and sold 3259 ewes and 111 rams, rendering it the second largest Dohne Merino sale in South Africa. The overall average price for stud and commercial ewes ……….
GWG Business Trust held their second production sale on the 3rd of February 2017. This relatively young stud in the Dohne Merino industry offered 40 high quality rams for sale as well as a compliment of 237 6th and older ewes. The average price for ewes of ………
CMW held a very good production sale for Cecil and Henk van der Merwe on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 on their farm Grootvlei in the Barkly East District. The rams were in good condition and Andre van Zyl (CMW) auctioneered ……….
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 ………..
Pillipie and Japie Marais together with Hugh Collett held the second production sale of 2017 on the farm Vervulling in the Cradock district on the 24th of January. Demand was above all expectations and the 64 rams on offer were sold at an average price of R10,016. Stud ewes cast for age were sold at R1,800 each. The highest priced ram at …………
The Dohne Merino Breed Society congratulates Cameron McMaster on his 80th birthday. Cameron’s birthday was on the 25th of January but the celebration took place on the 22nd of January 2017 at his home in Napier. The celebration was in the format of a dinner for all his loyal friends. Cameron is still very active […]
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 ………………………
A total of twelve South Africans represented the South African Dohne merino industry at the historical first Global Dohne Merino Conference in Dubbo, Australia.
The pre-conference tour formed an integral part of this prestigious event, and it already led to lots of discussion in South Africa before its start ……….
The Australian Pre-conference tour (continued) provided a mix of technical information and excellent entertainment to set-up a great sense of comradery and an appetite for the excellent conference to follow at Dubbo.
The Australian visit most certainly exceeded South African expectations regarding Dohne wool. Along the tour we came across a number of practical hints which may be of use back home. Some of the more prominent ones are presented in this article. The reader is directed to other articles on the website […]
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 …………..
The main selection criteria for the Dohne Merino breed is among others to increase yearling live weight, maintain fleece weight and to reduce mean fibre diameter. It is known that heavier and leggier animals tend to be less hardy and possibly less reproductive. It is hypothesised that selection for growth (weaning and post weaning) will […]
NEWclients fromIvanhoe, NSW, were the volume buyers at the Hall family’s Ulooloo Dohne sale at Hallett. Father and son Edward and Shane Rees, Retreat SAMM stud, travelled across the border as they are trialling Dohnes in their SAMM flock. They bought 16 rams to $1700, averaging $868. Edward said he was looking for quality sires […]
THE Superior Wool Merinos stud received a significant lift in its annual Poll Merino ram sale at Tintinara on Friday. Of the 80 rams offered, 78 sold to $4100 – up 14 per cent on last year’s sale top. Extra keenness by buyers also pushed the average up 12pc to $1501 – the stud’s best […]
COMPETITION from repeat buyers and new bidders underpinned the success of Hamilton Run Poll Merino, Dohne and White Suffolk stud’s annual on-property sale on Tuesday last week, with a top price of $4600 for the Poll Merinos. Stud principals Greg Andrews and Nicole Luckraft sold 103 of 112 Poll Merinos on offer for an average […]
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 ……….
A SMALL offering of July/August 2015-drop White Suffolk rams, penned for the first time at Hamilton Run, met solid demand, with 39 of 44 selling to $1100 and averaging $776. The Hamilton Run White Suffolk stud was established with the purchase of 150 stud ewe hoggets from the Kismet stud, Albury, NSW. Hamilton Run stud […]
Since the inception of the Dohne breed in our property, we have seen the benefits of the breed. Dohnes have proven their superior mothering ability and growth rates to meet lamb market specifications and also still produce a reasonable fleece at shearing. The Dohne fits into our sheep and cropping operation efficiently as documented below. […]
MT ALMA’S Dohne ram sale strength was its commercial buyers, but a number of SA studs also operated. Robin and Marianne Schwartz, Pindari stud, Waterloo, lead the stud buying with three rams to $5000. Landmark auctioneer Richard Miller said it was just rewards for the Ashby family’s depth of quality. “Thestrength was the large volume […]
COONALPYN-based Mt Alma Dohne Merino sale raised the benchmark for the breed last week, with their average soaring despite an increased offering. In a total clearance, 169 outstanding rams, mostly April/May 2015-drops, sold to $5400 and averaged $2252 – up $329 on 2015. Ike and Carolyn and Eric and Sophie Ashby catalogued an extra 30 […]
The Dohne is a true dual-purpose breed option capable of performing in a variety of environments. The use of objective testing programs and a focus on the major factors driving profit, performance and efficiencies within sheep enterprises, has seen the breed increase in number and importance in recent years. Continued improvements in wool and sheep […]
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.
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 …………
The Production sale of Mr. Koenas van der Westhuizen’s Towerland Dohnes, Nieuwoudtville ended the year 2016’s spring sale season, on a very high note. Demand for rams from especially Karoo areas very high at this sale and the total presentation of 50 very high quality Dohne Merino rams were sold at the highest average price ………..
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 ……….
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 ……….
Clark Rattray held his annual production sale of his Pleasant View Dohne Merino stud on the 18th August. The Pleasant view Dohne stud is known for rams with outstanding conformation. Once again demand for this superior genetic material was very high and the large presentation of 77 top rams were sold at an equally high average price of ………
Hardy and very adaptable Charlton Dohne Merino rams were presented on the 6th Of September on the annual production sale of Mr. Phillip and Dix Erasmus of Somerset East. The Dohne rams exhibited excellent balance between conformation and superior merino wool quality. The total number of 46 rams were sold at an average price of …………
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 ………
The annual promotional sale of the Piketberg farmers took place on the 10th of August 2016. Dohne Merino breeder, Stephen Mouton, yearly present excellent rams for sale at the Piket Farmers Sale. This year was no exception and Stephen’s 50 rams were sold at an excellent average price of R9,870 each. The highest priced Dohne […]
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 ……….
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 ……….
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 ………
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 ………
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 ……….
The Legendary Basson Bothers held their combined production sale on the 3rd of August 2016. Conditions were less than ideal on account of last years drought conditions experienced in the Swartland. Nothwithstanding, Hoffie Basson sold 42 rams at an average price of 13142-00. Hoffie’s brother, Lammie Basson likewise sold 34 more Dohne Merino rams …..
Mrrs. Freddy and Mark Schmidt’s Kromspruit Dohnes production sale took place on Tuesday the 26th of July 2016. Apart from cattle, 47 registered Dohne Merino rams were sold at an excellent average price of R9372-00. The sale was marked by high prices for a number of outstanding rams. Likewise young Dohne Merino ewes were sold at an average price of ……
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 ……
Mr Isak Smit, Piket Dohnes, Sorgvliet, Eendekuil, in the Swartland area, held his annual production sale on the 6th of August 2016. Despite the drought conditions of last year, tremendous interest was shown in both Dohne Merino rams and ewes. A total of 80 rams were sold at an average price of R11431-00 per ram. the average price for flock ewes was ……
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 ……
Mr. Andries Greyling of Charfontein Dohnes, Vrede, Freestate, held a remarkably successful production sale on the 21st of July 2016. The extremely high average price of R12200 for 63 rams sold, indicates high confidence in the breed to withstand adverse farming conditions, by South African flock farmers . The highest price of R41000 was also paid by ……
Mr DH (Boeta Wessels held his production sale on the 22nd July on his farm Karsrivier in the Bredasdorp district. During the very successful sale, the highest priced ram was sold for R46000. In total 86 rams were sold at an average price of 10662-79. From these figures it is easy to conclude that Dohne Merinos are in high demand and that the Weska rams sold, were ……
Stellenbosch University’s John Morris hosted their annual Production sale on the 13th of July 2016. John not only achieved excellent results but left on the 14th of July together with the group of South African Dohne Merino breeders and officials to attend the first Global Dohne Merino conference in Bendigo Australia. This remarkable work rate of John …….
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 ……….
A Riverina family’s Dohne wool is in demand for being non-mulesed and ethically produced !
Tom and Sophie Holt run a sheep, cattle and irrigated cropping enterprise at Urana and Jerilderie and their Dohne wool poved to be popular at knitwear manufacturers. Their wool clip, from a flock of 32,000 sheep, has been snapped up by ……….
Bertus Mong staged a very successful production sale on the 7th of June 2016. The sale took place under excellent weather conditions contrary to the usual expectations of the attendees. The mixed farming unit includes a fruit farming unit as well as other livestock and also a high standing Hereford stud. It is clear that all farming activities
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 ……..
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 ……….
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 ………………
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……………
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
The Dohne Merino breeders of South Africa believe that the world conference, which will be held between 16 and 23 July 2016 in the regions of Melbourne and Dubbo, will be the start of better international promotion and co-operation worldwide.
This milestone in the Dohne Merino’s expansion is dedicated to the
The name “Dohne Merino” has been a household name in the sheep breeding community, especially in the Eastern Cape, long before the official establishment of the breed society on the 16th May 1966. The official recognition by the Department of Agriculture’s Dr Wim Verbeek, at the Dohne Research Institute, Stutterheim, was the small beginning of the breed society with only approximately 2800 Dohne Merino ewes, divided up between
Bertus Mong is selling 65 outstanding AA and A Dohne Merino rams on 7 June, 2016 on the farm Florina Villiersdorp. Production figures of these rams are exellent and provide opportunities for both stud and commercial breeders to obtain top quality genetic material, suited to their need.
The success of the Dohne breed, locally and internationally, relies almost entirely on scientific selection methods under ordinary flock farming conditions. Application of scientific principles to optimize productivity of the entire flock, is basic to the understanding and effective use of the Dohne System. Therefore the Dohne Merino course is one of the core businesses of the Dohne Merino Breed Society. The course uses a hands-on ………….
Despite all negative predictions, the Dohne Merino Production sales season started off on a stable but positive note. Rain starting to fall in all major production areas, as well as the welcome increase in the wool price had a pronounced effect on both the number and price of Dohne …..