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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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The South African Dohne Merino Breed Society – 50 years young this year

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

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First Dohne Merino courses 2016

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 ………….

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Council Report 2014

Economic turmoil became the hallmark of South Africa.   Despite South Africa being an agriculturally unfriendly environment at all levels, our farmers are rendering an excellent food security service. Meat and wool prices are at reasonable levels. However input costs are escalating in relation to total income. Labour costs and the productivity of available labour are […]

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Dohne Stud Farmers exploit the advantages of higher reproduction rates

It well recognized that the main profit driver in any livestock farming enterprise is efficient reproduction.   In woolled sheep, the total weight of lamb weaned represents the total outcome of the reproductive cycle of the ewe. This trait is currently receiving more attention by Dohne Merino breeders to increase profitability. Dohne Merinos were selected for […]

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Kursus verslag vir 2015

Dohne Merino kursusse is gedurende 2015 uiters goed bygewoon deur ‘n totaal van 237 studente. Hierdie studentetal was saamgestel uit 3 buitelandse besoekers, 19 voornemende inspekteurs en beamptes, 12 telers (insluitend kuddeboere), 180 studente en 23 hoërskool leerlinge.   Die kursusse is aangebied te Dohne Ontwikkelings Instituut, Stutterheim, Elsenburg Landbou Kollege, Stellenbosch (Elsenburg), GLEN Landbou Kollege […]

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TOP BREEDER AWARDS – 2015

Criteria for this competition are strictly objectively evaluated and covers all aspects of stud breeding including prompt and accurate animal recording, stud administration, marketing and breed promotion. Special emphasis is placed on the efficiency of use of records to effect genetic progress. These aspects include efficient management during testing phases, generation interval, selection differentials maintained as well as number of appearances on sire lists. Participation in official sales (including the National sale) and stud information days held all serve as criteria to evaluate breeders regarding effective marketing and breed promotion. The winners of this tough competition can justifiable be regarded as front runners in the small stock industry!
The following winners will compete for the title of National Dohne Merino Top Breeder of 2016 …………

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Illegal Poisoning of wildlife on the increase

The recent death of vultures, Blue Cranes, Brown Hyaenas and other wildlife due to illegal poisoning should be a wake-up call for South African conservation authorities, law enforcement agencies and conservationists. While rhinos are faced with a grave poaching threat, other equally important wildlife species, especially scavengers and predators are at risk of joining rhinos […]

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