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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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