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National Dohne Merino Sale – 2016 Bloemfontein

The very successful national Dohne Merino sale of 2016, took place at the BKB sales Complex, Bloemfontein showgrounds, on the 17th of February 2016.
The highest price for a ram was R110 000 attained by the White Wools Dohne Merino Stud of Mr. Andries Pienaar, Collingham, Molteno.


National Dohne Merino Sale, Bloemfontein: Top price R110 000 (40 rams sold at an average price of R28 833)
Photo L/R:
Madelene and Dries Pienaar (sellers, White Wools, Molteno), Piet Moller and Isak Smit (buyers), Leon Strauss (BKB) and Jan van der Walt (BKB, holding the ram)

The Dohne Merino Breed Society extends its gratitude to the 11 breeders that brought their best rams to part take in this historical sale as well as the buyers that supported the sale. The National sale remains the main event of the Dohne Merino society, where top breeding material can be compared. Every supporter of the National sale was a true winner in his own right.


Position Stud Average No Sold
1 White Wools, Molteno, Eastern Cape 57 333 3
2 CCM Farms, Swartberg, KZN 46 200 5
3 Suid Plaas Dohnes, Protem, Southern Cape 34 000 7
4 Terra Vino Dohne Stud, Elsenburg Western Cape 24 333 3
5 Bessiesfontein Dohnes, Ladysmith, KZN 23 667 3
6 Weska Dohnes, Bredasdorp, Southern Cape 17 000 5
7 Kouga Dohnes, Kareedouw, Eastern Cape 16 667 3
8 Charfontein Dohnes, Vrede, Free State 23 000 2
9 Crux Dohnes (W Bekker), Free State 15 000 3
10 Kromspruit Dohnes, Memel, Free State 13 333 3
11 Lowmar Dohnes, Cradock, Eastern Cape 8 667 3
Total 11 Breeders 26 925 40

The sale was marked, in the form of the pre-sale function, by not only the regional Top Breeder awards, but also the launch of the Book “Birth of a Breed – The Dohne Merino Story” by the author and well known Mr. Cameron McMaster.


Photo 2: “birth of a breed – The dohne merino Story” ready to be launched and the occasion to be celebrated with a glass of champagne

The occasion was attended by a number of VIP’s including the CEO of BKB, Mr. Wolf Edmayr and also Dr. Cobus Oberholtzer and Jacobus Le Roux of BKB’s management team. OVK-CMW was represented by Mr. Manie Botha (director) and Mr John Mellville (Manager).

The Dohne Merino Breed Society congratulate the following regional winners of the Top Breeder competition Sponsored by Virbac, BKB and Molatek:
Region 1: FEM Dohnes, Mr. Frans and Andries Marx, Burgersdorp
Region 2: Lowmar Dohnes, Mr Phillipie & Japie Marais, Hugh Collett, Cradock
Region 3: Weska Dohnes, Mr DH (Boeta) Wessels, Bredasdorp
Region 4: Terra Vino Dohne Stud, Mr. John Morris, Elsenburg, Stellenbosch
Region 5: Nello Dohnes, Mr. Louis and Karel Nel, Brandfort
Region 6: CCM Farms, Mr. Clark Rattray, Swartberg, KZN


Photo 3: Winners of regional Top Breeder Competition after receiving their awards.

All members of the Dohne Merino Breed society would like to convey their gratitude to especially the representatives of these organisations that presented prizes to the winners viz.
Mr Jacobus Le Roux, BKB
Mr Janneman van Aardt, Virbac
Mr Arno Ferreira, Molatek

Following the Top Breeder awards, the book launch by Mr. Cameron McMaster, was the highlight of the pre-sale function. Mr Mcmaster not only mentioned a few interesting facts from this must have book for every small stock breeder, but he also expanded on how the concept of a book for commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Dohne Merino Breed Society, materialized. Mr McMaster who devoted his entire life to Dohne Merino Breeding, was Manager of the Breed society for a period of 30 years from 1970 to the year 2000. The Dohne Merino Breed Society can only have praise for Mr. McMaster’s continued devotion to the breed long after he officially retired. The book is in the format of an easy readable saga that appeals to all walks of life and contains full colour photo collages of all noteworthy events on the Dohne calender over the past 50 years. The function ended by opening two bottles of champagne in celebration of the 50th birthday of the Dohne Merino Breed Society and “Birth of a Breed – the Dohne Merino Story” in commemoration of this historical event.


Photo 4: Mr McMaster during the launch of the book to celebrate 50 years of existence of the Dohne Merino Breed Society

The two main brokers firms – OVK-CMW, Mr John Mellville and BKB, Mr Jacobus le Roux, together with Mr. Koos Vosloo, president of the Dohne Merino Breed Society, winners of the Top Breeder Competition and sponsors, proposed a toast on this historical event. The Dohne Merino Society wish to thank each and everyone who contributed and formed part of this milestone in the history of the Dohne Merino.