The Dohne. (pronounced “Doo-Nee”)
To maximise returns to commercial producers through meat and wool in a sustainable and profitable way. Produce prime lambs & quality wool from the one self replacing pure bred flock.
What is a Dohne?
The Dohne is a dual purpose merino developed by the South African Department of Agriculture Using Peppin – Based Merino ewes and German Mutton sires. The breeding program started more than 60 years ago and the progeny were interbred and selected for high fertility, rapid lamb growth rates and fine merino wool production under rangeland conditions. All registered Dohnes have a full Pedigree, this has enabled many faults to be virtually eliminated form the breed.
The Dohne today is a well balanced dual-purpose breed that allows the commercial producer to market both a quality heavy weight lamb and fine-medium white wool.
The breed was introduced into Western Australia in 1998 and is now bred in all states of Australia as well as New Zealand.
The Dohne is a naturally polled, plain bodied sheep and therefore, easy care. It has the ability to do well on low quality pasture and is adapted to a wide range of environmental and climatic conditions. As the Dohne is naturally bare breeched, the necessity for mulesing beyond the F1or F2 stage is eliminated. The A.W.I. bare breech scoring has been adopted by Dohne breeders.
Purebred and crossbred Dohnes can be run as a self-replacing meat-wool enterprise eliminating the need to buy in replacement or traditional first cross ewes as with other prime lamb breeds.
Purebred ewes produce from 4-6 kg of high quality, white 18-21 micron wool in the tradition of the great Australian wool clip. They have high fertility with up to150 percent lambing not uncommon. Slaughter lambs have rapid growth rates(350gms a day) up to weaning and can achieve a marketing weight of 50Kg. at six months of age.
The Nareeb Nareeb Dohne Stud was founded and registered in 2007 with the purchase of 110 high quality Stud ewes from the Roseville Park Dohne Stud at Dubbo. A further purchase of 64 ewes this year along with 65 maidens bred here will see us lambing down around 320 Stud ewes in 2010.
What effects will Dohne Genetics have on your Sheep Flock?
- Fertilty/ Mothering ability – more lambs.
- Better growth rates in lambs – lower fed costs and earlier turn off of lambs.
- Small lambs for lambing ease.
- Better feed conversion – well adjusted to all feed conditions.
- Bare breech – eliminates the necessity to mules.
- Retain high quality wool and eliminate colored fibre.
- Improve wool quality in prime lamb breeds without reducing muscle area.
Dohnes can be used as a complete self replacing flock producing meat and wool or as a highly valued alternative to other maternal or terminal sires. With first cross wool prices at very low levels we see a real future for the Dohne Sheep in replacing the traditional maternal and terminal sires that have been used over merino ewes. First cross ewes that will cut around $30 worth of wool, at least they pay their board and lodging if they lose their lambs. Dohne’s have a lot going for them, 18-21 micron wool, plain bodied skins (easier shearing and increased skin value), bare breach (no mulesing), fertility (high lambing %), low birth weights (easy care lambing), fast growth rates (earlier selling dates or heavier lambs), excellent carcase traits (lean high yielding meat) and a wide dietary range (suitable for all types of improved and unimproved pastures). The use of objective measurement for body weight, wool cut and micron since 1970 enables breeding values to be compared accurately both within flocks and across Australia. Unlike the Australian Merino, a full pedigree register has all but eliminated black and medullated fibres from Dohne sheep.