The Dohne breed led the Australian Merino industry into dual purpose sheep production from 1998.
Heavy wool cuts per hectare / head as per the traditional Merino is not the main focus of the Dohne breed. Instead we strive for a wool / meat balance. Higher lambing percentages and early lamb maturity together with hardiness and the ability of the Dohne ewe to thrive and reproduce on marginal to lush climatic conditions has proven to give a profitable balance.
Dohne wether lambs are frequently sold at 4-5 months of age with a dressed carcase weight of 22 kg +.
Progressive dual purpose sheep producers are infusing Dohne genetics into their flocks.
At K.D. we do not mules Dohnes (or any breeds) as they do not need it .
Dohne sires are selected for a white stylish wool between 19-21 micron with growth and muscling to produce the desired dual purpose attributes.
In 2016 at our property at Bordertown we received 600 mm of rain and at the shearing of the Dohne stud ewes there was only 2 handfulls of water stained wool removed from the wool from 200 ewes.
In 2013 we infused some Coddington Poll genetics into some of our Dohne ewes to enhance the wool characteristics and it increased the wool cut by 10-15% in the resulting progeny while still retaining the dual purpose attributes.
K.D. Dohne History
K.D. purchased their first Dohne ram in 2003 for $3750. This commercial ram was used over 220 maiden ewes in his first year and produced 190 lambs in 2003. He sired more than 800 lambs (naturally) in his life.
The 2 years working with these sheep was enough to convince that there were enough management and profit incentives to continue and we purchased 15 stud ewes from Summerfield stud at Katanning in W.A. in 2005 and K.D. Dohnes was started. Embryo transplant and A.I. was used to increase numbers until the chance came along to purchase the remainder of the Summerfield stud.
In April 2008, 400 ewes crossed the Nullaboar to become part of K.D. Dohnes.
18-21 micron white wool
- Moderate sized sheep-shearers in favour
- Maternal instincts-good twin retention
- High lamb survival rate
- Early lamb turnoff
- Plain body-no mulesing needed
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The K.D. Dohne ewe base is mainly Summerfield bloodlines. The wools are generally white and soft handling. Although winter rainfall is not as we expect, we find minimal water stain in animals that are 100% paddock run. We had 2 cases of body strike in 600 sheep in a wet summer in 2011.
Our ram hoggetts in 2015 averaged 18.5 micron, Standard Deviation 3.0 , C.V. 15.2 and Comfort Factor of 99.5%.
We have used sires from Mt Alma Dohnes, Summerfield Dohnes, Harewood Dohnes and Mountbatten Dohne studs.
We seek genetics that have tight breech traits and we are mules free.
Our clients report great results about the wether lambs that they send as prime lambs.