Rains have come for us! Pastures and crops have benefitted. Sheep look well.
We have weaned the Autumn lambs which allowed us to see the performance of Sires and Dams as we weighted their lambs. We crutched and dag scored these weaners as well; one more step along the pathway of providing the best information for fly strike prevention through genetics.
We are looking forward to seeing some Flock Breeding Values (FBV’s) for Breech scores soon.
Sale rams were lotted and 90 specially selected for our 2018 Sale. Some of the rams that we took to the Australian Sheep and Wool in Bendigo will be offered as the first 3 lots.
The Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo was a new event for us. This was the first time we had taken sheep there. We had a team of five rams on display. We received two second place and a third place ribbons.
We have taken some visual scores on our young ewes prior to shearing .
We participated in Sheep Week by travelling to Penola in the South East of South Australia. Five other Dohne Studs joined us. It was an opportunity for us all to showcase the dual purpose attributes of our breed.
We shore the young rams that will be for sale in September at our On-Property Auction. We still physically mother-up all our lambs to determine their full pedigree. This is the first and important step in determining accurate breeding values for our sheep. Breeding values are a result of many measurements collected over the early life of each animal in addition to knowing it’s parents. ASBV’s (Australian Sheep Breeding Values) are used as a tool to predict the likely breeding outcomes for an animal.
April and March 2018
Field Day Season!
Lucindale and Karoonda host significant events that we attend. We enjoy meeting our existing clients and explaining the benefits of Dohnes to new acquaintances.
Our belief about involvement in Sire Evaluation Trials led us to participate in the Balmoral Sire Evaluation Merino Lifetime Productivity trial near Harrow in Victoria.
This is a long-term project that is heavily supported by AWI and industry partners, with a $13 million budget for a 10 year program.
The ewe progeny of a Sire will be kept until they are over 5 years old, with their own progeny measured for production.
Our entry is Glen Holme 141077, and we saw the ewe hoggets on February 16th at the Field Day.
Unsurprisingly, these 40 daughters measured as trait leaders (top 10%) for: Weaning weight WWT, Post Weaning weight PWT, Yearling Eye Muscle Depth YEMD, Yearling fat YFAT.
They were visually scored in the top 10% for: Breech Wrinkle BWR, Legs (Structural soundness) LEGS.
Other scored traits were also close to the top.
This pen of 40 ewes was particularly even in type, size and condition, which was pleasing, given that 45% on them were twins.
Unsurprisingly, they were not trait leaders in wool yield and wool quality fields, nor were they the worst. Glen Holme 141077 is after all a Dohne, not a Merino, and the Dohne breed aims to have a balance of production traits expressed.