Congratulations to Indoota Pastoral Co, Riverton SA, who topped the First Cross Ewe Lamb section of the Mount Pleasant Market, November 27th 2013, with a price of $182 per head. The mothers of these lambs were all sired by Glen Holme rams. This self-replacing flock has used Glen Holme Merino blood rams exclusively for more than 40 years. Recent influence of Dohne Merino has boosted maternal characteristics.
We have just completed another Embryo Transfer (ET) program where 7 ewes that we consider to be elite were used as donor ewes. The preparation process for the donor ewes and recipient ewes was intensive for several weeks, preparing the donors for super-ovulation and then artificial insemination (AI), followed by a busy day harvesting embryos and transplanting these into recipient ewes. It is incredible to see the 5 day old embryos through the microscope, understanding that these will develop into lambs. Our special ET lambs are due to arrive in late April 2014, and the ram portion will feature in our 2015 Sale Team.
We use elite ewes and rams in an ET program to create a greater number of progeny than would be possible in a single year through natural mating. Read More
Media Release - Backcrossing Dohnes
There have been significant changes to the Dohne Merino grading system in 2013. These have been chosen by the Australian Dohne Breeders Association (ADBA).
No longer is there a dual grading of rams available for public auction ie. the former AA or A grades. From now on, a sheep is either Registered as a Dohne Merino (R) or it is not. Only rams graded R can be offered for auction. This is clearly visible on the official ADBA certificate available at the time of sale.
Purchasers are welcome to take the ADBA certificate for any ram they purchase.
Registered (R) rams and ewes have met all necessary pedigree performance recording, as well as having been classed as a suitable example of the breed by an independent classer.
We will be at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days, Paskeville, September 24th, 25th & 26th.
Please call in at Site #420 Cunliffe Road - shared site with Australian Wool Network.