August 2020

Ram grading for cataloguing has shown how far we have come in improving the wool types on our Dohnes whilst retaining the carcase traits that make the breed fertile and productive.

Exciting results continue to flow in from the AMSEA trials being conducted at Balmoral in Western Victoria. The latest data, from the 2019 drop, showed that there was no effective loss of wool production yet a huge gain in growth from Glen Holme 162503 when performance trialled against 20 top Merino and Poll Merino entries from all over Australia.

Even more pleasing than this was the data showing higher quality wool than average for both FD and CVFD. When we inspected the progeny groups in March, the wool types had withstood the wet season conditions very well; it is a 625 mm average annual rainfall region.