July 2023

We finished planting all our winter crops except for a late paddock of barley.

Visual scores and measurements were recorded for some groups of young sheep. These scores help build up our data and are evident as Australian Sheep Breeding Values. Whilst not compulsory in the Dohne breed, we have chosen to provide additional information for our clients to use enabling them to make better decisions.

As an example, anyone searching for high staple length will find high accuracies on the ASBVs for our rams. For those choosing short shearing intervals, this information is vital. A similar story applies to Late Dag scores.

We have classed the flocks of some local clients and are delighted with their ongoing improvement in mobs of ewe hoggets.

Both families have been able to get away from the farm for a break. The Philps enjoyed seeing a wool sale in Melbourne before attending the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, taking many opportunities to research industry innovations and meet people from different sectors of the sheep world.

We all met up at Keith in South Australia for the great display of Merino and Poll Merino rams ahead of sale season.

Joy and Allen hosted a tour group of about 20 people from Uruguay in South America who wanted to hear our story of breeding Dohnes and inspect some sires that have been successful here in our environment and at Sire Evaluations in various locations.

Joy and Allen took a break on Eyre Peninsula and attended the O’Brien family‚Äôs ram sale where they secured three rams; two for our Poll Merino flock and one Dohne. Two of these rams have at least a quarter Glen Holme background!