Dohne genetics on display

31 Aug, 2013 02:00 AM
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Stephanie Penn (left) who, with her husband, runs Dohnes on their Bolgart property is pictured with her father Russell Lockyer discussing the Dohne breed with Julie Taylor and Noorla studmaster Jeremy Genders, Williams.
Stephanie Penn (left) who, with her husband, runs Dohnes on their Bolgart property is pictured with her father Russell Lockyer discussing the Dohne breed with Julie Taylor and Noorla studmaster Jeremy Genders, Williams.

WA DOHNE stud breeders from a widespread area gathered at the Narrogin Ram Shed on Monday for the fifth annual showing of some of the top genetics of their breed.

With the event falling in the same week as the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, due to time factors, two northern-based studs did not get down to the Narrogin display.

But these studs and some others from the southern regions will be on display over the two days at Dowerin.

The Narrogin showing attracted some Eastern States interest along with a number of commercial breeders wanting to know more about the breed, along with other commercial producers who have been breeding Dohnes for a number of years.

WA Dohne Breeders Association president Stephen Abbott said an emphasis this year had been to attract a more commercial interest which had been successful.

But the day also provided stud breeders an opportunity to view one another's breeding lines and breed figures along with the opportunity to discuss various topics pertinent to their breed and the industry.

Mr Abbott said the season had certainly turned around for the better in most regions.

And the recent instability in the live export market appeared at this point to have settled with the hope this might bring about an upturn in livestock prices giving a bit more confidence to commercial sheep breeders.

"There will again be a great line-up of Dohne rams this selling season at a good number of on-property sales with other studs offering rams in multi-breed, multi-vendor sales, so keep an eye on later issues of the Farm Weekly for sale details," he said.

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