WITH Dohnes known as the well-balanced, dual-purpose breed that allows commercial producers to market both a quality heavyweight lamb and a fine-medium, white wool, it is no wonder the Dohne Dollar competition this year attracted strong interest throughout the State.
Dohne Dollars is a competition organised by the WA committee of the Australian Dohne Breeders Association in conjunction with Farm Weekly to give two lucky readers the chance to win a $1000 voucher to buy Dohne rams at sales around WA.
The two winning entries drawn from the barrel on Tuesday were sent in by Rob Leiper, Esperance and Tynan Coffey, Franklin River.
Mr Leiper produces cattle, sheep and grain and couldn't believe he was a winner when Farm Weekly rang to deliver the good news.
Mr Leiper said he had entered most of the Farm Weekly's competitions and was at the stage where he was going to stop entering them because he hadn't had a win. but when he saw the Dohne Dollars promotion he thought he would have a go.
Although Mr Leiper has never been exposed to the Dohne breed or had one on his 1120-hectare property, he said he had always been keen to try new things and looked forward to taking the Dohne jump.
"I will now have to do my research and have a look around to purchase some Dohne rams," he said.
Mr Leiper runs 500 Merino ewes and has already got a specific line of 120 newly acquired Merino hoggets with a 19 micron average in mind to join to the rams.
"I have always thought about making the switch to the easy-care breed after my neighbour had some great success with them," he said.
Mr Leiper currently joins a proportion of his ewes to Corriedale-Texel cross and Border Leicester sires and sells their lambs to the local abattoirs at one-year-old after being lotfed.
Mr Coffey was also rapt with his win.
He said he had entered the competition a number of times and whether he won it or not he was always going to purchase five Dohne rams this ram selling season.
"We are looking at getting out of Merinos altogether and possibly going down the pure Dohne track as they are a hardier animal but still have reasonable wool," Mr Coffey said.
"This voucher will be very handy in purchasing some local rams in the Mt Barker district."
After finishing his trade as a plumber, Mr Coffey went back to the family farm eight months ago to help manage 600 Merino and 400 Border Leicester-White Suffolk cross ewes.
Mr Coffey said they currently mated 300 Merino ewes to Border Leicester rams and kept the F1 hoggets as replacements while the crossbreds were joined to Poll Dorset or White Suffolk sires.
"In the near future we hope to purchase a line of purebred Dohne ewes and keep some F1 Dohnes as replacements," he said.