HISTORY OF ROSEVILLE PARK DOHNE

Who we are

Sheep and wool have been a major factor in my life.  I have bred Merinos for more than 50 years and have become well known for breeding some of the best in the industry, achieving two Australian Supreme Merino ram awards in three years.  I then stepped outside the square in 1999.

My research indicated that the Dohne produced good quality wool as well as excellent carcase and increased fertility with no compromise to the established wool quality or sheep breeding principles.  My journey with this breed over the past fourteen years has proven to be exciting and profitable.  This "pure" merino breed is all about the basics of good production and dollars per hectare.

A new adventure, which had proven to be rewarding and challenging and one I was very happy I took.

The sheep are run on a 2100 hectare property situated between Yeoval and Cumnock in Central Western Slopes NSW, on natural and improved pastures receiving 650mm of rain annually.

Roseville Park Dohne Stud was established in 1999 after Graham travelled to South Africa and visited many of the Dohne Studs.  Genetics were very carefully chosen and embryos were purchased from nine different studs.  Roseville Park was the first Dohne stud established in Eastern Australia.

Two further embryo importations in 2003 and 2004 gave the stud the ability to consolidate its breeding abjectives within the flock and today additional traits such as bare breech area are receiving a greater priority.

The stud Dohne ewes are cutting 5.8kg with an average micron of 18.6 and comfort factor of 99.3.

With high lambing weaning percentages with clients in Victoria obtaining up to 178% weaning percentage in twin bearing ewes.

Early success in breeding sires such as the successful RP00-0132 which has more than 2298 progeny recorded in the ADBA database, indicate the stud is moving in the right direction.

A foundation flock was started in 1999. It is run independently of the stud and will provide genetic diversity to the "Roseville Park Dohne type" and be an excellent ongoing comparison with the performance of the Roseville Park Dohne stud flock.

In 2006 numbers reached a peek of 2000 registered breeding ewes and in 2007 a stringent culling reduced this to 1500 breeding age ewes.  The same heavy culling will be applied annually to ensure only the best ewes remain in the stud breeding flock.

The first annual ram sale was held in September, 2001 and in February , 2007 RP held its first Dohne Production sale offering rams and a substantial number of ewes for sale.  Today we are running 1000 breeding ewes.  My expertise is still a family tradition.

Coddington Uardry
Hamilton Ram Sale

in conjunction with Roseville Park

30th October
Hamilton Showground

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Catalogue

Sale commencing 11am
Inspection from 9.30am

Enquiries for

Stud, Flock Rams & Ewes
throughout the year.
Please call Graham: 0428 638 129