Welcome to K.D . SHEEPSTUDS
Dohnes, Wooled & Shedding Composites
We are at Bordertown, South Australia.
Directions, 5 km south of the Melbourne / Adelaide hwy, 10 km west of Bordertown
Contact me for a discussion about your sheep enterprise and what you are wanting to achieve.
With our composite sheep breeding programme it is not so important what an introduced sheep breed is called but more emphasis is put on the attributes that we are seeking to enhance greater profit and ease of care.
The over riding feature of all of the breeds we are working with is the easy lambing attributes backed up by 15 years of birthing records.
The issues we have addressed are mulesing, easy lambing, less/none/easier shearing or crutching for the meat only breeds , high meat yields , fertility and hardiness of sheep that can reproduce and thrive on poor quality feed types and in harsh environments, just to name a few.
We are brucellosis accredited free #1141,Ovine Johnes Disease tested MN2(negative) status
2016 DOHNE sale RAMS
As at 20/10/16 we have 12 Dohne rams for sale,just 12 months old ,$700 + gst
September 12th 2016 sale results - 35 rams offered ,35 sold $1080 average price .top price $1850.Thanks to all
OPEN / SELECTION DAY
K.D. SHEDDING COMPOSITE x AUSTRALIAN WHITE RAMS
SATURDAY 29 TH OCTOBER - 11 am to 1 pm
On farm at 455 Siding Rd Bordertown
Approx 50 Rams by progressive tender
30 Composite Shedding ewes for sale
Please supply identification for invoicing.
Stock Agent involvement welcome.
Barbeque lunch supplied
About the sale rams...................There is about 50% black hooved rams and I am confident to offer the rams without their feet trimmed.We have had about 500 mm of rain this year with a lot of it in winter so it has been a good test for the breed.A lot of the rams had shed off by early August.
I am supplying birth dates ,weaning dates and weights,birth type(single/twin) and live weight on sale date.
The mature weight/size of the Australian White Composite rams is moderate but the focus is on the growth rates of their progeny up until they are ready for sale."Big is beautiful" by human nature but massive rams are hard to handle and eat a lot.
Please phone me on 0412070971 for any enquiries and to indicate attendance on 29 th November.Stock agents welcome.
Thanks - Kym ph 0412 070 971
more photos coming.
NEWS.............. K.D. Sheepstuds purchased the 2 Australian White sires (above)at Tattykeel AW sale in early October
I will have them on display at sale day on 29th October
Sale rams at 15th October
25 WOOLED COMPOSITE RAMS
Theres about 10 Wooled Composite rams that I will have available on 29th October also.
Theres not a big number of this group this year (70 % were ewe lambs) but if you are seeking rams that are renowned for trouble free lambing that are used over maiden ewes then check these out.There will be about just 2 Charollais cross rams left that are "muscle bound" and also easy lambing.
These rams have shown excellent growth and muscling. They are a composition of Coolalee, White suffolk with a hint of White Dorper for the extra muscling and hardiness. They are non shedding so they will produce lambs that carry a full pelt. There has been no lambing issues with this genetic line for 3 years and the ewe base of 13 years .
LATEST WEANING STATS @ 3 rd Sept
I have just weaned a drop of the same genetics as the rams above .
54 lambs from 32 ewes ,168% -oldest lambs 103 days,youngest 78 days
Single lambs ave 464g/day ( top 566 g/day)
Twin lambs ave 420g/day (top 535 g/day)
SHEEP FOR SALE
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Shedding ewes available,please enquire
AUTUMN DROP STUD DOHNE LAMBS WEANED AT 16 WKS
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING. DOHNES - THE K.D DOHNE RAMS THEY BOUGHT 3-5 YEARS AGO ARE STILL GOING STRONG AND THEIR STRUCTURE HAS HELD UP WELL COMPARED TO SOME OTHER DOHNE RAMS.
- WE ARE ACHIEVING A MINIMUM OF 10% EXTRA LAMBS FROM EWES
MATED TO DOHNES,EVEN OUT OF TRADITIONAL MERINO EWES BECAUSE OF MODERATE BIRTH SIZE AND SURVIVABILITY OF LAMBS
-CLINTS ARE USING DOHNE RAMS OVER STRONG WOOL X BRED EWES
TO REDUCE MICRON FROM 28+ DOWN TO 24 MICRON RESULTING IN AN EXTRA $18 /HEAD WOOL CUT(FEB 2012 PRICES).THEY ARE ALSO MAINTAINING LAMBING % AND CARCASE TRAITS THAT THEY WOULD NORMALLY GET WITH 1ST X EWES.
COMPOSITE RAM CLIENTS
- WE HAVE MARKED 670 LAMBS FROM 450 EWES .WE HAD LESS THAN 20 DEAD LAMBS FROM THAT LAMBING THAT WE FOUND.
- K.D. RAMS ARE VERY HARDY AND PERSISTANT WORKERS AND VERY FEW EWES ESCAPE THE RAMS DESIRE TO MATE.WE USED A DIFFERENT BREED AS A BACKUP AFTER 3 WEEKS TO DO A COMPARISON AND FOUND
THAT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH EWES LEFT UNMATED TO COMPARE.
- WE INCUR NO LAMBING ISSUES WITH K.D. RAMS even when using over ewe lambs that are having their first lamb at 12 months old.We confidently lamb the maiden ewes at a block 20 km away and only go out to check them twice a week while lambing.NO MORE PULLED HAMMIES OR DEAD LAMMIES.