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
SELECTION DAY - MONDAY SEPT 12TH ON FARM
35 Top Quality rams ,11 am viewing 1 pm auction
2016 catalogue will be here by Thursday 8th .
DONE ............sale results - 35 rams offered ,35 sold $1080 average price .top price $1850.Thanks to all
INSPECTION / SELECTION DAYS
K.D. SHEDDING COMPOSITE x AUSTRALIAN WHITE RAMS
DAY 1 - MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER - 11 am to 1 pm
on farm at 455 Siding Rd Bordertown ,signs erected off Dukes Hwy
8 km west of Bordertown
Approx 30 Autumn drop rams ,by Helmsman auction
catalogue available here by 10 am Thursday 15th Sept
DAY 2 - SATURDAY 29 TH OCTOBER - 11 am to 1 pm
Approx 50 Spring Drop Rams by Helmsman auction
Today (14th Sept) I had the first chance to finalize the sale group of Aussie White x K.D. Shedding rams.
I am officially excited about what I am about to offer next Monday and equally excited about the group of young rams
that will be offered on Saturday 29th of October.(When it stops raining I will post some photos up here and on facebook) .There is a mixture of coat types and the feet structure is excellent .Theres about 50% black hooved rams and I am confident to offer the rams without their feet trimmed.
I have made a decision to hold 2 selection days due to a majority of the rams available being under 12 months old.
As at 7 Sept there is a high % of rams that have totally shed but for me to be happy and you to appreciate what I think is very exciting with the breeding that I have undertaken I need to give the young rams time to "finish off" under the paddock/grass fed policy that I have.Sorry if the alteration of dates has caused inconvenience . Please phone me on 0412070971 for any enquiries and to indicate attendance on 19th September.Stock agents welcome.
Thanks - Kym
25 WOOLED COMPOSITE RAMS
Selection Day Monday 19th Sept, 11 am to 1 pm on farm
By Helmsman auction
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 7 Charollais cross rams available 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
(SEE DETAILS ON SHEEP FOR SALE PAGE)
30 Dohne Ewes - 12-14 months old - from $160 + GST
24 Red Meatmaster Ewes - 12 - 14 months old, lambing to Red MM $155 + GST .....SOLD
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.