Why this breed is special
DOHNE MERINO, WOOL | Oct 22, 2019
Dohne Merino wool may be sold as Merino wool in the market.
But there are still a couple of characteristics that make the
Dohne’s wool unique.
for a Dohne Merino farmer – here’s why this breed is special.
• The Dohne Merino has white wool – with no dark fibres allowed. It has a soft handle, an even crimp, and no hairy fibres. It’s also characterised by the medullated fibres (which essentially means, it’s surrounded by myelin sheaths).
The Dohne’s micron fibre diameter ranges between 17 to 21.
Here at Suiplaas Dohnes, our flock’s total wool clip averages 19.7 microns.
An adult Dohne Merino can produce around 5 to 6 kgs of wool (at these wool clips).
By the age of 1, the Dohne’s wool length grows beyond 90mm.
The breed is also known for its good spinning counts.
In comparison to all other breeds in South Africa,
its wool is closest to the Duerden standard
in terms of crimp frequency (this standard has been in use since 1929, and relates a ‘quality number’ to fibre diameter and crimps per inch).
Dohne societies around the world aim for the breed to produce between 5% and 8% clean wool (this is measured as a percentage of the body weight of the adult Dohne).
Studies show that should your wool production fall between these levels, it improves your sheep’s ability to raise healthy lambs – while still retaining their fertility.