Our Dohne stud started in 1972 – a time of phenomenal growth in the Dohne Merino industry.

When Overberg farmer, Jan du Toit, started our foray into Dohne farming, there were only around 44 registered breeders (with a total of 8000 registered ewes) in South Africa (and thus the world, with the breed having its origins in the country).

At the time, the industry faced a number of obstacles, like: 

  • How to increase the total number of Dohne Merinos;

 

  • And how to ensure stud breeders and clients met the high level of competence that industry leaders sought.

A strong Dohne Merino Breed Society helped to guide the growth of the breed; and to address these challenges.

This convinced Jan (Wynand’s father), to start farming with Dohne Merinos.

At the time, he bought registered ewes from the Loch Lynne and Okinawa studs to the family farm, Suidplaas (in the Overberg region of South Africa).

Jan’s first major success with Dohne sheep came in 1977 in Beaufort West.

Although the Suidplaas stud had enjoyed success at local and regional shows in the Bredasdorp area, it was here that Jan won the prize for his grand champion ewe.

Jan instituted the principles according to which we farm today (and to which Wynand attributes Suidplaas’s success): to follow strict breeding and selection criteria.

The Suidplaas stud continued to grow – and to win various awards.

So when Wynand took over the farming (Jan du Toit passed away in 1991), the foundations were in place for Suidplaas to achieve success on a global scale.

These achievements include

Winner of the
National Top Breeder Award:

  • 2000
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2018

 

Suidplaas Dohnes has also attained the South African record price on 5 occasions, and the world record price twice.

According to Cameron McMaster, in his book, Birth of a Breed: 

The Dohne Merino Story, the Suidplaas stud was a supreme example of “breeding excellence… producing many outstanding rams in South Africa and in Australia, where their genetics had a strong influence on the success of the… Mt. Alma studs.”

Wynand du Toit

  082 550 1242
  028 425 1625
  wynand@suidplaasdohnes.co.za
  Posbus 4, Protem, 7281
  @SuidplaasDohnes
  @SuidplaasDohnes
  @SuidplaasDohnes

Wynand du Toit

  082 550 1242
  028 425 1625
  wynand@suidplaasdohnes.co.za
  Posbus 4, Protem, 7281
  @SuidplaasDohnes
  @SuidplaasDohnes
  @SuidplaasDohnes