Our Dohne stud started in 1972 – a time of phenomenal growth in the Dohne Merino industry.
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.
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.
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.
These achievements include
National Top Breeder Award:
Suidplaas Dohnes has also attained the South African record price on 5 occasions, and the world record price twice.