Suidplaas’s reach went beyond the African shores in 2000, when we partnered with Mt Alma, near Victor Harbor in South Australia.
With Cameron McMaster, the Dohne Merino expert, as facilitator, we agreed to send 1500 embryos to Mt Alma over a period of 5 years.
The results were phenomenal.
Cameron writes in the Landbouweekblad magazine of 5 August 2011, that the Dohnes from this stud remained in an excellent condition, despite a major drought affecting the area, as witnessed during a trip to the country in 2007.
This highlighted the hardy nature of the Suidplaas stud, and their ability to breed even in unsuitable conditions.
In 2006, Mt Alma, working with Suidplaas, decided to hold it first joint ram auction in Australia. This is now an annual event, attended by Wynand. Since the start of this auction, Mt Alma has already achieved the highest average price at on-property sales in Australia on 4 occasions. Annually they sell more than 500 rams.
And for 6 years in a row, have held the highest average ram price in Australia.
Today, the Mt Alma-Suidplaas partnership provides seed and embryos to many Dohne studs across Australia.
In 2018, Wynand travelled to Uruguay, to the second International Dohne Merino Conference. This South African breed is now becoming increasingly popular across South America – not least because of the high fertility of the sheep (in any season), their low production costs, and their dual purpose for wool and meat production.