The Calga Dohne Sheep Stud was established in 2002 and has been operating for well over a decade. In December 2012 the late Bill Pye and his wife Margie purchased 740 special stud Dohne ewes at the Uardry dispersal sale at Hay along with the Uardry trademark. The Uardry Stud is run separately to the existing Calga Dohne Stud to ensure the Uardry type is preserved. The Uardry Dohne Stud continues with the same breeding objectives and management as before through the recruitment of key personal. With the combined ewe numbers of 2240 from the Calga and Uardry Studs, make the operation one of the biggest Dohne breeding flocks in Australia.
In 2014 for the first time Calga joined the show circuit to promote their dohne product, offering Uardry rams for sale at Hamilton Sheepvention, Barcaldine Agtech, the Inaugural Swan Hill Production Sale and at the Coonamble Production Sale. Calga has continued to show case their product annually with rams again offered rams for sale at their annual Coonamble Production Sales in 2016 held in September and at their Southern Production Sale held at the their commercial property Caroonboon Station Wanganella NSW.
THE HISTORY OF THE CALGA DOHNE STUD
2002 The Calga Dohne stud started with 50 pregnancies and followed with 50 more six months later, initially working closely with Macquarie Artificial Breeders (MAB) to expand the flock to its present number of 1100 Pure bred breeding age ewes.
2004 Calga’s early confidence in the Dohne was measured by the $20,000 Australian record price paid for the proven No 1 ranked sire in Australia, Macquarie MD03 0681 at the National Dohne sale at Dubbo in October 2004.
2007 In October 2007 Calga purchased a further 3 rams at the Adelaide Dohne Sale from the Mt Alma Stud in South Australia. Calga bought the top sale ram at $9,000. The ram was very correct with good body length and a 124.1 index. The other rams were purchased at $4,500 and $3,200 with the trio averaging $5,567. Mt Alma has a partnership with the Sudiplass Stud South Africa. Sudiplass is the worlds biggest Dohne Stud with over 5,000 ewes. Calga also purchased 1 ram from Macquarie Stud and 1 ram from Uardry Stud at the Dubbo National Sale.
2009 In November Calga paid $22,000 Australian Dohne record price paid for the Uardry UD080270 ram which was an Australian Dohne record price. At the 2009 Elmore Field Days Calga also purchased a ram from the Macquarie Dohne Stud and a ram from the Uardry Dohne Stud.
2010 Calga purchased 255 ewes from Ian and Julie Hanna of Koobelup Dohne Stud Western Australia. Calga purchased the top priced ram for $18,000 from the South Australian Potari Dohnes total dispersal sale. The 2006 drop ram weighed in at 126 kilograms, had an index of 140, a fleece weight of 12.2pc above the national average and eye muscle depth 0.8pc above the average.
2011 At annual ram sale Calga sold 92 were at an average of $1448.00. Top Price of $6,500 bought by the Midgery Dohne stud Walgett Stud Master David Berrell CA102509 had an Index 128.1 and was sired by CA081361 he is a very correct ram with a well nourished wool showing excellent crimp definition. Anthony Skinner from Goorianawa station Baradine bought 23 rams with top price of $3400 averaging $1710. Malcolm and Henry Webb from Miagunyah Warrumbungles bought 18 rams with Top price $2300 averaging $1160.
2012 740 Uardry ewes were purchased at the Uardry dispersal sale in December 2012. These ewes purchased were the best of the yard and of exceptional quality. 300 of the special Stud ewes were artificially inseminated to Uardry sires in January 2013 the balance joined to Uardry rams.
2013 Calga has bred the No 1 ranked sire in Australia CA113807 with an index of over 160 now, this ram is a superb example of the Dohne breed with magnificent 64 type wool with a well-defined crimp -1.4 for Micron. He has a body weight of +6 and has this all packed on a big well balanced frame. Not surprisingly the sire of this ram is UD080270 purchased privately from Uardry for $22,000 a record price that still stands today. UD080270 this year has again also sired the top Ram hogget with an index of 160 also and BWT of +9.
2014 In late September Bill Pye purchased 2 DD Dohne rams with good conformation and excellent wool quality from DD Dohnes at Moama NSW.
2015 Uardry UD08-270 was entered against leading Merino sires from studs across Australia in the Trangie Sire Evaluation Scheme. The results were very positive with UD08-270 proving to be a trait leader for the Dual Purpose Plus Index, all body weight, eye muscle, fat and staple strength breeding values. An excellent top to cull classing ration was also achieved showing what a great all-rounder this sire is and that our breeding objectives are being achieved and performing. With the exceptional wool and frame progeny coming through from the DD rams purchased in 2014 Calga again purchased 2 more DD Dohne rams at the DD annual sale again with good wool attributes of soft white wool with good character and body frame to add to their sires.
Details on Sires used at Calga Dohne Stud
Calga purchased DC0610335 the top priced ram for $18,000 from the South Australian Potari Dohnes total dispersal sale. The 2006 drop DC0610335 weighed in at 126 kilograms, had an index of 140, a fleece weight of 12.2pc above the national average and eye muscle depth 0.8pc above the average.
The Potari Ram is held by Landmark’s Nev Routley with Australian Top Stock’s James Lilburne, along with Potari stud principal Darryl Carpenter and stud manager Gary West.
Purchased from Uardry in November 2009 for $22,000. At the time it was an Australian Dohne record price. This impressive sire has an ADBA Index of 131.3. His EBVs (Estimated Breeding Values) recorded a Body Weight of +7.37; Fleece Weight +8.44; and Micron –0.96. and at 360 days of age, the ram had a 6.7 micron fleece.
A sire jointly bred and owned by Macquarie and Roseville Park. He was sold at the Inaugural National Dohne Sale in 2001 for $5,000 to Stan Ellis, Hamilton VIC. 295 was not only one of the leading rams in this sale but completely unrelated to any other Dohnes in Australia. 295 is an extremely long bodied and well muscled sire with good structure.
$15,000 National Sale Topper and highest priced ram sold at auction in 2003. MD01 100 was sold to Ross Walters Middleview Stud, Dalgety and Steve & Di Perry "Wyndabyne" Warren. 100 is a plain bodied sire with excellent medium/fine quality wool and confirmation. Progeny of 100 at the 2004 National Sale had the highest average (more than one ram represented) EBV for body weight (+7.8) of all rams entered.
Purchased from Glenleigh Dohne Stud, Katanning W.A for $8,250. AL89 is a long bodied, medium wool sire with good lock structure.
Purchased from Jarramongup Dohne Stud, Jerramungup, WA for $5,200. JP31 is arguably the best-muscled Dohne sire in Australia. At 365 days he had a eye muscle of 45 (equivalent to the top Poll Dorsets). JP31 is an excellent Dohne type with great spring of rib carrying through to the twist. JP31 is the finest testing sire as a mature sheep that we are currently using
MD 03-0681 'Olympus'
Calga's confidence in the Dohne can be measured by the $20,000 Australian record price paid for the proven No 1 ranked sire in Australia, Macquarie MD03 0681 at the National Dohne sale at Dubbo in October 2004. At the time of purchase, and sale-day EBVs ranked it as the number one sire in Australia with figures of 10.6pc for bodyweight, -1.7pc for micron, -1.9pc for fleece weight, -1.9pc for fleece weight; and a 134.4pc index based on 34 progeny.
Auction price of $20,000, Olympus has excellent weight for age credentials being the heaviest in the drop at 300 days (82kg) and the heaviest at 365 days (96.5kg). His 365 day wool tests are also exceptional; micron 18.8, CV 11.1 and CF 99.9. Olympus is a long bodied ram with a good butt and conformation. He has no eye or muzzle pigmentation and carries a well nourished, soft handling, deep crimping medium wool fleece. Olympus has been used extensively at Macquarie with his progeny possessing the same quality attributes, most noticeably the pasterns.