BERRY PARTNERS DEEP DENE
What we're about
We commercially run 6800 DSEs of Poll Merinos on a 1200ha property on Kangaroo Island; run by partners Lloyd and Christine Berry and more recently their daughter Caitlin Berry. Our property is a mixed enterprise with 400 hectares of commerically run Merinos, 580 hectares sown annually to crop and the remaining fenced off for native scrubland, watercourses and our million direct seeded trees.
As part of our enterprise we have a self replacing breeding program where we use objective measurements and phenotypic classing methods to select productive low maintenance merinos and have done so since 1967. We call this part of our enterprise Deep Dene Poll Merino Stud. Named by the late Dawn Berry after a loved forest from her forebears in England.
In 2016 we implemented Australia's largest across flock bench-marking system, Sheep Genetics Australia (SGA), into our enterprise. This enables us and our clients to better select rams and ewes that are genetically superior sheep with the use of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBV). SGA compares the genetic difference between merino sires across Australia on their genetic merit by using linked sires. ASBV's now are common place among our other classing methods to continually produce proven, profitable, performers.