BERRY PARTNERS DEEP DENE
What they're about
Berry Partners Deep Dene commercially run 6800 DSEs of Poll Merinos on a property on Kangaroo Island; run by partners Lloyd and Christine Berry and their daughter Caitlin Berry. Their property is a mixed enterprise with 400 hectares of commercially run Merinos, 580 hectares sown annually to crop and the remaining fenced off for native scrubland, watercourses and their million direct seeded trees.
As part of their enterprise they have a self replacing breeding program where they use objective measurements, phenotypic classing methods to select productive low maintenance merinos and have done so since 1967. This part of our enterprise is called Deep Dene Poll Merino Stud. Named by the late Dawn Berry after a loved forest from her forebears in England.
In 2016 Berry Partners Deep Dene implemented Australia's largest across flock bench-marking system, Sheep Genetics Australia (SGA), into their enterprise. This enables them and their 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.