Deep Dene commercially runs 6850 DSE or 16.4 DSE/ha with an aim to run 18 DSE/ha. To do this Deep Dene sheep need to have good constitution, be low maintenance and grow wool of high quality and quantity.
Our pastures are fertilised annually to produce around 6000-7000 kg/DM/ha per year. With sheep you're not just feeding the animal your feeding the micro-biota in the rumen. The rumen is the unique anatomical organ which enables ruminants such as sheep to be able to thrive off pastures where we humans would die of starvation.The micro-biota in the rumen break down the cellulose in plants and converts it into a high quality feed for the sheep to break down in their 4th stomach or omasum. The biota in the rumen also benefit the sheep by converting unavailable nutrients into vitamins and minerals critical in sheep metabolic functions.
"Happy rumen, Happy animal"
All these management tools help our sheep excel on our legume and grass based annual pastures. When our pastures aren't fulfilling the nutritional requirement we supplement with hay, wheat or beans depending on if our sheep are requiring roughage, protein or energy.
Deep Dene also has a stringent bio-security program which is improved annually with double boundary fencing, internal raceways and recording of all livestock movements and activities throughout the year.
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Meet The Team
Lloyd's parents settled here in 1955 and Lloyd is the 2nd generation on Deep Dene. He has extensive knowledge in sheep breeding and management, managing a cropping program of canola, wheat & broad beans plus an electrical trade. He has a gift with machinery. His passions are productive healthy crops and highly productive low maintenance merinos.
Christine is a partner in Berry Partners Deep Dene and wife to Lloyd. She has widespread knowledge in finances, management, record keeping, budgets, sheep breeding, and is a first class farm hand. Her passions are healthy merinos grazing good quality pastures. She has always wanted to wear a garment made from wool grown from her sheep and this is the reason she is a director and currently holds Chair of Kangaroo Island Wool.
Caitlin is the 3rd generation farmer and daughter of Lloyd and Christine. Studied a Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) at The University of Adelaide and a Certificate III in Agriculture at TAFE. Her passions are breeding high quality merinos, nutrition, welfare, husbandry and working on a sustainable, productive healthy farm.