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Tri-Kera’s Crettenden family say Dorper sheep reduce workload

Scott and Julie Crettenden and their son Jack, have never looked back since switching to Dorper sheep eight years ago.

The Crettenden family run a 2160-hectare mixed farming enterprise near Karkoo on Lower Eyre Peninsula.

On their property Tri-Kera, they run 2500 White Dorper ewes and 40 rams, and crop about 1200ha of wheat, barley, canola, peas, lupins and oats. The Crettendens previously ran Merinos, Suffolk-crosses and a Poll Hereford cattle stud.

Dorpers appealed to the family as they do not require shearing, crutching or mulesing, and have a quicker growth rate and turnover of lambs for sale compared with Merinos.

At any one time, one-third of the Crettendens’ ewes are lambing, one-third are joined, and one-third are weaned.

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