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Dorpers flourish in tough climate at Cobar

DORPERS are the perfect fit for rangeland country at Cobar, thanks to the breed’s ability to thrive anywhere.

Robert and Donna Chambers and their daughter Erica, “Osterley Downs”, have been breeding Dorpers for nearly 14 years, starting with White Dorpers.

“When we started the abattoirs and meat buyers didn’t like colour, but we believe the Dorper is a better animal with better muscle,” Mr Chambers said.

Mr Chambers runs about 4500 ewes on the 27,000-hectare property, but hopes to build numbers.

“We’ll come back to 3000 head if things are really tough, but we’d like to be running 5000 to 6000 ewes.”

The production uses genetics from Amarula, Burrawang and Merlin studs, and focuses on muscling, conformation and soundness when selecting rams.

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