Training in the attributes of Dorper and white Dorper sheep is considered an important role for the DSSA to ensure the knowledge required to build on the strengths of the breed and ensure that the important attributes that have enabled the breed to build a deserved reputation for high productivity across diverse environments with low maintenance is preserved and enhanced. Breeders are encouraged to utilise objective management to select for performance traits and to be guided by a sound knowledge of the visual traits important for functionality and soundness.
Before being considered by the Board to become an Inspector, the applicant must first satisfactorily complete a Junior Course, 2 Senior Courses and either 2 Judges exams or more recently 1 Judges Exam and a series of inspection with different already qualified and experienced Inspectors. Strict requirements apply with respect to the level of attainment achieved at each of these levels and it is only on achieving the required standard at each step that an individual can progress to the next step.
Each of the Inspectors below have completed this rigorous training and assessment process and are acknowledged by their peers as experts in assessing the merit of Dorper and White Dorper sheep in terms of their physical traits. Inspectors are available to ‘Type’ your full blood sheep and if required provide advice on selection of animals to deliver on your breeding objectives.
You can either contact individual inspectors directly or you may wish to contact the DSSA Office for advice of any inspector who may be carrying out ‘inspections’ in your area.
The following inspectors will be available during travel in Australia:
-Nick and Melissa Pagett will be available to perform on farm inspections in Tasmania during February. The will then be available in Victoria and South Australia in March. Please contact Nick and Melissa direct on their details below for further information.