South Burnett family choose a life among the lambs

The Sloan family never imagined they would own sheep, let alone a sheep stud. In fact, owning sheep would never have crossed their minds if not for some overgrown grass that needed controlling. Now, almost a decade on, Michael and Amanda Sloan, along with their daughters Shayli, 6, and Chloe,...

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April export figures highlight demand

APRIL was a busy month for live sheep and cattle exports from Western Australia with 133,828 sheep being exported from Fremantle, as well as 29,503 cattle leaving Fremantle, Broome and Wyndham for various destinations. A further 1423 sheep were exported via air freight from Perth to Malaysia for slaughter. Statistics...

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Lambition awards open for our best sheep and wool producers, leaders and innovators

Entries have opened for the inaugural Lambition Awards which aim to celebrate Australia’s top sheep and wool producers. Hosted by Australian Community Media (publisher of this website), the three awards will honour the Meat & Livestock Australia Sustainable Producer of the Year, the Marcus Oldham Flock Leader and the Farmgate...

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DSSA Photo Competition Now Open!

The DSSA 4th annual photography competition is now open. Please take out your mobile phone, or camera and send in some entries. We often see some great photos on social media, so why not enter them in the competition! Not only do the entries assist with increasing the inventory of...

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Rams sell to $2600 at inaugural Charleville dorper sale

Sale breakdown: 48 dorper rams sold, top price $2600, average price $1633 33 white dorper rams sold, top price $2400, average price $1624 5 ultra white composite rams sold, top price $1400, average price $1320 The sale of all rams offered at the inaugural invitational dorper and white dorper ram...

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DSSA raises money for Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital

The Central Region Expo held on Saturday 14th March 2020 raised $526.00 for Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital, from various fund raising activities, including a charity hay bale auction. 100% of the money raised was donated to Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital, who provides free emergency vet services to injured...

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Restocking your sheep flock? Want to know your carrying capacity?

Restocking with sheep is an attractive option after recent rain across a large percentage of Queensland. High sheep and wool prices and protection from wild-dogs through fencing means sheep are emerging as a compelling option. Restocking decisions to build your flock AND support your soils and pastures can be difficult....

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Nomuula double toppers

FOUR buyers from Queensland and 10 from NSW secured 27 rams at auction during the 2020 Eastern Region Dorper and White Dorper sale at Dubbo on Friday. Eleven of 24 Dorper rams from seven vendors sold to as top of $5000 to average $1273 while 16 or 28 White Dorper...

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Eastern Region Sale Catalogue Out Now

5th Annual DSSA Eastern Region Sale Friday 28th February 2020 Venue – Dubbo Showgrounds, Dubbo NSW Thursday 27th February – All sheep to be unloaded and housed between 8.00am – 12.00pm. Classing begins at 2.00pm. Friday 28th February – 11am Eastern Region Sale begins. Classing of the sale animals will...

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Queensland cattle producer switches to Dorper sheep and wins

INVESTING in quality rather than time was pivotal to Deon Stent-Smith’s successful transition from cattle producer to prime lamb grower. Five years ago Mr Stent-Smith and his wife Lane, Shandonvale, near Barcaldine, were running a line of Simmental and Simbrah cattle on 6000 hectares of tough country where summer rain...

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