Lamb direct from the farm

LAMB producers should consider unique ways to get their product to market, according to the Prime Dorper Lamb pilot project, which aims to revolutionise the way customers can buy quality, branded Dorper lamb. The project, funded by Dorper Sheep Society of Australia and MLA Donor Company through the Fast-Track program,...

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Big year for Qld studs

THE annual meeting of the Queensland region of the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia was held on 24th March at Toowoomba, with the elections of new office bearers. I, Richard Knights, was elected president, Mary Lynch was elected secretary and an exceutive committee was formed. Peter Lynch and Barry Henry...

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Dorpers the meat sheep breed of choice for Tabbita producer

The high fertility of Dorper sheep is helping Griffith region producer, Sally Jones, achieve her aim of keeping her ewe flock as small as possible while producing large numbers of top-quality lambs. She operates a 4200-hectare irrigation and dryland Dorper enterprise based at “North Corynnia”, near Tabbita, north west of...

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Low-maintenance Dorpers suit country at Augathella

IT WAS the low maintenance and easy-doing nature of the Dorper that attracted John and Karen Elmes to the breed 16 years ago. When we started we could run them with the cattle, run them in the paddock and forget about them,” My Elmes said. “They are such a hardy...

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No benefit to tail docking

IT’S a process that’s illegal in many parts of the world, and now Dorper producers are being encouraged to cease tail docking to improve animal welfare and to limit setbacks in weight gain after lamb marking. While it may take some time for producers to get used to the idea,...

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Station-bred Dorpers meet demand for organic lamb

A SWITCH to White Dorpers has given Colin and Jill Greenfield increased management flexibility and marketing options across their South Australian pastoral properties. Along with their three children, Laura, Anna and Bridie, the pair take care of the 5000 square kilometre Billa Kalina Station, which is north-west of Roxby Downs,...

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Dorpers suited to life at Livingstone

BASED on a floodplain Ormeau in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Livingstone Christian College needed a breed of sheep with the capacity to withstand the wet conditions. “Dorpers were our chosen breed as they are hardy,” said agricultural technologies co-ordinator Troy Reynolds. “They need to be worm resistant and robust without...

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Dorper showdown looms in Dubbo

Stud breeders from five states will converge on Dubbo Showground for the 16th Dorper and White Dorper National Sale. This year’s sale on Tuesday, September 4, and Wednesday, September 5, has attracted 131 lots. Twenty six studs from NSW, Victoria, SA, Queensland and WA will offer 59 Dorper rams, 16...

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Breed gives school ag program a boost

AFTER a strong showing at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, the staff and students of Northholm Grammer School, Arcadia NSW, can be confident their White Dorper program continues to move in the right direction. The school, working in partnership with Allan Waldon of Top Deck Dorpers, Mendooran, entered 15...

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Ekka prime lamb champion named

Andrew and Melinda White, Toongabbie, Moonie, have been crowned grand champion in the Prime Lamb competition for their pen of Dorper-cross lambs. Mr White, who runs 450 Doper ewes on his property, said they were shocked by the win but very excited. “Our agent asked us to enter the lambs, it...

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