Congratulations to all exhibitors that represented the Feature Breed, Dorpers and White Dorpers, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2017. Thank you also to the Judge Christo Harmse.
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Grand Champion Dorper Ram - Whynot. Reserve Champion - Whynot
Grand Champion Dorper Ewe - Torchwood. Reserve Champion - Southern Cross
Grand Champion White Dorper Ram - Nomuula. Reserve Champion - Nomuula
Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe - Nomuula. Reserve Champion - Top Deck
Most Successful Dorper Exhibitor - Whynot
Most Successful White Dorper Exhibitor - Nomuula
Cold and rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of this year’s Toowoomba Royal Show in the Meat Sheep section.
50 Dorpers and White Dorpers and 66 other breeds of meat sheep made up the numbers at the Toowoomba Meat Sheep Show, along with strong numbers in the Prime Lambs.
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Champion White Dorper Ram – Basecamp White Dorpers
Reserve Champion White Dorper Ram – Basecamp White Dorpers
Champion White Dorper Ewe – Davemm Hill White Dorpers
Reserve Champion White Dorper Ewe – Basecamp White Dorpers
Champion Dorper Ram – Melete Dorpers
Reserve Dorper Ram – Yumalow Dorpers
Champion Dorper Ewe – Boonoon Stud Southern Brothers
Reserve Dorper Ewe – Boonoon Stud Southern Brothers
Reserve Champion Interbreed Ewe - Davemm Hill White Dorpers
Champion Meat Sheep Breeders Group - Basecamp White Dorpers
Champion Ram of the Show – Basecamp White Dorpers
Supreme Champion Sheep of the Show - Basecamp White Dorpers
AT JUST 12-years-old, Melanie Hurley has a strong future ahead of her as a stud sheep breeder.
The determined youngster took such an interest in her parent's sheep stud, BaseCamp White Dorpers, they helped her start her own stud.
The result was Melete Dorpers, a name fast growing traction in the dorper community after picking up Champion Dorper Ewe last year in her inaugural effort at the Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show and following it up with the Champion Dorper Ram this year.
She said she loved getting out of her mum's shadow and doing things for herself.
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 DSSA Photo Competition and thank you to all the entrants. There was some strong competition and the top 20 photos put onto Facebook for the Public Choice vote reached over 6,500 people providing great exposure for Dorpers and White Dorpers.
* Dorper category - Amy Wallis
* White Dorper category - Penny Heighes
* Dorper and White Dorper category - Andrea van Niekerk
* Public Choice - Laetitia Taber
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Congratulations for the 2017 Wagin Woolorama:
Kaya winning Grand Champion and Champion White Dorper Ram
Lynkm Springs winning Champion White Dorper Ewe and Reserve Champion White Dorper Ram
KD Genetics winning Reserve Champion White Dorper Ewe
WHITE Dorpers were the hard ones to assess for judge Kim Batten, Douwana Dorper stud, Yuna, at the 2017 Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama. Mr Batten said there was plenty of quality in the White Dorper classes and plenty of the sheep exhibited on the day had a lot of presence with meat in the right places.
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Congratulations for the 2017 Wagin Woolorama:
Kaya winning Grand Champion, Champion Dorper Ram and Reserve Champion Dorper Ram
Lynkm Springs winning Champion Dorper Ewe and Reserve Champion Dorper Ewe
Judge Kim Batten, Douwana Dorper stud, came a long way to participate in the day's judging and the entries didn't disappoint.
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Warren and Marina Wiggins from Boorabee Dorper Stud are now supplying their customers with Prime Dorper Lamb.
Five years ago they started breeding Dorpers at Bexhill NSW and six months ago started attending local farmer’s markets, taking orders for half sides and whole lambs. Three months ago they took the plunge to take their product to the markets in the form of different cuts presented in a tray and plastic wrap. Their lamb supply has more than tripled over the past couple of months due to the incredibly positive feedback and demand for their product which has resulted in new and repeat customers. They are also hoping to pick up a new market shortly.
They try to utilise as much of the lamb as possible including a pet mince using trims and offal and even a broth made from the bones which apparently has healing powers!
The majority of their shoulders are pre-ordered by renowned restaurant Harvest at Newrybar, near Byron Bay NSW. Harvest showcases the local regional produce and their chefs work closely with local growers and design menus that allow the produce to shine. Drop in to try “lamb shoulder / syrian nut rice / baby carrots / yoghurt / native dukkah (for 2)”!
Customers can contact Warren and Marina directly on P: 0457 444 718 to place orders or visit them at any of the following markets to pick up fresh produce:
Wednesday – Yamba – 7-11am
Thursday – Byron – 7-11am
Thursday – Lismore - 2.30 – 6.30pm
Saturday – Lismore and Bangalow - 7-11am
Sunday – Ballina - 7-11am
See more photos on the Prime Dorper Lamb facebook page here
FOR lawyer-turned-livestock producer Anthea Brown, changing careers was a way to make a difference. Today Anthea runs a livestock farm with her parents, Liz and Neil, in the rolling hills of Toodyay about 90km east of Perth. But 20 years ago Anthea was far from her West Australian wheatbelt home practising law in some of the world’s biggest cities.
In 2004 Anthea and her parents bought the 880-hectare Toodyay property with a view to focus on a livestock operation. The family originally ran the farm on a “traditional basis” with about 2500 ewes, a mix of Merinos and SAMMs — South African Meat Merinos — mated with rams. They turned off lambs in summer, selling them at local saleyards. “When you take into consideration the topography of the farm,” Anthea says, “the way it had been farmed historically, there had to be a better way to farm. “We struggled to get lambs up to weight, we had to carry them through summer and crop every piece of land for livestock feed. “We were pushing the land beyond its limits … and it was pushing us in dry summers, the daily feeding regime was hard work.”
The family decided to implement changes. After much research Anthea converted the entire flock to Dorpers over two years. “I chose the Dorper breed for its high fertility, strong maternal instincts, shedding, non-selective grazing habits and high meat yield,” she says. “The low maintenance was very attractive — no mulesing or tail docking, reduced flystrike and no shearing.”
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Congratulations to exhibitors at the 2017 Canberra Royal Show - Please click here for photos
Champion Dorper Ram - Clover Downs
Champion Dorper Ewe - Torchwood
Champion White Dorper Ram - Belowrie (paraded by Dubbo College)
Champion White Dorper Ewe - Belowrie (paraded by Dubbo College)
Make sure to get your entries in for the 2017 Photo Competition - entries close 9.00am 27th Feb 2017.
$100 prize money to the winner of each catergory - (i) Dorper Photos, (ii) White Dorper Photos and (iii) Both Dorpers and White Dorpers in same photo. The top 20 photos will be put onto the DSSA Facebook page and the photo with the most 'likes' will also win $150.
The competition is open to everyone and you are welcome to enter as many photos as you would like.
In a region where his extended family once ran hundreds of thousands of merino sheep in the South Australian outback, Mr Jamie McTaggart is running 40,000 dorper sheep and buying further dorper lambs from other northern pastoral stations.
Through the steadily growing Bultarra Australian Saltbush Lamb brand, he has also succeeded in building a thriving paddock to plate operation.
Bultarra cemented its reputation as a top notch food producer at the South Australian Food Industry Awards last weekend when it won the Primary Industries and Regions South Australia regional award.
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After a challenging year due to drought Glengarry dorper stud Brocburn has fought its way back to the top with several ribbons at the Royal Launceston Show.
One of the stud’s rams took out a grand champion ram ribbon and several of the other sheep also won a variety of first, second and third place ribbons for their sections.
Brocburn stud owner Jim Lyall said he and his wife Jo were the first sheep breeders to introduce the dorper breed of sheep to Tasmania in 1999.
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The supreme Dorper exhibit was awarded to the champion ram from the Ida Vale stud, Kojonup at this year's IGA Perth Royal Show.
Denam Carter, Ridgetop stud, Mt Barker, said the ram awarded supreme exhibit had tremendous scale. "He's a powerful sire and has a good, long deep body with a heap of meat," Mr Carter said."He's got plenty of breeding potential and is a credit to the exhibitor."
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Sunnyside Dorpers, Warwick, Queensland, paid $25,000 for another Kaya sire, this year the 108 kilogram 15 month-old full Kaya blood ram bred and offered by Adrian Veitch, Kaya stud, Narrogin, Western Australia, at the 14th annual Dorper and White Dorper National sale at Dubbo showground last week. The sale cleared 70 of the 76 rams offered by studs from four states to average $3499 while 28 from 35 Dorper ewes topped at $3600 and averaged $1311.
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Jamie McTaggart has had enough of consumers thinking all lamb is the same. The specialist sheep meat producer — who has turned his back on his family’s long Merino wool heritage in
favour of breeding 50,000 South African Dorper meat lambs a year — knows it is just not true.
He also thinks it is time Australians who love throwing a lamb chop on the barbecue — or a marinated slow-cooked lamb shoulder in the oven — were given a greater right to choose the
quality of lamb meat they want to buy.
“Think about when you walk into a butcher’s shop or supermarket — there is all this high-priced beef branded as top-quality Angus or wagyu, distinguishing it from the rest, yet all we sell is
lamb like a bulk commodity,” Mr McTaggart said yesterday from his outback property near Quorn, 39km northeast of Port Augusta.
“Consumers now, especially the Chinese, are so brand-conscious and want to know that if they pay a higher price for a particular brand or breed of beef, it will always be top quality; we should
be doing the same for Dorper lamb.”
The hope of the Australian Dorper Sheep Society backed by Meat and Livestock Australia is that the Dorper breed can become the “Angus” of the sheep world.
The Dorper society, of which Mr McTaggart is national president, has seized the initiative to become the first lamb “brand” for consumers.
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For more information or to get involved with the Prime Dorper Lamb brand please contact Donna Emmerton 0419 787 114
A DELL Dorper ewe has backed up its supreme exhibit title at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.
The two-year-old Dell 140076 was scanned in lamb to triplets, and was senior and grand champion Dorper ewe before being sashed equal supreme exhibit with the grand champion ram from Kaya stud.
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Dorper sheep breeders and processors gearing up for the launch of the Prime Dorper Lamb brand in the next few months are hoping to replicate the success of breed-based beef brands.
Underpinned by Meat Standards Australia (MSA), the Prime Dorper Lamb brand is seen as the next step for producers to increase awareness of the quality of their sheep meat and ensure a consistent supply to local processors.
Donna Emmerton, a board member of the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia (DSSA), says with the South African meat breed finding a foothold not only in the rangelands but across much of Australia, it was important to find a way to supply a consistent branded product to build a reputation similar to leading beef breeds.
“Our producers are keen and motivated but it’s difficult because they are Australia-wide, so by using MSA as a ‘backbone’ it means all producers are on the same page, producing the same product consistently,” Ms Emmerton said.
“There’s also been such rapid growth in Dorpers in the past 20 years that we feel that consumers don’t always distinguish between our lamb and other breeds, and we think it’s important to make that distinction to create more demand and make Dorper the ‘lamb of choice’.
“The Dorper Sheep Society of Australia has visions of Dorper being the Angus of the sheep world.”
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The Southern Region Supreme Sale in Bendigo on Sunday cleared 111 of the 135 Dorper and White Dorper rams and ewes offered, averaging $1484 across the lots.
White Dorper rams sold to $4000, averaged $1713, and the ewes topped at $2000 and average $1272.
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Dorpers make history at the 2016 Australian Sheep and Wool Show with Dell Dorpers taking out Supreme Champion Cleanskin Interbreed Group.
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Western Australian Dorper stud Kaya has again tasted success at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show (ASWS), winning all the major categories in the White Dorper ram section.
The Narrogin stud won Junior, Senior and Grand Champion, at the National Dorper and White Dorper Show, which is part of the ASWS, with its rams.
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The international judge, at this year’s National Dorper Show, has awarded the top ribbon to two studs, after declaring it was impossible to separate the sheep on display.
Kaya, Narrogin, Western Australia and Dell Dorpers, Moama, were awarded the Supreme Ribbon, for their respective Dorper ram and ewe.
South African judge Rikus van der Merwe said both were “exceptional” animals.
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A background in ballet teaching has given a winning edge to an Albury White Dorper stud, which has again taken top honors at the Bendigo Australian Sheep and Wool Show.
Wirlinga Park Dorpers took out the Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe ribbon, along with the junior and senior prizes as well.
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SUNRAYSIA sheep producer Steven Freckleton says the popularity of dorpers has significantly increased since his family began breeding them at their property at Karadoc, near Red Cliffs, in 2009.
The Australian meat and livestock industry is hoping to make the breed’s meat as popular as the angus breed has become for the beef industry.
Mr Freckleton said dorper meat had a better flavour than other types of lamb and the breed also produced a larger yield.
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If you can't get to the National Show, to be held 15-16 July 2016 in conjunction with the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, make sure to keep an eye on our facebook page for photos and results https://www.facebook.com/DorperSheepSocietyOfAustraliaInc/
It was a flourishing organic Dorper lamb grazing operation, combined with an online paddock to plate business that led Andrew and Maree King to a new lamb food marketing venture that is turning heads around Australia.
The couple were in Dubai in 2014, at the world’s largest food trade show, one of the prizes offered as MLA’s 2013 Queensland Sheepmeat Producer of the Year, when Maree had a “lightbulb” moment.
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Dont forget to get your copy of the 2016 Dorper Liftout - distributed in Fairfax Media rural publications (including Farm Weekly, Stock Journal, Stock & Land, Queensland Country Life and The Land) on 7 July 2016. Copies will also be available at the National Show in Bendigo next week - 15th to 16th July 2016.
There are 530 Dorper and White Dorper sheep entered into the National Show - one of the largest, if not THE largest, display of Dorpers and White Dorpers ever in Australia.
So if you want to see some of the best sheep in the country come along and have a look.
A big thank you to all our sponsors and especially Major Sponsor Arrow Farmquip.
MEATY Dorper sheep are the attraction at Highfield Farm, Adelong, in southern NSW.
“I love their big fat bodies,” Louise Freckelton said when asked why she was grazing Dorper sheep on her property.
It is easy to appreciate her enthusiasm for the shedding breed when she walks around her contented flock.
“They are tough animals, they do very well on our native pasture... and they eat well,” she said.
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When Dorper producers Justin and Lorroi Kirkby, who run Amarula Dorpers near Moree, NSW, first started out, a friend gave them a piece of advice that has stuck with them.
“One of the key things that we took to become successful in farming when we first started was a friend of mine said ‘you don’t want to die wondering’. So we took the analogy of we might as well have a go,” Justin said.
Justin, an embryologist, and Lorroi, a veterinarian, decided to invest in the Dorper sheep breed in 2000 after a visit to a Dorper farm in South Africa, where the breed was first developed in the 1930s.
Although the breed was relatively new to Australia having been introduced just a few years earlier, with Australia’s climate similar to South Africa, Lorroi said the couple decided “to give it a go”.
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The owner of one of only two sheep-genetic export businesses in Australia to export to Europe says in just 18 months, it has become one of his biggest markets.
Owner of Narrogin-based Kaya Dorper and All Stock Veterinary service, Adrian Veitch registered to export sheep embryos to Europe about 18 months ago.
He said it had already become one of his biggest markets and thinks it will continue to grow.
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There was strong and friendly competition among the stud meat sheep breeders when 135 exhibits representing eight breeds paraded before judges Lachie Mainsbridge, Glen Innes, NSW and Gavin Wall, Victoria, at this year's Toowoomba Royal Show.
The champion Dorper ewe was won by Melanie Hurley, Melete Dorpers, Kogan.
First time exhibitors Janylle and Barry Henry, Allora claimed the champion Dorper ram.
Stephen and Donna Emmerton, Davemm Hill White Dorpers, Haden, also enjoyed a successful show claiming the champion White Dorper ram and ewe pen consisting of a ram and ewe, and the breeders group.
Dorper Sheep Society of Australia Inc. Photo Competition.
Total prize pool of $500. Entries close 31st May 2016.
Narrabri-based Southern Cross Dorpers took five sheep to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, and would have to be pleased with its results.
Southern Cross, run by Martin and Fiona Mead, was the smallest exhibitor in the Dorper sheep section with three rams and two ewes, but won Grand Champion in both Ram and Ewe categories as well as Most Successful Dorper exhibitor.
WHITE dorper ram Gippsland Boy has made his mark on the agricultural show circuit taking out the top prize in his section at the Wynyard Show.
It was the first time Gippsland Boy had been shown in Tasmania and the first time the ram’s new owner Paul Smith from Deep Creek White Dorpers had shown any animal.
Mr Smith said he was happy with the judge’s comments on the day and said he provided great feedback, both positive and negative.
“He [the judge] was very honest, he was telling everybody what the faults were with the animals and that’s the things you need to know, because then you can see how you’re going breeding-wise,” Mr Smith said.
Gippsland Boy was described as a “well put together ram” by the judge and Mr Smith said he believed he deserved the comments because of his characteristics.
The 2016 Inaugural Eastern Region Dorper and White Dorper Sale was held in Dubbo today at the Showground with vendors travelling far and wide to attend.
Brendon Duncan, Glen Park Stud, Wentworth purchased Whynot 140231 from vendor Mark Gett from Whynot Stud, Narrabri, NSW for $5400.
Mr Gett said he was 'happy with the results.'
"I brought two rams over and the other one sold for $1800," he said.
Mr Gett said the demand for dorpers was increasing.
"I'm already getting orders for 2017," he said.
"It's definitely a growing industry.
"I think people are now realising the potential of this sheep and how well they can survive on very little."
Hilton Noon Head Sheep Steward of the 2016 Guyra Show of Hillsborough Pastoral Guya was very pleased with the quality and numbers of Dorper and White Dorper Sheep entered in the 2016 Guyra Dorper and White Dorper Stud Sheep Show held on the 20th February 2016.
Seven Dorper and White Dorper Sheep Studs presented 50 quality Dorper and White Dorper sheep for judging by Dorper Sheep Society of Australia Inc. Judge Philip van Schalkwyk.
Most Successful Dorper Exhibitor went to Tuckeroo Stud from Limpinwood NSW taking out Supreme Dorper Exhibit with their 2014 Dorper Ewe Tuckeroo 120208 and Grand Champion Dorper Ram Tuckeroo 140103. They were also successful in the junior classes receiving Reserve Junior Champion Dorper Ewe for Tuckeroo 151249 and Reserve Junior Champion Dorper Ram for Tuckeroo 150154.
Old Munbilla Dorpers of Coutts Crossing NSW took out Junior Champion Doper Ewe with Munbilla 151249 and Junior Champion Dorper Ram with Munbilla 151217.
The Most Successful White Dorper Exhibitor went to Nomuula White Dorpers Moonbi NSW taking out Supreme White Dorper Exhibit with White Dorper Ewe Nomuula 140021, Reserve Junior Champion White Dorper Ewe 150051 and Reserve Senior Champion White Dorper Ram 140057. Nomuula Dorpers were also successful in the Senior Champion Dorper Ewe Class being awarded Reserve Senior Champion Dorper Ewe for Nomuula 140077.
Galaxy White Dorpers of Inverell NSW had a successful day with the rams they presented taking out Grand Champion White Dorper Ram Galaxy 4084 and Junior Champion White Doper Ram Galaxy 4090.
A 7 month old ewe lamb Hillsborough 150012 presented by Hillsborough Pastoral was awarded Junior Champion White Dorper Ewe and Hillsborough 140014 a 4 tooth Dorper Ram was awarded Reserve Senior Champion Dorper Ram.
Many thanks to Judge Philip van Schalkwyk and assistant Mark Gett of WhyNot Dopers Narrabri for travelling to Guyra to judge our show, to our sponsors Landmark Guyra, Dasha’s Hardware Guyra, Kirks IGA Guyra and the Costa Group and all participating studs including TopChop Uralla and Millblair Barraba.
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THE Peak Hill Dorper and White Dorper ram and ewe sale reached a top of $6000 yesterday.
The combined sale included sheep from the Kaya, Prieska and Bulmar studs, held at Peak Hill for the first time.
Of the 219 sheep catalogued, 173 sold for an average of $1105.
In the breakdown, 60 Dorper rams sold from 86 offered for an average of $1968 and sold to a top of $6000.
Twenty-four White Dorper rams sold, from 33 offered, to average $1342 and top at $2800.
STRONG demand for White Dorper and Dorper rams ensured the 10th annual Red Rock and Edson Livestock on-property sale at Keith was one of their best.
Animated bidding from three states produced a huge leap in the average, and a near-total clearance at the sale on Thursday.
White Dorpers sold particularly well with Brad and Tanya Edson's Red Rock stud enjoying a total clearance of their 81 rams for a $1428 average.
Co-vendor Pat Edson sold two White Dorpers at $1100 and $1300 for her Edson stud, and 21 of 25 Dorpers for a $986 average.
Overall 104 of 108 rams averaged $1334.
The sale kicked off well with the first 11 Type 4 stud rams from Red Rock averaging $1991.
A ram bred locally has achieved a high price at the National Dorper and White Dorper Sale held in Dubbo recently.
The ram was bred by the Gett family and fetched $12,000, almost tripling their previous best price of $3750.
Co-owner Mark Gett said he knew the ram would attract strong interest.
“We always thought he would make good money but $12,000 was unexpected,” he said.
“There was a lot of interest in this particular ram because he is big, 130 kilograms, but still has great conformation.
A FIRST-TIME exhibitor to the Royal Melbourne Show returned home with the supreme champion Dorper title this afternoon.
Carolyn Thorburn's four-year-old ewe entry from her Oakview Stud at Toolamba was awarded the top gong by judge Dianne Huett.
The 87 kilogram animal was exhibited with a six-week-old ewe lamb at-foot, while her figures displayed 8mm fat, 38mm eye muscle depth and 81mm width.
"She is a beautiful feminine ewe, with plenty of muscle in all the right places," Ms Huett said.
"She will go a long way."
Stud principal Ms Thorburn admitted she was overwhelmed with the win.
"She is four, so it is wonderful that a 4yo can achieve this," she said.
THE Merribrook Stud cleaned up in the White Dorper ring at the Royal Melbourne Show this afternoon.
The Collins family - who run the stud at Milloo, north of Bendigo - were awarded the champion ram and ewe broad ribbons.
However it was their ewe entry that finished the competition with the sought-after supreme champion title.
The 75 kilogram animal had a healthy five-month-old ram lamb at-foot.
She displayed measurements that included eight millimetres of fat, 47mm eye muscle depth and 95mm width.
CLEARING an extra 20 rams and achieving an increase of more than $100 on last year’s average, it was a good day at the office for the Cresswell family’s Annalara White Dorpers.
Their 10th annual on-property sale reached a high of $3200, with 80 of 82 rams sold to average $1379.
Regular volume clients loaded most of the lineup, and it was the 2014 top-price buyer who again paid the highest price.
J.J. McClure, Kallara Station, Tilpa, buying through Landmark Russell Cobar, average $2375 for his four purchases, including the $3200 lot 12.
A 77.5 kilogram April 2014-drop sire, the ram had what both the buyer and vendor regarded as the best Australian sheep breeding values (ASBVs) in the catalogue.
These figures included a weaning weight (WWT) of +8, post weaning weight (PWWT) if +12.9 Carcase+ of 178.7, and Lamb 2020 of +110.1.
Ben Lard, “Mount View”, added 26 rams to the 24 he purchased in 2014, and this time around averaged $1284 for his selections.
They will join his 8300 head White Dorper flock, to produce heavy trade or light weight export lambs.
IN THE quest to serve the tastiest lamb chops and roasts, a meat quality trial run by the Graham Centre, a partnership between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Charles Sturt University (CSU) has taken lamb to the ultimate test - on the plate.
DPI researcher from the Cowra Agricultural Research and Advisory Station, Stephanie Fowler, said 64 volunteers were enlisted to taste test white dorper lamb loin cuts at the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute.
"Tasters tried nine random samples of lamb, which had been grown on five different fresh pastures, as we explore how diet affects dorper lamb meat quality," Ms Fowler said.
"Our untrained panellists ranked each piece of lamb on a scale which rated tenderness, juiciness, flavour and how much they liked it overall.
"The trial is investigating how sheep producers may be able to improve eating quality for consumers and production values by fine-tuning lamb diets.
EDSON Livestock backed up last year's success at Adelaide by again claiming the champion ram title.
Their 17-month-old champion ram weighed 98 kilograms with a fat score of 7 millimetres and an eye muscle depth of 51mm.
Principal Pat Edson, Keith, said the ram had been bought from Adelaide Hills stud Spring Farm.
He has been used in the stud, with his first drop of lambs already on the ground.
Judge Geoff Gale commended the ram on his muscling and size, which he said put him in front of the reserve champion.
"He is a very smooth sheep and a good shedder," he said.
A WHITE Dorper ram with "huge muscling" earned high praise from judge Geoff Gale, Galaxy Park, Monarto South, on its way to being crowned grand champion ram.
The champion ram, from Brad and Tanya Edson, Red Rock, Keith, had previously won junior champion at this year's Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Vic.
The ram - which still has its lamb's teeth - weighed 89 kilograms with an 8 millimetre fat score and 45mm eye muscle depth.
Mr Gale praised the ram for his "huge muscling".
"If you talk to Coles, I'd say this would be their ideal lamb," he said.
A TOP of $20,000 was achieved at Wednesday’s National Dorper and White Dorper Sale at Dubbo.
The $20,000 Dorper ram was sold by Adrian Veitch, Kaya stud, Narrogin, WA.
It was purchased by Dean and Heather Powrie, Sunnyside Dorpers, Warwick, Qld.
Kaya stud also sold the second highest Dorper ram for $18,000.
That ram was purchased by the Cullinan family, Dust 'n Rain Dorpers, Pooncarie.
The top White Dorper ram was sold by Amarula White Dorper stud, Gravesend, for $13,000.
DORPER lamb is set to become a luxury brand.
That's the opinion of Dorper Lamb director Graeme Howie, who this week told Farm Weekly South East Asian markets were developing a taste for WA's Dorper lamb.
"As the world's tastes change and a food obsession trend emerges, a growing indulgence in luxurious wines and food products such as the Wagyu beef brand have paved the way for other red meat markets," he said. "The Dorper Lamb brand is considered a luxury food brand in Singapore, more than just another food product.
"The demand has become so strong, we can't supply the whole market," he said.
"It is set to become a high demand product that will be a luxury top end food brand.
"A lot of people in these markets previously didn't eat lamb at all, because they didn't like the smell of Australian lamb.
"But they have moved to eating Dorper lamb.
"The Malaysian market has increased its volume to about 500 to 800 lambs a month."
The Dorper lamb brand has been established in Malaysia and Singapore for more than six years and supplies top end hotels and restaurants, but the WA company is planning to take its product across South East Asia.
PITTSWORTH producers John and Anne Waters were delighted to see their RNA prize-winning lambs sell for a whopping $294 a head to a Brisbane butcher - more than double their normal price.
Their Killara White Dorpers clinched the champion pen of three in the RNA prime lamb carcase award in just their second year entering the competition.
Their pen consisted of two milk tooth White Dorper-Suffolk cross lambs and one milk tooth White Dorper-Merino cross.
The lambs, with a liveweight between 46 and 49 kilograms, boned out to average 23.8kg carcase weight and sold for a massive 1240c/kg to Pattamore's Meats, Alexander Hills, to return $294 ahead.
"It really was a massive thrill and a great price," Mrs Waters said.
"Our lambs normally make about 500c/kg."
She said the "secret formula" was producing an even line of carcases.
"We really couldn't believe we had won until we saw them hanging up, and we are very proud," she said.
The National Dorper and White Dorper Show was held on 17th and 18th July 2015 at Bendigo at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show (ASWS).
The show has been recorded as being the largest show on record in our industry and was a great success with 470 Dorpers and White Dorpers being entered. 28 breeds were represented at the ASWS and the Dorpers and White Dorpers were the second largest breed for the 4th year running.
Over 30,000 people attended the ASWS so it was a great promotional advantage for the breed.
The Judge for this event was Freddie Dreyer from South Africa.
The Committee would like to thank the major sponsors for this event which were:-
NEW SOUTH WALES studs, at either end of the state, took the main prizes for the top Dorper ewes at Bendigo’s annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show.
Nomuula, at Moonbi, in northern NSW won the Grand Champion white dorper ewe, while Dell, at Moama, took out the Grand Champion Dorper.
Nomuula’s Cherilyn Lowe said she only took up breeding Dorpers three years ago, after seeing the animals at Amarula.
“It was just a hobby to see what I could breed – I wanted to breed a beautiful animal and I fell in love with them,” she said.
The winning ewe, Tilly, was by Nuumala Gere, out of Nuumala Sammi, and was born on January 17, last year.
Originally from Glen Innes, on the New England Tablelands, Ms Lowe said she moved to the Gold Coast when she married.
She had a property at Moonbi, just north of Tamworth, where she set up the stud, and has since bought another two parcels of land.
“My family have always been on the land and I now have three properties.
“I have just over 200 animals, that’s ewes and lambs, but I have stud and commercial rams for sale.Read full story
Judge: Freddie Dreyer, Namibia
Supreme Champion White Dorper: Kaya (ram).
White Dorper rams
Grand Champion: Kaya.
Senior Champion: Kaya.
Reserve Senior Champion: Roslynmead West.
Junior Champion: Red Rock.
Reserve Junior Champion: Roslynmead West.
A WEST Australian white Dorper stud owner, who first started breeding the sheep when the first came to the country in 1996, has maintained his strong showroom run.
Kaya stud, at Narrogin, run by Adrian Veitch, took out the Supreme Champion white Dorper, with a ram at this year’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.
Kaya just pipped Nomuula, Moonbi, (NSW) which took out the prize for the winning ewe.
PRODUCING versatile, well structured rams that can thrive in a commercial environment has been the main goal for Amarula Dorper and White Dorper stud, Gravesend.
The stud's brand and good reputation has gone from strength to strength in the past 15 years for principals Justin and Lorroi Kirkby.
Back in 1998, the Kirkbys went on a two year backpacking adventure and were eager to have a look at farming overseas.
While in South Africa - an area in drought at the time - they visited a Dorper farming enterprise and could see the sheep were in good condition.
They believed the Dorper breed had huge potential in Australia.
"We came home in February 2000 and started to work on the plan," Mr Kirkby said.
This meant buying six Dorper ewes for $3000 each and leasing 324 hectares in Dubbo.
"We started with tag number one in 2000 and this year we started with tag number 5000," Mr Kirkby said.
In 2004, they sold some of their Dorper ewes for a deposit on their Gravesend property, which had good summer rainfall and was close to Mr Kirkby's family.
A few years later the property next door came up for sale and the rest, Mr Kirkby said, was history.
Amarula's main aim now is to improve in quality every year.
A NEW elastrator device which injects a pain-relieving local anaesthetic into lambs while applying rubber rings for castration and tail docking is ready for commercialisation.
The development of the elastrator – dubbed “Numnuts” – has been headed by Scotland’s Moredun Research Institute with funding from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation.
Matthew McDonagh, MLA’s general manager of on farm innovation and adoption, said he expected the device would generate significant animal welfare and production benefits.
He said interest had been high among potential commercial partners who were being sought to take the device to market in Australia and overseas.
Research had shown treated animals suffered significantly less pain which he expected would also produce economic benefits such as increased weight gain up until weaning and less mismothering at lamb marking time.
The availability of a single pain-relief tool for tail docking and castration would also help livestock producers get on the front foot in defending both practices from increasing scrutiny among animal rights activists, Mr McDonagh said.
The anaesthetic acted about 30 to 60 seconds after injection and didn’t wear off until the tissue around the testes and tail were dead, eliminating residual pain.
Wheatbelt farmer Anthea Brown left a lucrative career in corporate law to pursue a passion for farming. Her paddock to plate philosophy means that she oversees each step of the production process until her dorper lambs reach the customer.
Baillee Farm sits amongst the rolling hills of Northam and Toodyay. Established in 2004, the 880 hectare property is home of Macabee Dorper Lambs - a commercial meat operation inspired by the paddock to plate movement.
"We're in charge of basically all the process right through to the marketing," said Macabee Estate founder, Anthea Brown.
"For us it's about how the animals are raised, that includes the environment that they live in, the feed that they're eating, the way they live, how they've been treated."
Anthea spends her weekends speaking to customers at Subiaco Farmers Market and provides whole body animals to a local butcher or restaurants willing to take the full cut. But life looked very different for the third generation farmer just over a decade ago.
Congratulations to Justin and Lorroi Kirkby for their excellent results at the Dubbo Hoof and Hook competition last weekend. They won champion overall breeds on the hoof and reserve champion overall breeds hoof & hook. Justin told us "1st was Suffolk, they were 60 kg and 10 months ours were 46kg, dressed 24.2kg a yield of 52% and were 5 months old.We had a pen of 48.5kg that ended up in the export class by .5kg and they got 4th." They also picked up champion and reserve champion pen of Dorpers and the buyers choice for best pen on the hook. There were 520 lambs in the competition.
IT might not quite be the heady highs of a few years ago when scanned-in-lamb Dorper ewes were making over $200/head, but Blackall's Ranald and Rachel Nobel were still delighted to see their Dorper-cross ewes make $153/head on AuctionsPlus last week.
The line of 908 one to two-year-old ewes scanned in lamb were snapped up by an Augathella breeder with wild dog exclusion fencing in place.
The sale follows that of the mob's three to four-year-old sisters for $102/head a month earlier in what is a forced destocking brought on by ongoing drought for the Nobles, who have been concentrating on a meat sheep operation at Tarbarah, south west of Blackall, since 2006.
Rachel Noble said this week that while it had been a difficult decision to sell their young breeding stock, they were very proud of what they had presented for sale.
"They are incredibly suited to this environment and we've put a lot into their breeding," she said.
A live export order and a welcome meal of chops at a WA farmhouse was the genesis of the multi-million dollar business Dorper Lamb, as Ross Ainsworth explains (exerpt from 'Sheep Central' dated 14 April 2015).
A Dorper ram owned by Mark and Angela Gett of Narrabri has been named Grand Champion Ram of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Dorper sheep and Angus cattle will feature on the first Border Tour for young Victorian and NSW livestock farmers later this week.
The bus tour over April 11 and 12 has been organised by the Victorian Farmers Federation's Young Farmers and the NFF Furure Farmers Network to showcase excellence in livestock production across southern NSW and northern Victoria.
IN AN impressive Sydney Royal debut, Nomuula Dorper stud, Moonbi via Tamworth, claimed two of the four broad ribbons ups for grabs in this year's showring with a show team of just three sheep.
Stud principal, Cherilyn Lowe, exhibited just three sheep at Sydney - an April-May 2014-drop ewe which was grand champion; a June-July 2014-drop ram which was the reserve grand champion ram, and a second ewe, June-July 2014-drop which placed second in her class.
All three sheep were sired by Dell Jumbo, an $11,000 ram Ms Lowe bought from Dell Dorpers in September 2013 but unfortunately the ram died from pneumonia about six months after the purchase.
Jumbo's genetic legacy was also recognised in the three sheep combining to win the sire's progeny class for Nomuula.
Judge, Andrea van Neikerk, Dell Dorpers, Moama, described Nomuula's top ewe as stunning - "very good on her legs and feet, very long and very feminine".
IN A small showing of White Dorper sheep, Tamworth district stud, Nomuula cleaned up the broad ribbons on offer.
The grand ram was drawn from the April-May 2014-drop class; the reserve from the June-July 2014-drop class; the grand ewe from the April-May 2014-drop class, and the reserve from two-four-tooth class.
Judge, Andrea van Neikerk, Dell Dorpers, Moama, described the sheep paraded before her as "magnificent" examples of the breed, in particular the ewes.
"They are well balanced, feminine and just perfect," she said.
"The grand ram was outstanding with great meat through the hindquarter, excellent on his legs - a great sire for the future."
The 151st Toowoomba Royal Show was held on Thursday and Friday the 19th & 20th March 2015 with some exciting results for the White Dorpers. Basecamp White Dorpers won the Interbreed Pen, Ram & Ewe and Davemm Hill White Dorpers won the Interbreed Pair Rams. Entries on all breeds were down on last year’s numbers most likely due to the trying seasons endured. Floods last year, heat wave of 39 degrees this year, looking forward to next year already! Results were:
Interbreed Pen, Ram & Ewe – Basecamp White Dorpers
Interbreed Pair Rams – Davemm Hill White Dorpers
Champion Dorper Ram – Davemm Hill Dorpers
Champion Dorper Ewe – Bottle Tree Dorpers
Champion White Dorper Ram – Basecamp White Dorpers
Reserve Champion White Dorper Ram – Davemm Hill White Dorpers
Champion White Dorper Ewe – Basecamp White Dorpers
Reserve Champion White Dorper Ewe – Davemm Hill White Dorpers
Interbreed Pair of Rams - Steve and Donna Emmerton of Davemm Hill White Dorpers
Photo courtesy of Queensland Country Life
WHEN speaking of avid sheep-lover Samantha McConnell-Green, three things are commonly mentioned.
The first two are her nurturing nature and her passion for educating students about meat sheep.
The third, since losing her battle with a brain tumour in June last year, is the significant hole she has left in the industry and for all who were blessed with her presence.
It is because of Samantha's enthusiasm through life that her memory will live on.
As the Toowoomba Showgrounds become a hive of activity for the annual Royal Show next week, a tribute to Samantha will be unveiled with the introduction of the annual Perpetual Memorial Shield.
"This is an appreciation of her efforts and we have put this as part of the Toowoomba Show, as it reintroduced the state sheep show for meat sheep," said Chris Rubie, who sits on the sub-committee of the Australia Stud Sheep Breeders' Association (ASSBA) Queensland branch.
WA's largest regional agricultural show was held in perfect autumn weather on the 6th and 7th March and attracted 20,000 visitors. Several Dorper and White Dorper studs attended and Graeme Collins from Merribrook stud in Victoria was there to judge them. See articles and photos below.
Champion ewe Dorper Stud Park Ming Ling
Rams over 1yr line up
AMARULA Dorpers, Gravesend, annual sale achieved a strong clearance and high average at the beginning of a promising season.
All 106 rams offered at the sale sold to a top of $5600 and averaged $1922.
There was also 21 ewes offered which were all sold for an average of $1800 and a top of $4000.
Phillip and Trish Palmer, "Overnewton Station", Ivanhoe, purchased both of the top priced rams at the sale for $5600.
Amurula 134075 was a 20 month old ram with Australian sheep breeding values (ASBVs) of 1.7 millimetres for eye muscle depth (EDP), 121.4 for self replacing index (SRC) and 0.3mm for post weaning fat (PFAT).
The 10 month old Amurula 144438 also made $5600 and had ASBVs of 2.9mm for EDP, 0.9mm for PFAT and 4.4 kilograms for weaning weight (WWT).
Mr Palmer said both of the rams were well put together and good, safe sheep.
The Palmers, purchased a total of 22 rams at the sale to a top of $5600 and averaging $1686 to use on their commercial lamb operation.
The Palmers produce lambs that are sent directly to the Junee abattoirs, usually at about 10 months when they reach between 20 to 22kg. Mr Palmer said all of the rams would be used over their ewes commercialy and the two top rams in particular would help produce heavy lambs.
"They're good, heavy, well dressed rams," he said.Read full story
PRODUCTIVITY is the one word Ben Kerin uses to describe the benefits of his Dorper flock.
"Dorpers convert herbage to meat efficiently and you can set your watch on their productive capabilities," he said.
"Seasons have no influence on their reproductive cycles.
"They readily rejoin with a lamb at foot at any time of the year and scanning percentages are always within a per cent or two of each other."
Mr Kerin and partner Katie Morrison run 1500 Dorper ewes and 80 Angus females on the 2000-hectare aggregation based on "Eden Valley", just west of Trundle with Mr Kerin's father, Barrie.
The Kerin family has been mixed-farmers in the district for more than a century and Barrie Kerin was one of the first in the district to become a dedicated meat sheep producer when he brought the first Poll Dorsets to Trundle in the 1970s.
The change from second-cross prime lamb production to straight Dorper began four to five years ago after Ben Kerin completed a holistic management course.
He had also noticed lamb buyers competing for Dorpers at Forbes saleyards where the British and Australian crossbred lamb pens were fetching just one bid.
"The course certainly changed my direction a little and dad has always had a willingness for change and supported me in the move," he said.
They gradually scaled back cropping, stopping two years ago, and have left paddocks to re-establish to natural pastures while moving into plan grazing with established water points and fencing.
"The beauty of Dorpers is they will convert to meat anything that grows," Mr Kerin said.
TRUNDLE's red soil country and 450 to 475 millimetre annual rainfall suits the district's mixed-farming enterprises.
But the Kerin family of "Eden Valley" has moved away from cropping to become full-time Dorper prime lamb producers.
They have split their flock of 1500 ewes into three mobs and join 11 weeks apart.
This enables an even supply of lambs throughout the year which sell at 20 to 22 kilograms dressed weight, straight off their mothers at five months of age.
Ben Kerin and partner Katie Morrison run the 2000-hectare aggregation with Ben's father, Barrie.
Ben Kerin said their holistic grazing system was based on native herbages and they no longer cropped.
"That's what we can grow the most of without inputs and the Dorper's ability to convert whatever is growing to meat without supplements is just one of their virtues," he said.
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FOR Carboor Valley graziers Harry and Nicola Bussell, much of what they do comes down to a simple equation: "It's 80 per cent feed and 20pc breed, that's something we have known and discussed for many years," says Mrs Bussell.
They run Dorpers on their farm in Carboor, near Wangaratta, selling prime lamb directly from "paddock to plate" – delivered to the door, butchers and supermarkets, in addition to running a stud.
"Because we have the stud, we know what the genetic potential is, or should be in each individual animal, however you've got to get the nutrition and feed right to fully express that potential in those animals," Mrs Bussell said.
"We know you can make a genetically bad animal look great, or you can make a really good animal look bad, if you don't have the feed right. Correct, balanced nutrition is crucial to realising the full genetic potential of the animals."
Harry Bussell said he would not use a sire in the stud if the animal could not grow 500 grams a day, "less than that is a flock ram."
"In Dorpers, growth is king, but this goes back to recognising that the rams that can grow fast are the ones which are utilising the pasture better," Mr Bussell said.
The Bussells – Harry is a fourth generation sheep farmer – say they "live, breath and eat prime lambs".
"We are interested in producing the best prime lambs we can, in a way that's sustainable and in a way that's leading in animal welfare," Mrs Bussell said.
The Dorpers were chosen due to their ability to continue to grow in hot, dry conditions and their excellent meat yield and eating qualities.
And as they are a shedding breed they did not need shearing or crutching.
THE positive news for the sheepmeat industry emanating from the China-Australia free trade agreement announced last week did little to lift prices at the Queensland Dorper and White Dorper ram and ewe sale, at the Tara showgrounds on Saturday.
But, the overriding factor was the drought according to sale chairperson Andrea Weiss who said the prevailing dry conditions had a major impact on the sale.
“We appreciated the buyers who operated and bought sheep at value-for-money prices,” Andrea said.
Guest auctioneer Allan Leech sold 10 Dorper rams for a $548 average and 26 White Dorper rams for a $596 average representing a 46 per cent clearance at the sixth annual, multi-vendor sale.
Demand for the Dorper ewes was strong with 14 ewes sold for a $434 average and five White Dorper ewes averaged $405.
Commercial lamb producers provided the bulk of the competition and mostly wanted White Dorper rams to go over Merino ewes, although the Dorper ewes met with good demand reflected by their 88 percent clearance rate.
A total clearance of the 103 Dorper and White Dorper rams was achieved at the fifth annual Wentworth and District Dorper and White Dorper sale held recently.
The crowd at the Wentworth Showgrounds in western NSW was larger than in previous years and watched a very buoyant sale, reflecting the sense of urgency in the ram market.
SEVERAL volume orders buoyed the Red Rock White Dorpers and Edson Livestock's on-property sale at Keith.
The sale's average nearly mirrored last year, with 68 of 99 White Dorper and Dorper rams at Brad and Tanya Edson's Red Rock stud and Pat Edson's Edson Livestock selling for a $834 average.
Eight of nine White Dorper ewes topped at $400, and averaged $350.
For the second year in a row Clarrie Bell, Nhill, Vic, bought the $2300 top price ram - a May 2013-drop, full shedding ram from the Red Rock stud with great weight for age.
PLENTY of people might associate being a sheep farmer as hard work, but for Jenny and Paul Wilcox it's a breeze.
The couple run "Gwendoline", Springdale, and they say their focus on ease of care with their relatively small, but profitable Dorper sheep flock fits perfectly with their self-sufficient farming lifestyle.
Through their family they had previously had some exposure to Merinos, but when it came to stocking their own farm the adaptability and ease of care of the Dorpers caught their eye.
On their 160 hectares they run a 300 head ewe flock.
"We don't have to shear, we don't have to crutch, or treat lice," Mrs Wilcox said.
MELASHDAN stud at Tumby Bay is fast becoming a force in the White Dorper breed, achieving a perfect strike rate at its annual ram sale on September 15 for the second successive year.
A highlight of the Eyre Peninsula stud's cracking fifth sale was selling a ram for the $3000 top price to Ida Vale White Dorper stud, Kojunup, WA.
The Type 5 ram - the highest classification in the breed - was by AI sire Terraweena Loftus 9293, Australia's highest priced White Dorper ram.
The quality had been passed onto his progeny with the ram having a weaning weight of 47 kilograms at 96 days of age and a sale weight of 93 kg.
The July 2013 drop ram also had an eye muscle depth of 42 millimetres and a self- replacing carcase $ index of 126.5.
In the breakdown, Gary and Janice Fiegert offered and sold 50 sound shedding rams for an $1122 average.
Story by Caitlyn Burling
Courtesy of Farm Weekly
IF you’re going to produce prime lambs, go straight to the breed that is stacked from the front to the back according to Robert Miolini.
The Mt Walker producer, who farms with his wife Maxine and two sons Adam and Mitch, was finding it a challenge to obtain shearers to take off their yearly wool clip from their Merino flock until seven years ago. He spent two years using Poll Dorset rams over the Merino ewes to produce a first-cross lamb, but there was still a substantial amount of wool, a costly factor so the Miolinis decided a significant change in direction was required.
They sold all of their Merino ewes and bought their first line of F1 White Dorper-Merino ewes from a farmer at Beverley five years ago. The shedding ability of the White Dorper as well as its reputation for producing fast growing, lamb chops on legs progeny was a huge drawcard for the Miolini family.
First impressions of the breed’s performance were significant, so much so that the family bolstered its numbers by purchasing more White Dorper infused ewes from Beaumont and Meckering last year. This year they mated 1500 White Dorper ewes that ranged from F1 to F3 and have reached the stage where they are beginning to retain their own breeding females to build numbers.
“We’ve been concentrating on breeding White Dorpers for about five years now,” Robert said. “One of the reasons we decided to get out of Merinos was the stale wool price. We think we can make more money out of a prime lamb than producing wool and all the costs associated with it. When you factor in the cost of things like shearing, mulesing, crutching and freight, you’re not making a lot of money out of wool. Now we are at the stage of keeping our own ewe lambs out of the F1s to increase our numbers and the percentage of White Dorper in our breeding stock.”
As they still had F1 White Dorper-Merino ewes, the Miolinis still had to occasionally shear but other than that, Robert believed their sheep enterprise was a low-maintenance operation.
The White Dorper rams were purchased from the Wilson family, Jilakin Downs, Kulin and were put to work in October for an eight-week mating period at two per cent. Joining early ensured the lambs dropped early, with majority of the lambs appearing in March the following year and achieving a lambing average of 100pc. But as the percentage of White Dorper grew, so did the lambing percentage and this year one mob recorded a percentage of 120pc.
Robert believes the mothering ability of their ewes was excellent, with plenty of milk supply and hardly any mis-mothering, which was also aided by lick feeders as the ewes weren’t running after the ute and leaving their lambs behind.
The lambs remain with their mothers until they are sold in August, usually to processors, but the strong prices at the Muchea Livestock Centre over the last 12 months have also been a positive signal for prime lamb producers like the Miolinis.
The fast-growing nature of the White Dorpers have also allowed them to turn lambs off in the peak pricing period just before spring, recently selling 500 five-month-old lambs on farm for $120 a head. Getting them up to weight and grade was relatively easy, as the White Dorpers’ foraging nature and ability to eat almost anything made them a good weed management tool.
“We find if we keep shifting them between the feed paddocks, they don’t get out as much,” Robert said. “We are in the process of upgrading all our external fences and taking out some of the internal ones so we can better manage the feed supply. In terms of sheep getting out, we’ve never had too much trouble.”
But it was a different story when talking about sheep getting in, as last year the Miolinis were surprised to learn a White Suffolk ram had joined their White Dorper ewes for a short period of time. However, it turned out to be a fortuitous accident, as the lambs grew out beautifully and prompted the Miolinis to plan on using White Suffolk rams once their ewes reached the F3 to F4 stage.
“As long as we’re getting a good solid lamb out of them, sheep will always work alongside our cropping program,” Robert said. “Because even when it doesn’t rain, sheep can still make you money.”
In an effort to cut out their shearing costs, Adam (left) and Robert Miolini decided to run White Dorpers for their shedding ability and fast-growing progeny. By regularly moving their sheep to grazing paddocks, the Miolinis have found they don't have too many problems with White Dorpers getting out and are in the process of upgrading their boundary fences.
STARTING a sheep stud with no prior knowledge of ovines would be a difficult task for most - but the decision to diversify into Dorpers has paid off for Lindsay and Kaye Knight, Meridian View, Merbein West, Vic.
The couple made the switch to sheep on their small 6-hectare dried fruit block 14 years ago after a long period of extended drought. Their on-farm income is now a 50:50 split between Dorpers and dried fruit.
A tough South African breed, the Dorper was chosen because it was a "very hardy sheep", according to Kaye.
An inaugural Sheep CRC RamSelect workshop for Dorper sheep producers was co-hosted on Friday 22nd August at Quorn, South Australia, by the Central Division of the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia (DSSA) and Saltbush Livestock. Producers travelled from across South Australia, including from the South East and Eyre Peninsula, to join in.
Both commercial and stud breeders attended and continued their combined journey to quantify the genetic merit of Dorpers and ensure that the on-going genetic improvement can be demonstrated to others wishing to develop Dorper production systems to meet exciting current and emerging markets.
Investment in objective measurement for faster rates of genetic gain by leading breeders over the past 3-4 years is now delivering value for commercial producers. Some breeders have taken on the challenge to measure the genetic performance of their sires and dams for commercial traits that drive profit in Dorper enterprises. These include carcase traits such as growth, muscle, fatness and lean meat yield; maternal traits such as number of lambs weaned and maternal weaning weight; and disease such as internal parasites.
At Quorn, the workshop participants learnt that it was essential to balance both visual and measured attributes when selecting rams. They learnt that ASBVs are figures that could be trusted to enable across and within flock comparisons of rams and gained confidence in how to do this. Workshop participants also calculated the dollar difference between rams on a key trait such as post weaning weight (PWT) and the Self Replacing Carcase $ index (SRC$). To many participants surprise, with an average and modest production system there was over a $600 difference between the rams on display in the lifetime return on a terminal basis, and up to $2500 difference on a maternal basis, where a percentage of daughters are kept and return value to the flock over their lifetime.
(L-R) Janice Fiegert, Melashdan White Dorper Stud, Tumby Bay, Peter Battersby, Orroroo and Byron Johns, Port Pirie enjoyed the RamSelect workshop held at Saltbush Livestock Stud, Quorn.
Stud principal of Saltbush Livestock, Jamie McTaggart, left, discussing the attributes of stud rams at the recent RamSelect workshop with (L-R) Peter Battersby, Orroroo, Byron Johns, Port Pirie and Steven Johns, Port Pirie.
The National Dorper and White Dorper Show and Sale was held last week at the Dubbo Showground, showcasing the best Dorpers in Australia. The three day event began on Tuesday, September 2.
Hundreds of ewes and rams made their way from across the country to compete in the prestigious show and sale.
Ms Andrea van Niekerk, Dell Dorper stud, Moama, NSW completed a hat trick over the two days winning four tooth and over, Junior Champion White Dorper ewe and Senior Champion White Dorper Ram.
Ms van Niekerk, originally from South Africa, has been helping her parents at Dell Dorper stud for the past seven years.
On Wednesday, September 3 the final ewes were judged with Bellevue Grazing Company, Millmerran, QLD winning Grand Champion Dorper Ewe.
Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe was won by Burrawang White Dorper stud, Ootha, NSW.
The National Dorper and White Dorper Show and Sale began earlier this week with the best ewes nationwide kicking off the competition.
The three day event, which began on Tuesday, September 2, was held the Dubbo show-grounds.
Junior Champion White Dorper ewe was won by Andrea van Niekerk, Dell Dorper stud, Moama, NSW.
Ms van Niekerk, originally from South Africa, has been helping her parents with the stud for the past seven years.
On Wednesday, September 3 the final ewes were judged with Bellevue Grazing Company, Millmerran, QLD winning Grand Champion Dorper Ewe.
Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe was won by Burrawang White Dorper stud, Ootha, NSW.
As the Dorper and White Dorper National Show and Sale concludes in Dubbo today, two familiar faces have been absent from the scene following the decision of Top Deck stud owners Frith and Allan Peters to retire.
Since the stud began 12 years ago, it has become synonymous with excellence.
At the Dubbo Show in May this year they took out the title of most successful exhibitor and won grand champion ewe.
"I will miss the highlights," Ms Peters said.
"There are highs and lows; there is a lot of life and death on a farm. It is really intense and everything else is always, in comparison, boring."
A well-known artist from the region, Ms Peters said she looked forward to spending more time painting.
"It will be a wonderful opportunity to paint because you just can't paint when you are working with sheep."
A NSW ram and Queensland ewe shared the supreme spotlight at the Dorper and White Dorper National Show and Sale at Dubbo.
Andrea van Niekerk, Dumisa, Moama, exhibited the supreme White Dorper ram, Dumisa 120441, after it won the four tooth and over, senior and grand champion ram classes.
Dumisa 120441 was a rising two-year-old sire by African G041, a son of impact sire African D555.
Judge Webber Scheun, Beaufort West, South Africa, said the ram was a nice long, strong, meaty ram.
Queensland stud Bellevue, Millmerran, took out the Dorper judging winning supreme exhibit with their senior and grand champion ewe.
MORE than 250 stud Dorper and White Dorper sheep converged on the Dubbo Showgound this week for the annual National Dorper and White Dorper Show.
South African judge Weber Scheun, Beaufort West, had the mammoth task on Tuesday of judging the ewes.
Nine-month-old ewe lamb Global 130166, exhibited by Global stud, Narrabri, was awarded junior champion Dorper ewe after placing first in the Dorper ewe lamb born between 01/12/13 and 28/02/14 class.
Coming in as reserve was five-month-old Netanya 140118, exhibited by the Pagett family, Netanya stud, Wee Waa.
In the White Dorpers, it was Dumisa 130353 which took out the junior champion sash.
JUSTIN Kirkby of Amarula Dorpers, Gravesend, NSW, paid $5000 for the top priced ram in the Bendigo Supreme Dorper & White Dorper Sale at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show on Sunday.
Thirteen of the 16 White Dorper rams offered sold to $5000 and averaged $1785, while 23 of 29 Dorper rams sold to $2000, av $1287.
Ewes received competitive interest, resulting in three of the six White Dorper ewes offered selling to $600, av $517, and 24 of the 27 Dorper ewes sold to $1600, av $770. There were close to 40 registered buyers from Western Australia, South Australia, NSW and northern Victoria.
The 78-strong catalogue was fielded from 28 Dorper and White Dorper studs.
Story courtesy of Stock and Land by Cara Jeffery and Tyson Cattle
WITH three studs and 36 sheep at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, White Dorper and Dorper breed stalwarts, the van Niekerk family, proved tough to beat.
In the White Dorper judging, the van Niekerk family reigned supreme with their senior champion ewe from their African stud that rose through the ranks as senior and grand champion ewe before being taking the coveted supreme title.
The November 2012-drop ewe, African 120609, was sired by African G401 - a ram the van Niekerks sold at the 2012 Dorper & White Dorper National Sale for $11,000 to Wirlinga Park White Dorper stud, Albury, NSW.
The African ewe outclassed the grand and junior champion ram from the van Niekerk's other stud Dumisa.
The March-2013 ram, Dumisa Ranger 130055, was sired by African D555 - which was the sire of three rams which averaged $8000 at the 2012 National Sale.
Judge Justin Kirkby, Amarula Dorper and White Dorper stud, Gravesend, NSW, gave the supreme win to the ewe as he thought she was exceptionally good and had "matured to her full potential".
"The ram will be a good ram when he matures a bit more as he is an exceptionally good ram also with a long loin and body, but to find such a good quality ewe is really hard and that's why I gave it to the ewe as she was an outstanding and beautiful ewe," he said.
Senior champion ram was won by the Veitch family, Kaya stud, Narrogin, Western Australia, with their May 2013-drop exhibit. The twin ram, which weighed 81.5kg, had a fat measurement of 4mm and an eye muscle depth (EMD) of 33mm, was sired by Kaya 100750. Mr Kirkby said the Kaya ram had tremendous bone for age with a strong head.
The junior champion ewe title went to the Edson family, Red-Rock stud, Keith, South Australia, for their milk-tooth ewe. The July 2013-drop ewe weighed 59kg, measured 5.5mm for fat and had an EMD of 35mm. Mr Kirkby said the Red-Rock ewe took the win for its body length and fullness on loin.
In the Dorper judging, Andrea van Niekerk's stud Dell Dorpers dominated. The Moama, NSW-based stud claimed seven of the 11 awards on offer, including the coveted supreme exhibit with the studs' grand champion ram, Dell Baby Doll 120448. Stud owner Andrea van Niekerk said the ram was the half brother of Dell Baby Doll III, who won the supreme exhibit at the National Show twice previously.
The grand champion ewe also came from Dell Dorpers with Dell Gloria 11119 continuing its success after being named the supreme exhibit at the Dubbo National Show 2013.
NSW stud Global stud, Narrabri, picked up two awards winning reserve junior champion Dorper ram and reserve junior champion Dorper ewe.
Victorian Dorper studs Olsen Park and Oakview won junior champion Dorper ewe and reserve senior champion ewe respectively.
Senior & Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe and Supreme White Dorper Exhibit, African White Dorpers, H609 with Moozie Van Niekerk
THE Veitch family's Kaya Dorper and White Dorper stud, Narrogin, featured on the national stage at its debut showing at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria, last week.
The stud sent a team of Dorper and White Dorper rams to the show with the WA contingent of Merino rams for the long journey east.
Kaya was awarded two broad ribbons and sold rams at the sale including the $3600 second top price.
It was a great result for the WA stud given the Kaya rams lost from nine to 11 kilograms of bodyweight during the trip.
The Kaya stud picked up a few third and fourth place ribbons during the class judging, before a Kaya ram was awarded the reserve senior champion ram of the show.
The ram finished in second place in its class over 1.5-years-old, to the eventual grand champion ram and supreme Dorper exhibit of the show from the van Neikerk family's Dell Dorpers, Moama, New South Wales, who dominated the broad ribbon awards for the breed.
LambEx launched a national search for the most tender, flavoursome and
juiciest lamb in Australia. Australia’s Best Lamb Competition was open to
lamb producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers. Entries were in six
categories – three weight classes (18-22kg, 22-26kg and 26+kg) from
grain-fed or grass-fed systems. Lambex received 66 entries in total across
these categories with the judging taking place at TAFE SA Regency Park
campus on Wednesday 9th July 2014.
Justin Kirkby of Amarula Dorpers, Gravesend, NSW, paid $5000 for the top priced ram in the Bendigo Supreme Dorper & White Dorper Sale today.
Thirteen of the 16 White Dorper rams offered sold to $5000 and averaged $1785, while 23 of 29 Dorper rams sold to $2000, av $1287.
Ewes received competitive interest, resulting in three of the six White Dorper ewes offered selling to $600, av $517, and 24 of the 27 Dorper ewes sold to $1600, av $770.
There were close to 40 registered buyers from Western Australia, South Australia, NSW and Northern Victoria.
The 78-strong catalogue was fielded from 28 Dorper and White Dorper studs.
Andrea van Niekerk of Dell Dorpers and Dumisa White Dorpers offered the top-priced ram - a rising two-year-old son of Dumisa Mr Perfect.
The ram was praised for his exceptional length and depth in his hindquarters by Mr Kirkby, who judged the ram the day prior to the sale in the White Dorper showing.
THE sixth annual Dorper sale at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show (ASWS) will bring together about 90 high quality animals from studs across Victoria, NSW and even South Australia and Western Australia.
The Dorper Sheep Society of Australia's southern region president Bruno Trazzera said numbers expected to go under the hammer were slightly down on the 112 last year.
This was because the meat breeds' increased popularity meant producers were having more on-farm sales and had filled a lot of export orders to China in the past months.
Simultaneously, the number of Dorpers and White Dorpers being registered for the show and judging (to be held on Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19) continued to grow and it would be the second most represented breed at the ASWS after Merinos, Mr Trazzera said.
Owned and operated by fifth generation farmers Camille and Tim Sides, Ellamatta, is a white dorper farm, that doesn't use dogs, has no need for shearers and tries to create a stress free environment for the lambs.
"All our sheep are rounded up on foot," co-owner Camille said.
"Our lambs are slaughtered in Leeton and butchered at Knight's in Wagga," she said.
This Saturday, the Sides will sell their lamb at Wagga's Farmers Market, something Camille said they whole-heartedly support.
"We want ways for local people to have access to local produce," she said.
Ensuring the sheep have as stress-free an environment as possible, increases meat quality, Camille said.
While their prices may be a little bit higher than bargain-basement prices shoppers have become accustomed to thanks to the rigorous supermarket wars between Coles and Woolworths, Camille said customers would be able to taste the difference.
DUBAI may not be ready for Andrew and Maree King’s organic lamb but they are busily lining up plenty of new domestic markets.
The Longreach couple have been operating Silverwood Organics since 2000 and have won a swag of awards since then – finalists in the ABC Delicious awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012, light lamb category prizes at the Ekka in 2010 and 2011, and the AgForce Sheepmeat Producers of the Year from 2010-2013 – but are not resting on their laurels.
Earlier this year they travelled to the Middle East with MLA as part of their AgForce prize from last year and found the price point for their Dorper lamb wasn’t yet worth pursuing.
“They eat lamb like we imagine people eat goat – cut up with the bone in,” Maree explained.
“Western food is just becoming part of their diet, and they are five to eight years behind Australia in their organic demand, just as we are five to eight years behind UK trends.”
The trip gave them a great opportunity to watch Australian sheep coming off a boat and to talk to locals, who said the time for organic sheepmeat from Australia was not yet at hand.
WHICH culinary creation represents WA in a single bite?
Not a pie. Not a Chiko roll and certainly not a snag or even a Pav.
The answer is quite a mouthful: Lupin and Za’atar Crumbed Dorper Lamb Cutlets with Moroccan Roast Pumpkin and Lupin Salad (check it out, right).
The dish was named WA’s Signature Dish at the Buy West Eat Best’s inaugural WA’s Signature Dish competition held in Perth as part of WA Day.
Winning cook Rhiannon Birch, a graphic designer by trade who represented the “Perth and Surrounds” region, said that keeping it simple and using fresh, local regional produce was her recipe for success in winning the competition. The centrepiece of her dish was local Dorper frenched lamb cutlets perched on beetroot.
ALMOST 100 Dorper and White Dorper ewes and rams vied for the breed's grand champion ribbons in today's NSW State Sheep Show at Dubbo.
Scott Antcliff and Amanda Woollam's Tuckeroo stud, Limpinwood, NSW took out the Senior and Grand Champion Dorper Ewe with their two-tooth ewe which had a three-week-old lamb at foot.
The Senior and Grand Champion Dorper Ram was exhibited by Kaya stud, Inverell.
In the White Dorpers, Allan and Frith Peters, Top Deck, Wellington took out the top honours in the ewe section while the Kirkby's, Amarula, Gravesend took out the ram section with their two-tooth ram, Amarula Waratah.
Top Deck stud at Wellington has become champion of champions with Frith and Alan Peters taking out the grand champion and junior award at the Dubbo show.
"We also received the Most Successful Exhibitor - White Dorper. Our little stud has been fighting for years to beat the big ones and we did it!" an excited Mrs Peters said.
"Everyone cheered. It was fairytale stuff," she added.
A MASSIVE $19,000 was raised in the name of charity last Friday when the Dubbo All-Breeds Hoof and Hook Competition champion pens of sheep went up at auction.
A total of 35 sheep were offered, averaging $542.85.
The top price lamb was out of a pen of Steve Cresswell’s White Dorpers which made $1100, paid for by Mr Cresswell, Annalara White Dorper stud, Dubbo.
Mr Cresswell’s pen of White Dorpers was sashed the champion pen of lambs on the combined hoof and hook, with the three remaining lambs after judging attracting a total of $3100 at auction.
The reserve champion combined hoof and hook pen was entered by Cameron McPherson, Junee.
The seven-and-a-half month old Poll Dorset/SAMM cross lambs, which weighed 50.4kg/lw and 24.9kg cw on average, also won the champion hoof section.
At auction, the pen of three sold for an average of $620 a head.
The champion hook pen was a pen of White Dorpers offered by Matt and Kate Spry, Tamworth which made an average of $550/head.
The reserve champion hoof pen was a pen of White Dorpers offered by Graham Pickles, Ootha which sold for an average of $550/head while the reserve champion hook pen, Dorpers also offered by Mr Pickles, secured an average of $460/head.
The West Australian based agribusiness Wellard Group has expanded its exports into China and believes it may start shipping live feeder and slaughter cattle there within five to six months.
The company air freighted more than 1,200 dorper rams and ewes from WA, Victoria and South Australia and has also shipped its first container of frozen mutton to China.
This follows the export accreditation of its abattoir Beaufort River Meats at Woodanilling, 60 kilometres east of Katanning in WA's Great Southern.
Wellard already has a presence in China as an exporter of high performance dairy heifers from Australia and New Zealand.
Mauro Balzarini is the CEO of the Wellard Group.
He says the rams and ewes took a 15 hour first class flight from Perth to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, for breeding purposes.
Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Dubbo Sheep Show. The results I have been given so far are as follows:
Junior Champion Dorper ewe Amarula 133964 and Reserve Amarula 133875
Junior Champion White Dorper ram Netanya 0024 and Reserve Amarula 415
Senior Champion White Dorper ram Amarula 120292 and Reserve Belowrie 130002.
Winner of the Under 12 years Handlers competition Calum Letts from Gunnedah South Primary School.
Congratulations to all the Dorper breeders who took the opportunity to have their commercial programs assessed
in this competition which is based on the specifications of the industry processing sector.
Judging of the carcases was based on a points system at Fletcher International Exports. The carcases were judged on fat colour, evenness, muscle and fat distribution.
The Grand Champion Hoof and Hook Pen were won by S Cresswell with White Dorpers in the Trade class.
The Champion Hook Pen was won by Matt & Kate Spry of Sprys White Dorpers in the Export class. The Spry’s
carcases dressed out at 53.35%.
In the Trade Classes Reserve Champion Hook Pen was won by Burrawang West operated by Graham and Jana Pickles, who also took out the Reserve Champion Hoof Pen. Burrawang West had a very impressive day, winning the Highest Individual Scoring Carcase on the hook with a 56.8% yield.
ORGANIC farming has moved on from hobby farming into the boardrooms, bank accounts and farming empires of corporate Australia.
A new survey to be released today by IBISWorld shows organic farming is a $655 million industry, growing at a phenomenal 12 per cent a year.
Organic produce also has emerged for the first time as a significant export earner, particularly organic meat sold to the US, with total exports valued at $66m last year.
IBISWorld analyst Caroline Finch said sales of organic produce still made up only 1 per cent of all income to farmers at the farmgate.
But by 2018, the IBIS report predicts organic farming will be a $1 billion mainstream agricultural industry, driven by continuing consumer demand for food that is healthy, safe, chemical-free and grown in a manner that is kinder to the environment and animals.
“Organic meat has been the big growth areas; it is something Australian producers can do really well because a lot of cattlemen and sheep farmers in the rangeland and outback areas aren’t using chemicals in the first place,” Ms Finch said.
ANDREA van Niekerk had been running a Dorper sheep stud at Moama, NSW, for just seven years when she started gaining national notoriety.
The first inkling of her stud’s star power started at the Dubbo National Show in 2011 when one of her ewes beat the grand champion ram to win the supreme exhibit.
Then the same ewe took out the same accolade the following year.
“We then won supreme exhibit at Dubbo for three years in a row, but with a different ewe in the third year,” said Andrea, who manages Dell Dorpers on 440ha.
Around the same time she set a new national record for an on-farm sale, fetching the highest national price last year of $14,000.
And the trifecta was complete when she took out supreme exhibit at Bendigo’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show three years in a row.
This year saw Hay War Memorial High Schools Aberline Dorper & White Dorper stud take twelve sheep to the Sydney Royal Agricultural Show. The sheep contingent consisted of seven White Dorpers, one ram and six ewes and five Dorpers, two rams and three ewes. Twelve students and two teachers accompanied the sheep, with seven of the twelve students attending their first ever show and some of them handling their first ever sheep.
Results from the show have done the school proud with a total of sixteen ribbons and a perpetual trophy, including two reserve champions. Our first ribbon at the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show was 1st place to Annie in the 2/4 tooth ewe category handled by Emerson Hedt.
Loftus caught the eye of all that encountered him as something pretty special. Bred by Terraweena Stud and comprising of Malan and Cilliers genetics the ram set precedents and industry firsts throughout his life.
Initially, Loftus was awarded a C5, T5 under the South African assessment system but Loftus first made headlines on Australian soil for becoming the first ram ever to win Australian National Grand Champion Ram back to back (2010-2011). He then reaffirmed his place in history by selling to a Brazilian buyer for an Australian record $45,000 but not before establishing a first time premium price of $150 per straw (limited to 100 straws).
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The day got off to an early start with the first attendees coming up the drive at 8.15am (advertised start time 10am!!!) The early birds got put to work assisting with the sorting and penning of rams.
By 10am we had over 45 visitors wandering the displays of commercial and stud sheep, and many were pondering the question of “why would you not buy this ewe?” who was penned in the yards....(she is a 3 year old maiden was the answer).
Special guest speaker Adrian Veitch took the microphone at 10.30 and the 55 people on hand by this stage took seats and enjoyed his discussion on “Why Dorpers?”, followed by a guide on what to look for, and look out for, when selecting animals. Sadly we did not have a sheep with loose shoulders to show off!
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The Prime Dorper Lamb brand is slowly building momentum, backed by workshops across Australia.
The breed, in Australia for less than 20 years, has enjoyed considerable wins in carcase competitions and a reputation for easy-care sheep with excellent carcase quality and yield.
Having grown to about 700 stud and commercial members, the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia has recognised the need to "differentiate" prime Dorper lamb from other breeds.
In the past two years, it has developed a logo and associated marketing material and is now working on a list of key suppliers on its website and a list of processors, retailers, butchers and consumers interested in the product.
To underpin the quality assurance, it is encouraging suppliers to become MSA-accredited, and will roll out more of the Meat & Livestock Australia Meat Standards Australia workshops throughout the year.
It's a royal affair for three of Hay War Memorial High School's sheep, who are having an extended holiday in Sydney to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The three White Dorpers - Ace, Alice and Rosie - were taken to the Sydney Royal Easter Show as part of a team of 12 sheep and 12 students.
While the school won prizes in many categories, the three White Dorpers were asked to be left behind for a royal inspection.
Head agricultural teacher at the school James Caughey said the school has a very strong agricultural program with more than 30 of the 195 students, participating in some form of agriculture.
Mr Caughey said Ace, Rosie and Alice came from top-grade genetics.
Some of the awards won by the school included second place in the objective measurement class for White Dorper sheep, awarded to Ace, and third place in the objective measurement class for Dorpers.
Galaxy Ironbark and Galaxy Oakwood seemed singularly unimpressed by the flurry of attention around them in their paddock yesterday. With a camera standing ready, their breeders, Rod and Rosalie Smith, draped the six-month-old rams with evidence of their weekend triumph at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Ironwood was crowned Grand Champion White Dorper Ram, any age and Oakwood snagged the Reserve Champion sash.
Despite the glory in the ring, Rod said the significant achievement for them was Ironbark’s first-place award in Objective Measurement class. The evaluation reflects the raw statistics about the meat-breeding quality in an animal.
“You know, judging in the ring is subjective, and the objective measurement is facts and figures.
An effort to make a much bigger profit from their commercial Dorper flock has led Narrabri sheep breeders Bill and Lyn Guest into a partnership with a regional online marketer.
The Guests run Dalman Downs Dorpers, known as 3D Dorpers, and they launched their online business through Paradise Fresh at Narrabri’s Nosh on the Namoi food and wine festival last month.
The Guests have sold their commercial stock direct to processors since starting the enterprise 13 years ago as a hobby.
In the first decade, the Guests worked hard to set up markets for their rams and ewes but they were “stopped dead in their tracks” by the Ovine Johne’s Disease debacle of 2012 which severely curtailed the seedstock business.
Scott Antcliff and partner Amanda Wollam breed exotic dorper sheep at Tuckeroo Stud in the Limpinwood Valley and believe in a holistic approach to farm management.
The sheep are adapted to tropical conditions and are tame, following their owners around at every opportunity.
What the couple had planned to be a quiet rural lifestyle with six South African dorper sheep has now become a flock of 230 over six years, which is recognised as a successful stud breeding business.
A sheep grazier in Western Queensland says going organic has dramatically reduced running costs on her property.
Maree King from Westfield station, south of Longreach has never had to supplement feed her Dorper sheep, even though the current dry spell is said to have been one of the worst on record.
She believes it could be because of the Dorper's South African heritage.
"They were bred to thrive in a semi arid environment, so they just do so well here and we don't have to feed."
Rain did not put a stop to the 26th Stud Meat Show at this year's Toowoomba Royal Show, with two judging rings going at the same time.
In one ring, the Dorper and White Dorper entries were more than double that of last year's show, with 143 head exhibited from nine studs.
The second ring had 80 entries from seven studs, including traditional breeds such as Poll Dorsets, Suffolks, White Suffolks, Southdown, Texels, Border Leicester and Dorset Horn.
Judge Jeff Sutton, Temora, said he was pleased to judge in the mud and rain, as he had seen first hand how hard Queensland had been hit with the drought.
"The quality of sheep was very high and I thought quite a few of the sheep would do very well at Sydney or Melbourne," Mr Sutton said.
Mature sheep displaying structural correctness and adhering closely to breed standards took out all the broad ribbons in the Dorper section at Woolorama.
Former South African Arno Vlok quickly and decisively swept through the classes looking firstly for sheep which met the Dorper type, had good legs and feet and made it clear he wanted meat on his sires and good productive feminine traits on his ewes - guidelines he applied to both the Dorper and White Dorper breeds he judged.
Adrian Veitch, Kaya stud, Narrogin delivered the goods winning the champion Dorper ram and grand champion Dorper with one of his stud sires and taking home a fistful of blue ribbons with other sheep.
The strong market of the previous week certainly attracted plenty of numbers (19,600) to produce a fair to good quality yarding. There were some outstanding heavy weight lambs penned, along with a fair selection of lighter weights and Dorpers. All the regular buyers were in attendance and operating in a solid market.
It’s been a number of years since the Guyra Show has been able to run its Sheep Section. This year, Ellie Noon has taken on the job of Head Steward.
Entries have officially closed, but you can still call Ellie if you wish to exhibit on 0459 999 355.
Ellie said that entries have been mostly from the New England and North West, including Inverell, Bundarra and Warialda as well as local exhibitors.
The Sheep Show will take place on Friday, February 21 only showing Dorper and White Dorper breeds because they are an increasing part of the sheep industry.
Following an absence of four years, sheep were back at the Bundarra Show on Saturday.
Eight dorper and white dorper sheep studs and 46 sheep competed for the Supreme Champion and more than $3000 worth of sponsored support.
The studs from throughout the North West and New England brought their top sheep to Bundarra to parade before judge Christo Harmse from Gunnedah.
Motivated by positive feedback from processors, retailers and consumers and the carcase competition wins the Dorper breed has accumulated in recent years, the breed's leaders are moving to promote a high-quality prime lamb product into the market via a new brand.
When a butcher told Queensland prime lamb producer Jeff Betts he specifically puts Dorper lamb legs on display to attract customers, it was just one more tick in the farmer's mind for the argument a labelled product was the future for the Dorper breed.
An Inspector's Day was held last week on Friday and Saturday at Marius Loots and his family's Prieska White Dorper Stud in Inverell. The event was attended by 12 DSSA judges and inspectors. It consisted of informative presentations, in depth discussions, and the Typing of many Dorper and White Dorper sheep. Thank you to everyone who attended making it a great success.
White Dorper cross prime lambs topped the Muchea sale in WA on December 10th. The lambs from Broun Partners in Beverley sold at the top price of $109 with Elders reporting a rise in the crossbred lamb market.
The 5th Annual Qld Dorper & White Dorper Sale was successfully held in Tara Qld on Saturday the 23rd November 2013 with attendance being pleasantly surprising given the enduring drought conditions. There was a quality line up of rams and ewes represented by seven Qld studs. 56 rams offered topped at $1150 with an 89% clearance and 25 ewes offered topped at $600 with a 73% clearance. The top price ram was a White Dorper from Basecamp Stud, Kogan whilst the top price ewe was a Dorper ewe from Tinalong Dorpers, Surat. The Southern family from Weengallon and Coggan family from Meandarra were the volume buyers on the day.
Live exports of breeding sheep have been leaving Australia since the mid 1990s but Elders International Trading says it has really lifted in the past year as its 1.35 billion people get a taste for lamb.
DPI rangelands researcher, Dr Yohannes Alemseged, has been comparing the grazing behaviour, diet selection and impact on ground cover between the traditional Merino and Dorper sheep for the past three years, combining information from laboratory experiments, field studies and producer experience.
The ninth annual production sale held in the Narrogin ram shed last week on behalf of the Veitch family’s Kaya stud saw strong inquiry for both the Dorper and White Dorper ewes offered but limited inquiry for rams of either breed.
However it was two Dorper sires which attracted strong competition with both eventually going to interstate studs at $5600 and $4400.
The sale was conducted by Landmark with Deane Allen as auctioneer and all up just over 200 head of Dorper and White Dorper rams and April to August 2012 drop ewes were offered to in shed buyers, those via mobile phones and once again AuctionsPlus, with Landmark Narrogin’s Ashley Lock handling the AuctionsPlus phone link up.
Dorothy and Bruce Greenaway's 24.7 kilogram White Dorper lamb stole the spotlight at the Geelong Show carcase competition, winning champion lamb on the hoof and grand champion carcase. The lamb was entered by the Greenaway family, Beazley's Bridge, who will add the ribbon to their growing collection from the Geelong competition. Several officials remarked it was one of the best lamb carcases they had seen go through Herds abattoir for the competition. Bruce Greenaway said he fed the prime lambs mostly on Lucerne and clover, because the sheep "just don't do on grain". White Dorper rams were joined to second-cross White Dorper ewes for the prime lamb operation, he said, and this year they had enjoyed a 150 per cent lambing rate.
The Melashdan White Dorper studs 4th on property sale at Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia was a sell-out thanks to new and existing clients
40 Rams to top of $2100 and average $1172
82 F4 ewe lambs to top of $195 and average $150
During August Prime Lamb and Dorper breeders were given the opportunity to attend a one day workshop held at Bellevue, Millmerran Queensland. The aim of this workshop was to encourage prime lamb producers to become accredited as Meat Standards Australia (MSA) lamb producers.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to hear from other sheep industry experts across a range of topics.
Below are two videos from this information day; One a presentation from Terry Farrell - Livestock Supply Chain Coordinator - Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), talking about the process of MSA accreditation and what you need to do to become registered as a MSA accredited lamb producer and one from Hamish Chandler - Sheep Genetics Australia, giving a run down on understanding Lambplan ASBV's.
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The Red Rock White Dorper and Edson Livestock's combined annual on property sale, at Keith South Australia topped at $2,100.
The top price ram, a 107kg White Dorper, was purchased by Clarry Hill, Nhill Victoria. The stud type four ram, Red Rock 120388 had an eye muscle depth of 46mm.
Volume buyers included, M & B Anderson purchasing 12 rams for an average of $796, Melville Hinton purchased 11 rams for a $568 average, DA & MJ Arbon purchased 10 rams and D & A Bury purchased 8 rams.
Overall 98 out of 122 rams were sold to an average of $804. Of these 86 of 104 White Dorpers averaged $835 and 12 of 18 Dorpers averaged $600.
A top price of $2,000 was reached twice for Douwana Dorper rams at the Chapman Valley Stud Sheep Breeders Association Ram Sale at Nanson Western Australia.
The first top of $2,000 was paid by DR & MC Stokes from Dongara WA, while the second top of $2,000 was paid by GR, VJ & MG Dodd, Jurien Bay WA.
Volume buyer on the day was Mingenew graziers, JC & ME Wasley who purchased ten rams for between $1,000 to $1,800.
Kim and Jason Batten offered and sold a total of twenty Dorper rams to average $1,475, the highest average across all breeds on offer.
Northern New South Welsh Dorper and White Dorpers staged a display at Agquip recently which attracted a great deal of interest. Members manning the stand were overwhelmed by the interest in the breeds and the refridgeration unit showing some Dorper carcasses. The winner of the ram weight guessing competition was Norma from Tamworth with the ram weighing 93.7kg.
Matt and Kate Spry, Tamworth NSW donated a White Dorper ewe to the most successful school competing at the 2013 National Show. Matt and Kate have had the opportunity to be involved in junior events in the rural enterprises and consider developing youth in agriculture to be very important. The most successfull school was the Hay War Memorial High School. Hay's stud Aberline was established two years ago and exhibited 6 head at the event. Students also assisted the event organisers at the show and this was sincerely appreciated. Shown below are Agricultural Teacher James Caughey and the students accepting the ewe from Matt Spry in a presentation at the conclusion of the National Show. Youth Coordinator Sharon Hibbens and handler Darren Flynn are also shown. Congratulations to the students from Hay War Memorial High School and we look forward to following the progress of the Sprys ewe. A big thank you to Matt and Kate Spry for their generous donation.
A great line of sheep paraded before International judge Mr rikus van der Merwe (South africa) at the National Dorper and White Dorper National Show. Rikus provided excellent commentary on the classes before him as he worked through the many classes. In the Dorper section Global Dorpers was the most successful exhibitor with Amarula White the most successful in the White Dorper section.
Junior Champion Ewe: Global 120250 exhibited by Global Livestock Genetics
Reserve Junior Champion Ewe: Global 130042 exhibited by Global Livestock Genetics
Senior Champion Ewe: Dell Dorpers110119 exhibited by John Dell & Rozanne van Niekerk
Reserve Senior Champion Ewe: Dell Dorpers110445 exhibited by John Dell & R van Niekerk
Grand Champion Ewe: Dell Dorpers 110119 exhibited by John Dell & Rozanne van Niekerk
Junior Champion Ram: Global 130033 exhibited by Global Livestock Genetics
Reserve Junior Champion Ram: Bellevue 130054 exhibited by Bellevue Grazing Co
Senior Champion Ram: Kaya 110919 exhibited by A Veitch
Reserve Senior Champion Ram: Bellevue 100185 exhibited by Bellevue Grazing Co
Grand Champion Ram: Kaya 110919 exhibited by A Veitch
Supreme Dorper Exhibit:Dell Dorpers 110119 exhibited by John Dell & Rozanne van Niekerk
Junior Champion Ewe: Red Rock 120383 exhibited by BC & TL Edson
Reserve Junior Champion Ewe: Bellevue 120484 exhibited by Bellevue Grazing Co
Senior Champion Ewe: Amarula White 110206 exhibited by JW & LM Kirkby
Reserve Senior Champion Ewe: Dumisa 120057 exhibited by Andrea van Niekerk
Grand Champion Ewe: Red Rock 120383 exhibited by BC & TL Edson
Junior Champion Ram: Amarula white 120287 exhibited by JW & LM Kirkby
Reserve Junior Champion Ram: African 120382 exhibited by African White Dorpers
Senior Champion Ram: Bellevue 120164 exhibited by Bellevue Grazing Co
Reserve Senior Champion Ram: African 120147 exhibited by African White Dorpers
Grand Champion Ram: Bellevue 120164 exhibited by Bellevue Grazing Co
Supreme Dorper Exhibit: Bellevue 120164 exhibited by Bellevue Grazing Co
Left: Supreme Dorper Exhibit: Dell Dorpers 110119. Right: Supreme White Dorper Exhibit: Bellevue 120164
Left: Grand Champion dorper Ram: Kaya 110919 Right: Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe: Red Rock 120383
A group of over thirty juniors attended a parading workshop at the National with instructors David Curtis and Philip Glass (USA). The two instructors ran through parading sheep in the show ring, why and how before conducting a competition for the juniors. Ovatec Sheep Artificial Breeding Services sponsored the event. The winners of the two heats were Lachlan Spry and Ale' van Shalwwyk. The session was a great opportunity to learn how to present sheep in the ring and the enthusiasm of the competitors was excellent. A big thank you to Sharon Hibbens for coordinating this event and sponsors Francois and Lynn Marias, Ovatec http://www.ovatec.com.au
Lachlan Spry with sponsor Lynn Marias Lynn Marias with Ale' van Shalkwyk
Brad and Tanya Edson had a great show at the National in Dubbo and continued the success at the Adelaide Royal. Red Rock exhibited both the Champion and reserve champion Rams aas well as the Reserve champion ewe. Keach White Dorpers, Middleton SA exhibited the champion White Dorper ewe that paraded with a well developed lamb at foot. The judge of the Dorper and White Dorper classes was Mr Andrew Frick. In the Dorper Ram classes Charlie and Pat Edson won both ram championships with Lindsay and Kaye Knight winning both the ewe championships.
Champion Dorper Ewe: Meridian View Champion Dorper Ram: Edson Black
Champion White Dorper Ewe: Keach White Dorpers Champion Dorper Ram: Red Rock
Matt and Kate Spry, Sprys White Dorpers, Tamworth have donated a registered ewe to the most successful school competing at the 2013 National Dorper and White Dorper show. The ewe (pictured below) is sired by Kaya White 090258 and will be on display at the National Show. Justin and Lorroi Kirkby, Amarula Dorpers, Gravesend NSW have also donated a ewe and lamb to be auctioned as lot 206 in the National Sale with all proceeds used to assist schools and junior sheep breeders develop a knowledge of Dorpers and White Dorpers. THe youth are our future and we express our sincere appreciation to both these flocks for their support of our future breeders. Remember to check out Lot 206 as all proceeds are being used for a great cause.
Dorper enthusiasts are being offered the exciting opportunity to meet one of Australia’s iconic media personalities in ‘MLA Lambassador’, Sam Kekovich.
Sam Kekovich will be the major guest speaker for the National Get Together during the 2013 Dorper & White Dorper National Sale.
Following a stellar AFL career, Sam Kekovich has become a well known media personality and is well known for his irreverent advertisements encouraging people to act less 'unAustralian' on Australia Day by eating lamb.
Sam Kekovich will be joined by Jamie McTaggart from Bultarra ‘Australian Saltbush Lamb’ and Trevor Hill, a well recognised and respected processor in the Australian Meat Industry.
Sale sheep will be penned for inspection on the evening.
The National Get Together will take place on Thursday 5th September 2013 at the Dubbo Showground Woolpack Centre from 6pm-9pm.
Tickets are $24 (inc GST)for canapés/finger food. Bar available. Tickets can be purchased from the DSSA.
RSVP is 30/08/13.
For more information contact the DSSA 02 6773 3805 or CLICK HERE to download the invitation.
Dorper and White Dorper breeders provided the second largest display at the 2013 Australian Sheep and Wool Show behind the Merinos. These breeds have had a significant impact in the Australian Sheep industry and the quality on display highlighted the reasons why. Judge Adrian Veitch, Kaya flock WA and Associate Judge Marius Loots, Prieska Flock, NSW had the privelige of adjudicating a high quality line of sheep. Class after class paraded with amazing depth of quality, and Dorper type.
The van Neikerk family and the two Supreme exhibits from Dell Dorpers and African Flocks.
Junior Ewe - Amarula
Reserve Junior Ewe - Olsen Park
Senior Ewe - Dell Dorpers
Reserve Senior Ewe - Bradan
Grand Champion Dorper Ewe - Dell Dorpers
Junior Ram - Dell Dorpers
Reserve Junior Ram - Edson Black
Senior Ram - Dell Dorpers
Reserve Senior Ram - Amarula
Grand Champion Dorper Ram - Dell Dorpers (Supreme Exhibit)
White Dorper Champions
Junior Ewe - Red Rock
Reserve Junior Ewe - Red Rock
Senior Ewe - Bunnerungie
Reserve Senior Ewe - Dumisa
Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe - Bunnerungie
Junior Ram - Matchless
Reserve Junior Ram - Merribrook West
Senior Ram - African
Reserve Senior Ram - Merribrook West
Grand Champion White Dorper Ram - African (Supreme Exhibit)
See a gallery of the champions: Click here
On the Sunday the Supreme Sale was held with Ronald McDonald opening the sale. See sale report.
The latest edition of the Dorper and White Dorper magazine has recently been released. The magazine includes articles on Dorper branded lamb, successful use of Dorpers in grazing programs, genomic opportunities and much more. There is also an extensive section listing members and map locations of Full andf junior members.
Click here to read the magazine online