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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.

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