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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.

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