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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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