Dorper and White Dorper sheep are true easy care sheep, returning maximum returns to the producer for minimal inputs in term of labour, resources and money. They are very adaptable and perform well in a wide range of Australian environmental conditions. This ability has seen their rise in popularity, as Australians realised that these sheep excel, even in drought conditions. Dorpers and White Dorpers offer a farming option that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and employs ethical farming practices.
The Australian Dorper and White Dorper Association Inc (ADWDA) is the Australian breed organisation for all breeders of Australian Dorper and White Dorper sheep. ADWDA aims not only to have the Dorper and White Dorpers become truly part of the Australian sheep Industry, but to be one of the leaders of the Australian Sheep industry into the future.
ADWDA held its inaugural sale at Bendigo on Saturday, October 22nd in conjunction with the 2016 Bendigo Agricultural Show.
An even line of 68 rams and 6 ewes were presented for sale in a well set-up venue that gave spectators and buyers great access. Although the clearance rate of rams was a little disappointing for some, the overall success of the event encourages us as breeders to run the event again in 2017. The top priced Dorper Ram was sold to Edson Livestock for $3500 and the top priced White Dorper Ram went to Angus McTaggart of Nonning Pastoral for $5000. Both of the top priced rams were bred by Brendon Duncan of Glen Park who presented animals eagerly sought by commercial prime lamb breeders. Angus McTaggart, one of the largest breeders of Dorpers in Australia saw great merit in the top priced White Dorper ram, a large framed, full shedding animal with magnificent balance, which he snapped up for his breeding program.
A smart line of animals presented by Stephen Cresswell of Analara White Dorper Stud sold to $2600 following keen interest from Western Division pastoralists.
Running the sale in conjunction with the Bendigo Agricultural Show gave sellers the opportunity to enter their animals in the Dorper & White Dorper categories of the show. The Grand Champion White Dorper Ram was won by Bronte Mawson of Australis Stud from SA and subsequently bought by Danny Teskera of Roslynmead West Stud in the sale for $2400. Danny was the judge for the Dorper and White Dorper sections of the show and the ADWDA committee and all involved with the show wish to thank him for an excellent job.
The top priced ewe went for $1000 to Rosemount, Echuca and was bred by GP & MM Collins of Merribrook Stud, sold with a ewe lamb at foot.
Above: Quality Lineup of Sheep at the Impressive Bendigo Show Venue.
Above: Top Priced Dorper Ram exhibited by Glen Park Dorper Stud, Wentworth NSW. With the ram is Brad Edson (Left), Brendon Duncan - Glen Park Dorper Stud and Tom Edson holding the Ram.
Above: Top Priced White Dorper Ram exhibited by Glen Park Dorper Stud, Wentworth NSW. With the ram are Lachlan Collins (Left), Angus McTaggart Nonning Pastoral and Brendon Duncan - Glen Park Dorper Stud holding the Ram.
Above: The Grand Champion White Dorper Ram exhibited by Australis Stud from Nairne. With the ram is Judge Danny Teskera and Annabel Mangal. Danny subsequently purchased this animal for use in his own stud Roslynmead West.
Former ADWDA President Mr. Neil Gadsden
Former ADWDA President, Mr. Neil Gadsden, St Arnaud, sold a draft of Dorper ewes at Ballarat with the tops making $217 and the seconds $178.