Dor­per so­ci­ety hosts sixth an­nual show

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - The Australian Sheep & Wool Show 2014 -

THE South­ern Re­gion of the Dor­per Sheep So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia (DSSA) is hold­ing its sixth an­nual show and sale in con­junc­tion with this year’s Aus­tralian Sheep & Wool show in Bendigo.

The DSSA is ex­pect­ing about 300 en­tries to be judged in the ring at the Prince of Wales Show­grounds, with a fur­ther 90 sale an­i­mals to be sold by auc­tion.

The Dor­per breed is one of Aus­tralia’s fastest grow­ing sheep breeds.

Its rapid in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity is due to the sheep’s po­ten­tial to adapt to the many vary­ing cli­mates and graz­ing con­di­tions that Aus­tralia has to of­fer.

The breed was in­tro­duced into Aus­tralia in 1996 and has proven its abil­ity to be de­vel­oped for do­mes­tic and ex­port meat mar­kets.

White Dor­pers and Dor­pers are now com­monly seen graz­ing the pad­docks through­out many ar­eas of Aus­tralia, driven by its abil­ity to in­ject greater prof­itabil­ity into the farm­ing en­ter­prise.

Dor­pers were specif­i­cally bred to pro­duce a high-qual­ity car­cass un­der ex­ten­sive con­di­tions, thus have the rep­u­ta­tion of rapid weight gain, ex­cel­lent car­cass con­for­ma­tion and fan­tas­tic fat dis­tri­bu­tion.

This was proven at the 2014 Dubbo Show all breeds Prime Lamb com­pe­ti­tion, where the Dor­pers achieved nine of the 12 high­est point scor­ing car­cases, as well as over­all Grand Cham­pion in the Hoof and Hook com­pe­ti­tion.

The Dor­per’s suc­cess and grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity is a tes­ta­ment of its abil­ity to meet and ser­vice the needs of both pro­duc­ers and con­sumers.

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