Dorpers promise good future

DORPER sheep will need little introduction to the Queensland meat sheep producers who are preparing to gather on June 5 for a workshop at the UQ Gatton campus.

Now well established as the fastest growing sheep breed in Australia, with the largest membership of breeders and having survived more than its fair share of scepticism, Dorpers have more than lived up to the familiar adage ‘when the going gets tough the tough get going'.

In fact, lamb prices have never been higher, and meat sheep producers are facing the future with a new confidence.

Dorper-infused lambs are snapped up in the saleyards by butchers and feedlotters, whenever they appear as their reputation for early finishing and carcase quality has become firmly established.

The Dorper Sheep Society of Australia, Queensland Region, will host the free Dorper Sheep Field Day on Saturday morning, June 5, at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus.

The Dorper is the fastest growing sheep breed in Australia due to its easy care character and excellent meat quality, and it is becoming increasingly popular as a very suitable choice for small acreage properties.

Dorper Sheep will be on display from 9am and guest speakers will share their experience in the selection, management and health of Dorper sheep for small farms.

Successful studbreeders, Nick and Mel Pagett from Warialda in NSW, will explain the characteristics of the breed and what to look for when purchasing your breeding stock.

Dr Peter Lynch from the Pastoral Veterinary Centre at Goondiwindi, will speak on sheep health and reproduction.

Dr David McNeill from the University of Queensland will answer frequently asked questions and explain the nutritional needs of sheep on small acreage.

To register your attendance phone 4630 4489.

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