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OWING on from the
ess of last year's inau-
l event, the Central
le will return to Mount
on Saturday, October
90 full-blood Dorpers
ected to go under the
er in the stud sale,
will follow the com-
shedding ewe sale at
ount Pleasant saleyards
ucted by Landmark
son & Fawcett.
year's sale saw between
300 people turn up on
with 52 registering as
was there that the top-
per ram made $1400,
Cathy Lee at Arcadius
and White Dorpers,
The 25 rams sold averaged
Stud ewes, particularly those of
the black face variety, sold very
well to $800, with the total of 27
sold averaging $647.
Sale coordinator Hugh Bygott
said it was difficult to put a num-
ber on buyers because last year's
figures could go either way this
"I think there was a lot of peo-
ple who just came for a look last
year," he said.
"One suspects we might get
those people who were just look-
ing last year to buy this year, but
we may also see a drop in num-
bers as they might not be inter-
ested after last year's sale.
"It's almost impossible to say
what numbers will be like, but
we're going to go through the
same advertising campaign as last
Mr Bygott said the sale date
coincided with the Mount
Pleasant Farmers' Market -- which
attracts between 500 and 1000
people every week -- and could
work in their favour.
"As we're starting to get into the
warmer weather, those numbers
should be at the upper end," he
"So we're going to have all
those people, which could poten-
tially be a large number of local
landholders, right next door to
our auction area."
With the advent of more and
more hobby farmers around the
Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu
Peninsula and Barossa Valley, the
popularity of shedding sheep
breeds has increased.
Mr Bygott said the reason the
idea for a sale was floated was
because Dorper studs around
those areas needed an outlet to
sell their full-blood sheep.
Information days about the
breed, held at Mount Pleasant,
generated huge interest and
organisers decided to use the
Last year, both the commercial
shedding ewe and full-blood ewe
sales were held at the saleyards
but this year, the commercial sale
will be held at the saleyards while
the stud auction will be at the
showgrounds close by.
Mr Bygott said it was a good
opportunity for hobby farmers to
buy small numbers of sheep.
"You can't go to Dublin to buy
a small line and it's hard to do the
same at Mount Pleasant and
Murray Bridge, so this is a rare
opportunity," he said.
He said the Dorpers' popularity
goes beyond the hobby farmer
"If you look at areas such as
Wentworth, the number of
Dorpers is just huge," he said.
Coincides with Mt Pleasant
Warmer weather lifts hopes
Big chance for hobby farmers
ANGUS Valley Dorper breeder Cate Hunt (pictured) says demand for
Dorpers has been "crazy" this year.
Cate runs Updales Dorpers with husband Graham and is selling two
rams and two ewes in the stud sale at Mount Pleasant next month.
She says the two rams they are selling have been running in their com-
mercial flock of 150 ewes as the stud has a policy that it will not sell any-
thing not good enough for it to use.
"This year, demand has been crazy, so these are our last animals we are
able to sell," she said.
"There is a demand out there for quality Dorpers, as there have been a
few people that have been stung by buying average Dorpers.
"We are starting to get a reputation because we have been flying a
breed inspector out from South Africa for the last four years to inspect the
sheep by the international breed standards, so buyers know they are get-
ting a genuine stud animal."
Cate says since they started doing that, the quality in their offspring has
gone "through the roof".
"By doing that, we are able to highlight above-average ewes and now
we have a whole flock of above-average animals," she said.
She says the Mount Pleasant sale is an outlet for breeders not big
enough to have an on-property sale every year so they can all showcase
their stock and still have a sale without having little ones scattered every-
"There are only a couple of studs in South Australia that are big enough
to manage their own sale every year," she said.
"This sale gives buyers the opportunity to look at lots of different genet-
ics from lots of different animals all in the one place."
Big outlet for
Dorper & White Dorper
in South Australia Oct 13th
The Dorper Sheep Society of
Australia, Central Region
Members, will offer Fullblood
Dorper & White Dorper Rams
and Ewes at the Mt Pleasant
Showgrounds in the Adelaide
Hills, following the Landmark
Dorper and shedding Ewe sale
which commences at
Please Note: Number System
will apply and Strictly net cash
or cheque on Sale day.
For Commercial Dorper &
shedding breed Ewe sale
details & entries ring
David Schultz (Landmark)
0408 816 943.
Brad & Tanya Edson
08 8756 5067 • 0428 565 067
Charlie & Pat Edson
08 8575 8067 • 0427 758 067
THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 1 O'CLOCK
CLASSED STUD RAMS • FLOCK RAMS • STUD EWES
150 SALE RAMS • 17 STUD EWES • 150 TYPE 3 EWES
INTERFACED WITH AUCTIONSPLUS INSPECTION FROM 10.00AM
0427 817 323
0428 838 285
White Dorpers Springton,
Offering for Sale at Mount Pleasant
In Stud Sale:
• Rams inc. 2 Type 4 Cleanskin rams.
• Ewes inc. 3 Type 5, two with lambs
In commercial ewe sale (saleyards):
• 7 2011 spring drop type 3 and 4
ewes, Mixed age type 3 and 4 ewes,
lambs at foot.
All sheep Registered with
0409 164 809
• HIGH fertility • LOW maintenance
• NO shearing or other gimmicks required!
As long term Dorper owners & breeders
We are happy to help answer any queries
you have about the breed.
Offering 2 rams & 2 ewes
at Mount Pleasant
October 13th 2012
Updales Dorper Stud
Cate & Graham Hunt
8569 6069 or 0407 461 174
"Central Region members welcome you to
our 2nd Annual combined vendors sale --
Mt Pleasant Showgrounds,
Saturday October 13th 2012.
For breed enquiries check out
or contact local representatives:
President, Tanya Edson 8756 5067 or
Secretary, Cate Hunt 8569 6069 or
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