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"People like Saltbush Dorpers at
Port Augusta are supplying meat
into Adelaide and the Australian
market in huge numbers.
"This isn't a 'fad' breed -- it's
already been commercialised."
Mr Bygott said shedding breeds
were a good alternative when wool
prices were down.
"You've got many more lambs hit-
ting the ground than you would
with some Merinos or Merino-cross-
es and you've got the return from a
greater number of lambs being taken
through to marking than you would
with those other breeds," he said.
"The potential is there for much
less hands-on activity with the sheep
-- no crutching and almost no shear-
ing -- so there is much less labour
input for probably around the same
income or even maybe more."
He said there was the opportunity
to mate Dorpers twice a year.
"If you look after your ewes really
well, you can mate them every eight
or nine months so you can actually
get two matings in a year.
"They'll handle one mating a year
"Hobby farmers through the
Adelaide Hills can buy these sheep
and get a small number of ewes, buy
a ram and chuck it in with them and
let it run with them the whole time."
With the sheep market coming
back from the dizzying highs experi-
enced this time last year, Mr Bygott
said Dorper breeders were being
realistic about their expectations for
"Although the indication from the
stud sales so far this year is that the
average price hasn't dropped an
awful lot, we want to get our sheep
out into the market.
"I can't speak for other vendors,
but I think I'm going to reduce my
reserves this year.
"I want to sell my sheep -- I want
to get them out there and I want
people to see what they're like."
Landmark Anderson & Fawcett
livestock manager David Schultz
said it was difficult to estimate how
many sheep would be in the com-
mercial sale, but expected numbers
to be up on last year.
He said he had been fielding
phone calls in late August from ven-
dors interested in yarding up to 30
"Last year, we had 10 or 12 ven-
dors but they might have only been
testing it out, so it could be an
opportunity for them to chuck a few
more sheep in," Mr Schultz said.
About 200 sheep were up for sale
last year. Prices reached $300 for
some ewe lambs, with vendors com-
ing from as far as Lameroo and
• Need to know more?
Hugh Bygott 08 8389 3432 or
Landmark Anderson & Fawcett 08
With the sheep market
coming back from the
experienced this time last
year, Dorper breeders are
being realistic about their
at Mt Pleasant
Arcadius hopes to extend appeal
CURRENCY Creek Dorper and White Dorper breeder Cathy Lee (pictured) will be selling 12
sheep in the stud sale at Mount Pleasant on October 13.
She sold the top-price ram last year at $1400 and is hoping this year's sale will go as well.
Her stud, Arcadius Dorpers and White Dorpers, runs 100 breeding ewes across 40 hectares
and agists on another 20ha.
While the Mount Pleasant sale is not her only selling avenue -- she sells at the National Show
and Sale in Dubbo, New South Wales and privately -- she hopes it will help boost the breed's
"We've only been doing it for one year, but hopefully as the sale is cemented as a yearly
event, it should help," she said.
"I'm hoping locals will see it as a sale to go to buy rams, especially when they know it is a
Cathy has six ewes in the commercial shedding ewe sale, but may have more depending on
how many she sells privately before that.
All enquiries welcome
Contact Angela Greenslade Veitch
Ph: (08) 8537 3288
STOCK FOR SALE
PARA WIRRA DORPERS
at Williamstown in the Adelaide Hills,
we are proud to offer quality Dorper Rams
and Ewes at the 2012 Dorper Sale at
Mt Pleasant on October 13th
-- see us there or ring 08-8389 3432
-- Hugh & Yvonne Bygott
Offering 2 Stud Rams and 20 Dorper Com Ewes (full bloods)
Mt Pleasant Central Region Dorper Sale
Commercial Rams and F2-F5 Ewes for private offer
Phone Norm 8766 7052 0408 859 386
OFFERING 3 RAMS & 4 EWES @ MT PLEASANT SALEYARDS -- 13 OCT
RAMS AND EWES AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE SALE ALL YEAR ROUND
ALL ENQUIRIES AND INSPECTIONS WELCOME
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