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Private selection of quality stud stock by appointment.


Hear Alan Savory talk about grazing, climate change and his philosophy of holistic management here. This TED recording is current, being recorded in February, 2013.

Sheep Farming

One of the earliest animals to be domesticated for agricultural purposes, sheep are raised for fleece, meat and milk. A sheep's wool is the most widely used animal fiber, and is usually harvested by shearing.

Ovine meat is called lamb when from younger animals and mutton when from older ones. Sheep continue to be important for wool and meat today, and are also occasionally raised for pelts, or as dairy animals. The domestic sheep is a multi-purpose animal, and the more than 200 breeds now in existence were created to serve these diverse purposes.

Sheep husbandry is practised throughout the worls and has been fundamental to many civilisations.

The type of wool categorises breeds. Fine wool breeds are those that have wool of great crimp and density, which are preferred for textiles. Most of these were derived from Merino sheep, and the breed continues to dominate the world sheep industry. A minor class of sheep is the dairy breeds. Dual-purpose breeds that may primarily be meat or wool sheep are often used secondarily as milking animals, but there are a few breeds that are predominantly used for milking. These sheep do produce a higher quantity of milk , have larger numbers of lambs per season and have slightly longer lactation curves. In the quality of their milk, fat and protein content percentages of dairy sheep vary from non-dairy breeds but lactose content does not.

A last group of sheep breeds is fur or hair sheep, which do not grow wool at all. Hair sheep are similar to the early domesticated sheep kept before woolly breeds were developed, and are raised for meat and pelts. Some modern breeds of hair sheep, such as the Dorper, result from crosses between wool and hair breeds. For meat and hide producers, hair sheep are cheaper to keep, as they do not need shearing. Hair sheep are also more resistant to parasites and cope well in hot weather.

We raise Dorper sheep for meat. They are hardy, fertile, fast-growing meat sheep, originally bred in South Africa and now being bred in Australia for Australian conditions.

Full blood registered Dorper stud rams and ewes are available direct from the property. All full blood animals sold are presented unshorn so clients can fully asses the fleece shedding ability of the stock.

Our current ram ‘Piri’ is progeny sired by ‘Big Al’ Supreme Champion Exhibit at the National Dorper Championships in Dubbo in May 2007.

Dorper meat is lean and of unsurpassed quality and flavour. Dorper are fast to mature and flourish on a natural diet, with lots of fresh air and room to roam. 

We also have a small flock of East Freisian sheep- for milk production.