munbilla dorpers are better for:
Breeding quality dorpers in the moist, warm conditions of the NSW north coast for more than a decade has delivered:
- Worm resistance - constant selection pressure for worm resistance. Sheep that do not have strong worm resistance simply do not thrive in the warm, moist conditions regardless of worm management strategies.
- Quality feet - hooves are softened by wet conditions. Any weakness in structure or conformation results in exaggerated hoof distortion and reduced mobility. Trimming feet to maintain mobility is not an option and is at odds with our commitment to breeding low maintenance sheep.
- Shedding - is equally critical, shearers are generally not available. Low care sheep must shed well. We have focused on sheep that shed back to a clean, short hair cover. This gives greater resistance to biting flys and midges, as well as sunburn, than woolier cover that fully shed.
- Fertility - we have limited land area but can produce feed during most parts of the year. Production of lambs per ewe per year is the fundamental driver of economics. Many of our ewes lamb at intervals little more than 6 months. These ewes produce more lambs and have allowed heavier selection pressure on fertility and the other important dorper traits.
- Type - we have introduced only the very best dorper genetics available and regularly utilized accredited dorper inspectors to maintain focus on the breed standard.