Integral for small operators

Dorper sale integral for small operators

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Giving smaller operators somewhere to showcase their stock is just one of the benefits to the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia's Eastern Regions Dorper sale.

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Tuckeroo 170133, a September drop, 87 kilogram ram secured the top price of $4500 at last year's DSSA Eastern Regions Dorper Sale.

Tuckeroo 170133, a September drop, 87 kilogram ram secured the top price of $4500 at last year's DSSA Eastern Regions Dorper Sale.

Giving smaller operators somewhere to showcase their stock is just one of the benefits to the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia's Eastern Regions Dorper sale.

To be held at the Dubbo Showground on February 27 and 28, the sale draws vendors and buyers from throughout the state.

More than 70 rams have been listed, with vendors from the Central West, Far West, and northern NSW all offering animals.

In the past some vendors from Western Australia have sold animals at the sale.

DSSA Eastern Regions president, Diana Stewart, said buyers at the sale would only get good animals.

"Anyone buying a ram through our sale will know they are getting a physically sound animal," she said.

"The rams will be penned and classed from 2pm on February 27, which will be live streamed on our Facebook page.

"Stud quality animals will be classed four or five, while commercial quality will be classed three.

"Through the ring, the animals will assessed by three inspectors.

"They will checked that they are fit for sale, vet checked and teeth checked.

"Only good quality rams will be sold."

The sale starts at 11am on February 28 and will be livestreamed on AuctionPlus.

Landmark Dubbo will conduct the sale which Ms Stewart said was vital for small operations.

"The sale is very important for small operations," she said.

"It gives them an opportunity to sell stock in a recognised area which they may not get otherwise.

"For example, Delroy College in Dubbo is selling some stock and it would be impossible for them to do it elsewhere.

"The sale is also great exposure for them.

"Larger vendors use the sale to showcase their best stock."

The Eastern Regions committee has decided not to hold their annual championships this year.

"Due to the drought and fires, we decided it wasn't a good idea to hold the championships," Ms Stewart said.

"Many operators have de-stocked as well as not wanting to spend the time and money it takes to get animals show ready. It made sense not to hold it."

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