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Yields achieved by Annalara White Dorper Stud

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Annalara White Dorper Stud  functions from two properties, one in Dungary in central NSW and the other in Wilcannia in Western NSW. Annalara White Dorper Stud was earlier rearing Merinos but years of drought and decreasing lambing percentages forced it to focus on the White Dorper variety and low-fat meat production.

The induction of the White Dorper into its flock has enabled Annalara White Dorper Stud to register significant gains. This includes improved lambing percentages to nearly 160% in a single year. Annalara White Dorper Stud is now prepared to sell F1 ewes to other sheep breeders.

With 7,000 ewes in different stages of upgrading, the year 2005 was the first year when Annalara White Dorper Stud did not shear Merino. Instead, wool from the F1 sheep was auctioned. Though fleeces from the higher crosses were not used, the White Dorpers did better than all the other breeds.

Discarding the Merino flock has resulted in the eradication of fly control chemicals and has helped Annalara White Dorper Stud to gain organic accreditation. The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia has certified the organic status of Annalara White Dorper Stud. This certification has earned the Annalara White Dorper Stud meat a premium of up to 580c/ kg dressed meat in the local lamb market.

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