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A comparison of livestock enterprises including self replacing

The emergence of very large flocks of cleanskin sheep in pastoral Queensland and other states suggests private investors and former sheep people are convinced they are a viable option in environments that could be described as semi arid and best...

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Dorper dung DNA discoveries

THE quest to uncover what gives Dorpers the edge over Merinos in the expansive rangelands of NSW has seen Department of Primary Industry (DPI) staff extract plant DNA from sheep dung. DPI rangelands researcher Yohannes Alemseged said the DNA is...

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Kasteel Sale 2011


Ida Vale paid the sale's $2000 top White Dorper ram price for lot one, which contained a 96.5kg, September 2009-drop ram that had been used in the Kasteel stud.

Andrew Greenup said it could be the last opportunity to get these new...

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IDA VALE DORPER & WHITE DORPER STUDSwagin woolarama, supreme champion, dorper, white dorper, bronte gardner, tamesha gardner

The Ida Vale Dorper and White Dorper stud foundations were established in 1996 and 1998 respectively by the late Bronte Gardner, a pioneer of the breed in Australia and the inaugural president and life member of the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia (DSSA). Current stud principals Tamesha Gardner and Andrew Greenup have continued with Bronte’s objectives and have established themselves in the Australian Dorper industry and are maintaining the genetic direction of their stud to ensure they have commercially, productive sheep that meet producer and processor requirements. As well as being one of the best performing White Dorper/Dorper studs in Lambplan in Australia, Ida Vale continues to perform well at Woolarama,the main West Australian show.

Woolarama, supreme, black dorper sheep, easy care


The Dorper flock began with embryos selected from the SAABCO catalogue with genetics from various well known breeders from South Africa – Van de Merve, Dell, Cronje, Van Neikerk. To enhance these genetics we have imported 250 embryos directly from Ernest Connan in 1999. We have used rams from many Studs in Australia and also purchased rams that have no genetic linkages to the stud to ensure genetic diversity and to be able to maintain selection pressure. These include John Dell “Wildfire” 060197 genetics in 2006 (top priced Dorper ram in Dubbo 2006) and a ram from imported Mickey Phillips genetics in 2010.

 Champion White Dorper Wagin Woolarama easy care


The White Dorper stud foundations began with the importation of 400 embryos from Dries Wiese and Hennie Jacobs in 1998 and 1999. In 2000 and 2001 Ida Vale imported 200 frozen embryos from Floors Brand, encompassing Peet Cilliers and Synman genetics. This provided the stud with an immense genetic base to commence breeding. We have infused fully imported genetics by purchasing rams with genetics from Jordaan, Collett, Coen de Beer, and Kasteel.
We purchased the top priced White Dorper ram at Dubbo in 2006, a Castleragh ram 060035.


Both the Dorper and White Dorper studs are bred with a commercial focus, while maintaining breed standards. Tamesha and Andrew understand that the major profit drivers for a commercial Dorper enterprise is kg of lamb/hectare and this is driven by:

  • growth rates
  • carcase traits
  • reproductive rates

Hence these traits are used as selection criteria on the top ewes and rams in the stud with aid of Lambplan. The easycare attributes of the Dorper and White Dorper are constantly being improved at Ida Vale with a focus on:

  • ease of lambing
  • early shedding
  • soundness of feet (No animal has been hoofed trimmed at Ida Vale since 2005)