2017 DORPER & WHITE DORPER RAM SALE

FRIDAY 15th SEP 2017

Our 2016 ram sale was a huge success (view details). To get notified about details of our 2017 sale, please add yourself to our email list.
 

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The Bellevue Story

Located near Millmerran on the western Darling Downs, Bellevue is a mixed agriculture enterprise owned by lifelong farmers David and Robbie Curtis. Traditionally, Bellevue grazed Merino wethers alongside summer and winter cropping rotations. Years of drought and poor wool returns took their toll though, and in 2005, the decision was made to sell the last of the Merinos.   Convinced that there was still a future in sheep, David and Robbie got started with Dorpers following the recommendation of a sheep buyer for a large export meatworks. In 2007 they jumped at the opportunity to form a joint venture with two highly respected Namibian breeders and now market their unique Namibian gene pool under the Bellevue prefix. The Curtises have a strong commitment to regenerative agriculture and are striving to produce a line of consistent, top-quality Dorpers.

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Superior Genetics

This line of Dorpers and White Dorpers has been bred according to the process of natural selection in an extreme environment. In the Kalahari Desert, rainfall averages five inches per year, grass is hard to come by, and temperatures regularly top 40 degrees Celsius.

Lambing rates of 120% are being achieved despite these harsh conditions, and lambs are being delivered to markets at an earlier age with bigger muscle cuts. The breed shows exceptional adaptability, hardiness, reproduction rates and growth. The important traits of fertility, mothering, functionality and early maturing are all inherent in the genetics imported.

WHYDORPERS?

Dorpers are the ultimate low-maintenance, high-yielding meat sheep. Because they have a short light covering of wool and hair that is shed in the warmer months, Dorpers have no need for mulesing, shearing, crutching or rarely fly strike treatment, yet they produce quality carcasses in a broad range of conditions.

Breeding Philosophy