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#1094441 - 21/03/2012 19:56 Re: Meat sheep breed info(dorper/damara etc.) [Re: ant]
adon Offline
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Ant have you thought of using a knockdown herbicide through a weed wiper boom? I don't ave this stuff but by all accounts ot grows taller than the rest of the grass so wiping it with a knock down would knock it about I would have thought.

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#1095489 - 24/03/2012 22:56 Re: Meat sheep breed info(dorper/damara etc.) [Re: ant]
Goody Offline
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Hi ant !
My Dorper sheep are going just great at control of Fleabane....They are still eating the tops of every plant they can find so must like it. Wooohoo ! I am so pleased as my my neighbour who has Merinos says they do not eat it all that much ? :-) I am a happy chappy

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#1096060 - 27/03/2012 11:27 Re: Meat sheep breed info(dorper/damara etc.) [Re: Goody]
ant Offline
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I think you need a machine to use a weed wiper. I do have one of those stick-things (weed wand) for roundup, but I'm not sure if it'd be useable for acres!

you're right Adon, wiping would get them as they are tall-as. You'd have to do several runs over the weeks as the shorter ones wouldn't be got. SpraySeed would deal with them.

Something's been eating the tops off the little ones, I figure it's rabbits or hares, but then teh plant sprouts 5 or 6 new branches! Like Verbascum.

Horrible weed, it's depressing. Everyone's got it, apart from people with cows who seem to eat it. I need a cow.

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#1100918 - 23/04/2012 18:01 Re: Meat sheep breed info(dorper/damara etc.) [Re: ant]
adon Offline
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Ant weed wipers are sort of like boom sprays but instead of a line and nozzles, it has a wick like the weed want you were talking about. They use almost straight chemical so the tank is very small and this means you can tow them behind a ute. Although I have not built one I would say they would not be too difficult to knock one up from a spot sprayer and some spare parts.

Ok onto my question..... My ewes are most of the way through lambing ATM and they seem to be pretty relaxed about leaving their lambs sleeping and wandering off to graze. They seem to mother up again but if you drive around and find a new one, you have a little bugger running like crazy after the ute! I was under the impresson they were better mothers than mine are(maybe it is the damara in them that is not as good??). I am getting a few sets of triplets but a few have been lost to bloody foxes despite my efforts to shoot them. Seems that the foxes are going for the triplets, either that or the mothers sacrifice one for the good of the others.

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#1293310 - 24/12/2014 09:49 Re: Meat sheep breed info(dorper/damara etc.) [Re: adon]
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Just resurrecting this old thread and wondering if many others still have some Dorpers.

We have a dozen straight Dorper ewes that lambed at 115% this year.

After having owned/farmed fine and med. wool Merinos and 1st cross ewes the Dorpers are quite surprising in being so constitutionally tough. Grab most sheep by the nose from behind and lift up to seat them on their rump and it's all done in seconds, not quite so with Dorpers which will walk backwards on the hind legs as you try to sit them down. Strongest sheep I've handled !

Tougher than 1st X ewes, (Border Leicester/Merino) and will milk on for the lambs for longer.

While the maiden ewes usually have single lambs most of the old ewes have twins.

Killed the first of the lambs from this years lambing and looking at them thought they might dress maybe 16 / 18 kg.

The two better lambs hung up at 21kg which is pretty good off dry pasture and just 5 to 6 months old.

Son home for dinner last night, Mums lamb roast was outstanding and has earnt the Dorpers another tick for the breed.

An excellent small holding meat sheep, just make sure the fences are suitable.

How are others finding the Dorper breed of sheep ?
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#1293613 - 26/12/2014 16:50 Re: Meat sheep breed info(dorper/damara etc.) [Re: adon]
adon Offline
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I am selling all of mine in a week or so. The drought has hastened the Edison but a lack of succession planning is the main reason. They are bloody tough and will do well on stuff other breeds will starve on. But working with them in yards is bloody hard! Strongest, smartest sheep I have ever worked with. You cannot force your will on them like other sheep. You will get the job done but you will be stuffed after the day.

If I can get back I to agriculture again once we figure out where we are, I will be buying dorpers agin for sure.

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#1293651 - 26/12/2014 23:31 Re: Meat sheep breed info(dorper/damara etc.) [Re: adon]
samboz Offline
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Loc: Between Maffra & the Mountains...
Never truer words said adon, smart & strong & they mob up and face off at a strange dog or something that might threaten them.

I yard them up when changing paddocks, try to quieten them a bit, once they settle down in the yards they are better, when first in off their woolly heads..lol

Half of our ewes were 6 y.o. when I bought them and successfully lambed this year and did a great job on the lambs.

Mouths still good so we'll give them another year. What age did you run yrs to.

This time of yr it's no loss not having to chase fly strike also.

Hope the rain comes for you adon, we're doing OK in Gippsland for a change although compared to parts of West NSW / QLD we saw last year have we it easy here most of the time by comparison.
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