We are in the process of destocking and now have only 4 Dorper Rams and 2 working dogs, a male kelpie, female border collie as we now have no stock we would love for both to go to someone who can use their skills both are good paddock workers. After 4 years of low rainfall 30 months of hand feeding twice a day the last of our ewes were sold early January 2020
In 2019 the Bushfires raged for months in NSW we have another property in the Northern Rivers from August until January 7th 2020 we had fire alerts every day for active fires within 20 kilometres of either one or both our properties. In November 2019 John spent time on property protection and working with the RFS while I stayed home to feed the stock . In 2012 we had bushfire damage to our property everything was burnt except the house and sheds, we have experienced the devastation created by a bushfire.
On the 24th of January 2020 we finally had rain . The power had gone out at about 4 pm John had gone outside to feed the dogs and chickens while the rain was stopped, it was then a lightning strike hit close. It instantly started raining. I didn’t know where he was exactly I just knew he was out there, I stood at the door screaming for him not wanting to go out with the lightning so close. Luckily there was no grass or it would have taken longer to find him. He was laying face down not moving near the dog kennels about 50 metres from me I grabbed the phone an hit the emergency number, by the time I reached him he was bleeding from a head wound he started to move but was not aware of anything, either what had happened or where he was. The rain was coming down hard by then, lightning was flashing close, I was able to get him to his feet and slowly get him back to the house, while talking to the 000 person, an ambulance was on its way. The rain was very heavy 99mls that day and with no grass it ran, water everywhere causing local flash flooding. John was taken to hospital he had no feeling in his legs for a few hours, a subdural haematoma and required a few stitches for his head wound plus his cardiac enzymes were elevated he spent 2 days in ICU and endured a month of insane headaches. He’s feeling lucky to be alive and I’am grateful to have him fully recovered., but our attitude to life has definately changed. The stress of years of drought then the fires and the near death of the lightning strike all caused by natural events all life effecting events we have no control over. ……………………………………Climate Change is affecting lives
Now we have a Covid 19 pandemic. which so far has not really affected us personally to any great extent other than we cant see the grand children but facetime is better than nothing. Hopefully these times will make us realise what is really important family ,clean air , clean water, fresh food and good health
The Drought has continued here for another year. Dorper sheep do thrive in dry conditions but leading into summer with no rain forecast they will need some grass and water. Most of our breeding ewes have already been sold , and our cattle sold. We have been breeding Dorper for 14 years . All our breeding ewes were stud Type4 or Type5 . If your looking for quality young full-blood Dorper ewes or rams we have young stock available now . All the 2019 lambs were sired by “Barney” Amurala 144438 Type 4.
The limited water has led us to look at reducing our water use to grow our veggies, we have established a small aquaponic system using mostly stuff we already had available on the farm. The water is recirculated so the water only needs to be topped up when it evaporates and the small amount of water the plants use to grow.
Only using 1/10 the amount of water of conventional garden and the added bonus of the fresh fish. The system relies on fish to fertilise the plants and in turn the plants clean the water for the fish. It has been a learning experience but we are producing on a small scale and can pick something most days.
.. We have been breeding our Woodensprings Dorpers for over 10 years , We have always had our stock inspected by qualified Dorper inspectors and have only kept T4 & T5 stud graded ewes for our breeding flock. Our 2016 lambs have been sired by Whynot 140160 Neville T5 ram loaned from old Munbilla Dorpers Please call 0267687858 or email via contact page.
The year has started with some good rainfalls and we again have green paddocks just in time for our first lambs of 2015 . Jed’s first lambs started arriving yesterday with 4 sets of twins and 2 singles at 144 days from joining, lucky I had gotten the tags organised last week. I am sure we will have a busy time tagging/ weighing lambs in the next month. Dukes lambs are not expected until early February.
Our border Collie has also supplied us with nine puppies all now gone to new homes
We have Dorper Rams available for Sale.. Phone: 02 67687858
We have again had a busy year. With the continuing drought conditions we have decided to decreased our Stud Breeding flock base to 100 Full-blood Dorper ewes, which is sustainable for our property no matter what the conditions. We will remain committed to breeding quality. For a small stud we are proud we have sent sheep to all states in Australia and 2014 saw our first International export of sheep to China. All our 2013 T3 ewes are now gone. Some T4 Ewes available for sale. We were lucky enough to purchase Swamp Road 130720 at the National Dorper sale in Dubbo 2014. We have named him Duke and early October 2014 was joined to a selection of our dorper ewes. In 2014 Woodensprings 130001 Jed is also one of our Stud Sires.
We still have Commercial rams T3 and T4 Stud rams available for sale
WoodenSprings Dorper Stud have entered 26 Rams and 12 Ewes for the Elders Tamworth Stud & Commercial Dorper Sale on Saturday 13 th September 2014 Commercial Dorper Sale at TRLX proposed to commence at 11am. The Stud Dorper Sale at the Tamworth Showgrounds proposed to commence at 1pm. All our Dorpers have been inspected to breed Standard
We have at last had some rain, the grass is again growing but not enough put any water in
our dams, they all remain empty. It is amazing though what you can find on the ground when the grass disappears. I now have quite an impressive rock collection and have added quite a bit of old bits and pieces to the garbage. I now have time to update the web page again not spending all our days feeding stock and watering our young trees just to keep them alive.
We have a good selection of Rams available for sale all have been graded T4 and T3 . We also have Stony T5 for sale can be seen on sires page.