Tweed farmer breeding exotic dorper sheep at Limpinwood
SCOTT Antcliff and partner Amanda Wollam breed exotic dorper sheep at Tuckeroo Stud in the Limpinwood Valley and believe in a holistic approach to farm management.
The sheep are adapted to tropical conditions and are tame, following their owners around at every opportunity.
What the couple had planned to be a quiet rural lifestyle with six South African dorper sheep has now become a flock of 230 over six years, which is recognised as a successful stud breeding business.
They also run stud murray grey cattle and supply farmgate meat products to the local markets.
Last week they won reserve champion ewe at the Toowoomba Royal Show.
Tuckeroo Stud is a 49-hectare property with 1.5km of creek front.
Amanda has lifelong experience in animal husbandry and business management.
Together they bring a holistic and hands on experience for the best sustainable outcomes for the land and stock.
"Our farm utilises rotational grazing ensuring that 100% ground covers are maintained yearly, soil compaction is minimised, and because we rotate stock there's always plenty of feed. The beef and lamb products are produced with natural fodder and grain from local sources," Scott said.
Asked why they didn't choose Australian sheep, Scott said, "Before we got the dorpers we did a lot of research and chose the dorper breed from South Africa because it's bred to adapt to any climatic condition.
"They are hardy, particularly in drought conditions, don't require mulesing or shearing, and dorpers have a high meat yield and high fertility."
"This is intelligent farming. Combining best farming practices with concern for the environment is encouraging and proves that understanding and working with the environment can be profitable, very rewarding and does work."