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Day broadcasts word on dorpers

PRIME LAMB PRODUCER: Darling Downs Dorper stud owner Garry Waters opened the gates of his Inglewood property Artunga for an annual field day last week.
PRIME LAMB PRODUCER: Darling Downs Dorper stud owner Garry Waters opened the gates of his Inglewood property Artunga for an annual field day last week. Toni Somes

WHEN former Wallaby player Chris "Buddha" Handy stepped up to speak at the Darling Downs Dorper field day on Friday his advice resonated with the crowd.

"Make your passion your profession," he said.

For the primary producers in the audience it was subtle approval for their decision to stick with agriculture.

The ex-rugby national was just one of a wide range of guest speakers at the annual dorper information day hosted by Garry Waters from Darling Downs Dorpers at Inglewood last Friday.

The line-up included established cattle producer David Bondfield speaking on genetic gain as well as Justin Kirkby from Amarula Dorpers at Moree.

Mr Kirkby and his wife Lorroi were some of the first Australians to import the South African dorpers and have enjoyed significant success in the industry.

Organiser Garry Waters said the day was less about showcasing his operation and more about explaining the breed's benefits and potential to other primary producers.

"This is the fourth or fifth time we have hosted the open day and it is really about providing information," Mr Waters said.

"I don't necessarily want it to be about what we are doing here at Artunga.

"Yet I would like to think we can be a central point where people can come for sound information from some of the best in the business."

For the personable prime lamb producer the highlight of this year's field day came after the guest speakers had finished.

"I had a dyed-in-the-wool wool grower come and tell me dorpers represented the way of the future," Mr Waters revealed.

"That always impresses me; when people who have been in agriculture for years are still open to new ideas, production changes and marketing opportunities."

For more detailed coverage of the dorper information day at Artunga see next Tuesday's Bush Tele.

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