Konongwootong Dorsets is operated by Alistair & Jessica Sutherland and family at Konongwootong, in the SW of Victoria. The stud has been built up to approximately 450 ewes, specializing in easy care, early maturing quality flock rams. Alistair and Jessica also run a commercial prime lamb enterprise and commercial beef herd.
Konongwootong is set amongst the rolling hills and table land country between Coleraine and Harrow. It is part of the Naracoorte Hamilton Region of the Poll Dorset Association. In most years, Konongwootong has a reliable rainfall and moderate climate. The soils are good rich red and black loams, ideally suited for the production of lucerne and rich pastures, necessary for quality prime lamb production.
At Konongwootong, our focus is to produce the type of terminal sire required to meet the many varied methods of producing and marketing prime lambs. An emphasis is placed on breeding rams with large eye muscle; length of carcass/length of loin with high growth rates. We aim at producing rams with balanced performance figures aw well as being structurally sound and clear of facial and leg wool. We believe it is important to breed sound robust, minimal care sheep that will adapt easily to any environment and perform successfully for the Prime Lamb Producer.
Alistair and Jessica are both very active in the Poll Dorset Association. Alistair at the Federal Council level and both at State and Regional level.
It has been the practise of Konongwootong Dorsets to exhibit their sheep at Agricultural Shows including Melbourne Royal, Sheepvention and local Shows. Due to Covid Restrictions these shows have been cancelled. The only place that our sheep can be seen is on site, at Konongwootong. We intend to host an on farm Open Day on Sunday 10th October 2021 prior to our Annual Ram Sale on Thursday 21st October 2021
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