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The Australasian Dorset Championships have embraced a new format this year, with lots to be offered solely online via AuctionsPlus.

The annual event usually coincides with a show at the Bendigo Showgrounds, which has been cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions, but the sale will go ahead on Saturday September 5. The Sale is anticipated to be one of the premier, multiple breeder Dorset ram sales of 2020 and represents an ideal opportunity for vendors to reach buyers of quality rams from all corners of Australia.

The auction has been scheduled to commence shortly after the completion of the 2020 NSW Dorset Championships which is being held at the Cowra Showgrounds on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September 2020.

AuctionPlus are hosting the auction and the format will be simultaneous (Helmsman) to provide all lots with an equal opportunity to achieve a result. Rams will be listed in A-Z Stud order. Please note all new registered AuctionPlus buyers are required to complete Buyer Induction Training prior to bidding and is recommended that all intending bidders have completed their registration and training 24 hours prior to the auction.

There are currently 54 entries - 52 rams and 2 ewes from 26 different stud prefixes across four states as follows; 16 from Victoria, 15 from Tasmania; 19 from NSW; and 4 from South Australia. 50 per cent of entries have not previously entered the Australasian.

All vendors are registered Dorset breeders, with three rams to be offered per stud, and vendors can supply the following information for potential bidders.

  • Four photos of the ram - front, back and both side views;
  • A high quality video up to 2 minutes in length (recommended to be between 30-60 seconds long)
  • Ip to fifty words description/comments of the ram - for example characteristics, pedigree, breed growth and yield)
  • Scan and/or Lambplan Data

Australasian Dorset Championships Committee Chair Robert Grieve said making the move to cancel the physical event because of Covid-19 turned out to be a wise move, and support for the online format had been strong.

“We were hoping to get 45 plus (lots), which we have done and it is great to see so many new studs offering rams, giving them an opportunity to offer lots for the first time - we will definitely keep that in mind for future events,” Robert said. “Best of luck to all entrants in the sale for a good result, and let’s hope the season keeps shining on us and the rain continues.”

You can access the AuctionsPlus catalogue HERE.

An online version of the catalogue can be accessed HERE.

For further information on the sale please contact Ian Furze, Secretary, Australasian Dorset Championships either via phone 03 5444 4646 or email

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