DUDAUMAN PARK BOER GOATS
Breeding Meat Goats Since 1998
Dudauman Park bucks and does are bred selectively, raised hardy and assessed fully to help commercial producers to turn off more kilos, improve kidding numbers and reduce worm burdens.
We have been breeding goats for commercial meat production since 1998, and using visual and numerical data to control the development of our animals since the mid-2000s. As a result, they have exceptionally high and scientifically established production capabilities. The priority is on improving carcass (growth rates, muscling), reproduction (number of kids) and worm resistance. We offer different types of bucks and does as seed-stock to fit the purpose of most meat goat enterprises, out of the paddock and at our annual sale.
The Dudauman Herd
The Dudauman Park Boer Goat herd consists of several hundred purebred and fullblood bucks, does and kids. is located at East Bland Station, Quandialla via West Wyalong, in Central NSW, and is owned and managed by a family partnership of Colin and Rob Ramsay. It is a commercial seed-stock herd supplying breeding stock and genetics to goat breeders in Australia and worldwide.
The Dudauman Park Boer goat herd’s purpose, from start-up in 1998, has been to
produce meat and seed-stock for meat production. The herd was initially
assembled through the late 1990’s from the Terraweena stable and established at Dudauman Park, Cootamundra, in the NSW Riverina, in 1998. A stud herd was established and a commercial herd of about 3000 rangeland does was crossed up and selected
over the following years, initially using registered full-blood bucks from
Terraweena. From the early 2000’s, bucks were bred in-house using seed-stock from Highveld, Farmworld and Davel. The genetic spread was expanded
in about 2005 with the acquisition of rangeland, cross-bred and purebred does from all over NSW, and the flock was then closed.
After a brief and successful period of showing animals from 2005 to 2008,
Dudauman Park withdrew from the show arena and switched to assessing
animals in the Kidplan system, along with visual classing. In 2013 we managed
a sire evaluation trial for MLA, introducing new bloodlines, notably from Tambookie and Cadenza. In 2015 the herd was moved to Quandialla, near West Wyalong in central NSW, and focussed on seed-stock production. In 2017, finding that production performance of our purebred animals was far better than the full-bloods, we started using purebred
sires and, in 2018, conducted an ET program using purebred sires and dams. This has led to continued improvement in the production performance of the seed-stock we offer, as this chart of the trend in turn-off weights illustrates :
The most important accolade for Dudauman Boers is a goat producer who returns to purchase more of our bucks or does for commercial purposes. Before withdrawing from showing, Dudauman Boers was successful at major shows in 2008, 2009 and 2010, including being the most successful exhibitor at the NSW State Championship. We have conducted numerous AI and ET programs. We have managed numerous exports of live animals and contributed to many more – Dudauman goats and genetics are in several countries in Asia, the Middle East, and UK. We managed a national Buck Evaluation Trial sponsored by MLA and Sheep Genetics, and take the lead in introducing Kidplan to the Australian goat industry.
Our purpose is to provide commercially productive seed-stock to goat meat producers. Dudauman Park’s goat breeding is directed at turning off the best possible fit-for-purpose meat production goats. To these ends, we select and breed on the basis of both visual/structural traits (visually assessed) and genetic traits (as estimated by the Kidplan system). Structural, carcass and reproductive traits are always top priority. Worm resistance is important for some regions but not others; colour and adherence to breed standard are secondary priorities; full-blood, purebred or percentage breed content is important in some operations. To meet these objectives, we breed with the purebred, full-blood, percentage or composite animals that deliver the best production genetics. Our husbandry is as close to commercial arrangements as we can achieve while collecting the data required for selection.
We pursue these objectives by unassisted paddock kidding, rigorous classing and culling, progeny testing and continuous genetic improvement under Kidplan testing.
Colin & Rob Ramsay, the owners of Dudauman Park, operate white dorper and goat herds at Quandialla near West Wyalong, in central NSW. It is flat clay country averaging about 400 mm of rain per year but climate is highly variable with very hot dry summers and cold wet winters. There is typically good grass pasture (but very little browse) in Spring and Autumn, but forage volume diminishes dramatically in Summer and Winter. Animals must be capable of recovering rapidly from periods of poor nutrition and remaining productive.
The Dudauman stud herd was originally based on Terraweena animals and the commercial doe herd was based originally on feral does from the NSW rangelands, mated to “old Terraweena” bucks. After experimenting with bucks from Davel, Highveld, Farmworld and Tindarra, the stud and commercial herds were closed for several years to improve production and structural characteristics under the Kidplan system. Our most important foundation bloodlines emerged from ‘wild card’ does of unknown parentage introduced at that time. Further genetic development came from the MLA-sponsored Buck Evaluation Trial which provided a crop of progeny-tested young does and bucks from top sires of Cadenza, Davel, Kurrajong, MacGregors, Terraweena, Amani, Winfield and Tambookie studs, and then from Jimboer and Currabunga. Since then, genetic development has been internal, guided by Kidplan and Matesel.
Our purpose is to supply highly productive seed-stock and genetics to breeders with commercial goals. The objective is a compact, medium-framed goat which is physically robust and self-supporting in a wide range of harsh conditions. The does must wean strong, robust kids (averaging twins). The bucks must produce kids that are hardened to commercial environments, survive and grow rapidly and produce a good carcass at 9-15 months of age.