The dream to establish a Dorper stud and a company in Australia able to import and export genetic material worldwide has come a long way. Leon van Niekerk and Jannie Koch were the initial planners in South Africa. In 2008 they teamed up with Kenoes and Cecile van Lill in Bourke, NSW to establish the company GLOBAL LIVESTOCK GENETICS (GLG) with its farming activity in Australia on the farm “Sonvanger” in Bourke. The main activity of the stud has moved to “Braodwater”, 17km outside of Narrabri, NSW in 2011.
GLG has strong links with the South African Dorper community. Leon, the director involved in genetic management, is working from Bloemfontein, South Africa, the home of the Dorper. Several well-known breeders are using the genetic material of the Dorsland Dorper stud, which is the main provider of genetic material to Global Livestock Genetics. Visit the GENETIC HISTORY section to obtain more specific information in this regard.
Leon van Niekerk
Owner of the Dorsland Dorper Stud in South Africa and involved in the industry for many years. At present, Leon is also part of Dorper Genetics, a South African closed corporation aiming at developing and exporting genetic material and live Dorpers into Africa. The project has flushed more than 2000 embryos the past 2 years and Ramsem has split the first Dorper embryos successfully in South Africa for this project. Leon has the cunning ability to match male and female genetic material from different sources to produce multiple award winning Dorpers. He is therefore the logical choice to be in charge of the genetics management of the company.
Kenoes and Cecile van Lill
Kenoes is a medical practitioner in Narrabri, NSW and Cecile acts as production manager of the company. They were the owners of the farm “Sonvanger”, about 30km south of Bourke and are currently farming on “Broadwater” near Narrabri, home to the stud “Global Dorpers”.
Mission and Values of the Company
The mission of GLOBAL LIVESTOCK GENETICS is to play a key role in the development of the Dorper breed worldwide by providing only the best available genetic material.
The company values:
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