Posted Mar 31, 2015
I had never heard of Dorpers until I saw an online ad offering breeding stock. The images of the sheep caught my attention and I replied to the ad. I ended up purchasing 5 Dorper cross ewes, then later, a purebred ram.
Dorpers are the perfect sheep for us. They are hardy, tolerant of inclement weather, gain well on pasture, and don't need to be sheared. I appreciate the fact that that look like a sheep, but shed their fleece each year. The lambs are usually strong and nurse right away, even if it's very cold. The lambs sell very well at our local stockyards. I think the buyers have started to recognize that despite the Dorper's smaller than average size, they are purchasing a superior carcass.
We still have some crossbred ewes, but we are working towards being a 100% Dorper flock.