Bred animal myself
Posted Nov 15, 2015
As of right now, I own 9 sheep; six two-year-olds taken off the hands of someone who could no longer be bothered, two from a farmer friend that are between six and eight years old, and an 11 month old offspring of the former two. We currently have 7 (hopefully) pregnant sheep, and are looking forward to growing our flock. Dorper sheep are really good at two things: eating forage and turning that forage into delicious lamb. They are "hair" sheep, meaning that their coat is effectively worthless, as it continually sloughs off in chunks and is uneven in texture and color. We have never tried milking them, so I can make no comment on that front. Last year, they bore 6 lambs, only one of which survived the flooding in central Texas, unfortunately. We have butchered a few sheep as lamb, and their meat is incredibly rich and flavorful, and we commanded $20 per pound for chops, and $14 for ground (though they are organic and forage raised, so that pushes the value up substantially). They are somewhat skittish, but certainly not aggressive, and they tolerate heat exceptionally well, due to their thin coat. I would certainly recommend them to those considering raising sheep for meat.