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Dorper Sheep

Overall satisfaction

3.5/5

Acquired: Farmyard / Feedstore adoption

Gender: Female

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

4/5

Tolerance for heat

5/5

Tolerance for cold

5/5

Meat production

5/5

Milk production

5/5

Fleece quality

N/A

Commercial value

4/5

Dorpers are real sheep, and they act like it too.

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Posted Sep 02, 2017

If you don't know the difference between hair and wool sheep, hair sheep are "closer" genetically to the original domesticated sheep. Humans had to selective breed sheep for wool production, so some traits changed. Since Dorpers are hair sheep, they are much more active and "rangy" than the Suffolks or other wool breeds. My sheep were able to slip under almost any fence, and would frequently seek the greenest pasture available, whether it was mine or not...
On the plus side, they lambed with NO difficulty, and the lambs were thrifty and grew to good size. They tasted pretty good too! I would build a flock from Dorpers, if I had better fences than I do now.

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