Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Oregon, United States
Posted Jul 24, 2014
This is a great breed for those who are new to keeping sheep. Widely available throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia, the Dorset Down is generally known for being an excellent terminal sire for producing meat lambs. What it is less known for is the lovely, medium-fine (24 - 30 microns) wool that it produces. In recent years, hand-spinners have begun to appreciate this breed for their wool, but the primary market is still in meat production.
As a breed, Dorset Down are polled and tend to be gray or black in the face. They mature quickly and are stocky and robust, despite being a medium-sized breed. Ewes produce strong lambs, with a typical lambing rate of 150 - 175%. The breed is well-tempered and lambs are hardy and healthy, with high weaning rates and good weight at weaning.