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Dorset Sheep

Overall satisfaction

3/5

Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Breeder,
Bred animal myself

Gender: Both

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

3/5

Tolerance for heat

4/5

Tolerance for cold

4/5

Meat production

5/5

Milk production

N/A

Fleece quality

2/5

Commercial value

5/5

Great meat breed

By

Australia

Posted Jul 09, 2016

Polled dorsets have become the major breed on our farm over the past decade. They are fast growing, produce a decent number of lambs, and are extremely hardy. Most crossbreds in Australia now have polled dorset blood, and they are one of the main breeds in the country.
They can be a little wild, and tend to get out a lot more than your typical merino would, but their productivity well and truly makes up for it. The rams of this breed can be huge. I have seen them so big that it took two people holding them down to be shorn. In saying this, it is worth noting that the fleece is terrible quality and is hardly worth selling.
Overall, polled dorsets are one of the best meat breeds I've come across during my farming life, and are well worth adding to your herd.

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