A fast growing, meat producing sheep breed that thrives in a variety of grazing conditions.
Dorpers are highly regarded as a prime lamb producing breed as they are fast maturing with the ability to produce a high-quality carcass with excellent conformation and fat distribution.
The breed was developed in the 1930’s in South Africa by cross breeding a Dorset Horn ram with Blackhead Persian ewes to develop a low maintenance yet fertile sheep-meat breed.
The Dorper was introduced to Australia in 1996 and has become one of the preferred breeds for lamb production in Australia due to their rapid weight gain and feed conversion attributes which produce high quality lamb carcasses.
Dorpers are natural shedders and they are attractive to local producers because shearing and mulesing requirements are minimal. They are non-selective grazers and adapt well to a range of Australian conditions.
Dorpers are also highly fertile, very maternal with excellent milk production that enable them to raise fast growing vigorous lambs. The lambs show good maturity at 4-6 months of age, ensuring tenderness and a superior flavour making for a great-tasting prime lamb.
“Farmers breed Dorpers for their production traits…
Consumers buy Dorper meat for a special taste sensation!”