Dorper Information

Basic Breed Standards of the Dorper:

Dorpers should have good meaty and muscular bodies including the ewes. Ewes should indeed have strong bodies to care and produce strong meaty lambs! Dorpers should carry a thick head. Rams should have a round nose and big head. Ewes should be a little more dainty and all Dorpers should have a second smaller "eye" under the seeing eye. Don't worry if you see this on your Dorper sheep. It doesn't mean they are sick -- In fact it is VERY good for Dorpers to have this! It helps them keep cool during the summer. Dorpers should have a strong jaw and Dorpers should not be fat or under weight. The average weight for a mature Dorper ram is 230 pounds, and a mature ewe is a range between 180-210 lbs. Ewes should have a well developed udder with strong legs. Dorpers shouldn't have weak legs. Type is determined by the degree the sheep conforms to the Breed Standards. Dorpers are worth more when they have been registered. 

Ratings 

Very good 5
Above average 4
Average 3
Poor or below average 2
Very poor with cull points 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dorper Articles:

                     The Ups and Downs of Dorper Sheep Farming       

    The name Dorper comes from a cross between the Dorset Horn and the BlackheadPersian. The Dorper breed is one of the fastest growing breeds of sheep in the world and also happens to be a leader in the meat industry. According to the American Dorper Journal, “since 1997, Dorpers have taken the prizes at the national carcass competition”.

Always attempt to purchase good quality lambs, no matter if they are ewes or rams.  When the ewe does not perform in producing lambs for the first time, you have two choices. You can mark it as “not performed” the first breeding season on the ewe’s record and give her another chance, or you can sell her and have ewes you can rely on to produce lambs every breeding season.

As stated in the American Dorper Journal, “Please do not think your Dorper enterprise will make you wealthy overnight - it is, like any other enterprise, a long-term investment. On the other hand, with good management and sound planning, the Dorpers will certainly get you there in quick time and prove to be a very good and solid investment.” 

Last year, I purchased a few Dorpers and started my breeding business. Soon after that, I designed a “MG Dorper” logo along with my own website. I have also developed a Zoom class meeting to help educate other beginners along with discussing more advanced topics. My long-range plan is to compete with my Dorpers and become a well-known breeder and producer of top-quality lambs.

I plan on breeding and lambing year-round.  I had my first MG Dorper lambs born this February. The first-time mothers are very content and VERY protective of their lambs.  One ewe didn’t even like the barn cat near the lambs!! I am happy to say there were no problems lambing (at least for this year)!

Sheep farming is a bumpy ride with a lot of hard work and planning. It is not an easy job, but with the right tools, sheep, helpful family and friends, the sheep business is more rewarding that you can imagine! Dorpers are amazing animals and don’t need a lot of care, but it is good to give them attention every once in a while. Dorper sheep farmers have been very successful with these sheep. They produce lovely lambs and outstanding meat. They have certainly made a change in the world of sheep farming today.

 

 

                                           Dorper Sheep Farming

        Dorper sheep are leaders in the meat industry and are one of the best breeds of sheep in the world according to the American Dorper Journal.  “Since 1997, Dorpers have taken the prizes at the national carcass competition” and all good sheep farmers have to know how to care for this amazing breed known as Dorper sheep! Always attempt to purchase good quality lambs even if they are rams or ewes. When the ewe does not perform in producing lambs for the first time, you have two choices. You can mark it as “not performed” the first breeding season on the ewe’s record and give her another chance or sell her and have ewes you can rely on to produce lambs every breeding season. Always make sure your Dam (which means ewe mother) is well fed and not over-fed or else it will not perform well in lambing groups. Also make sure you check the ewes before letting them in with the rams to ensure they are in good health and feel their udder to make sure it does not have lumps or else she may not feed her lambs. When you wean lambs off the mother, you need to do it in at least 90 to 100 days after birth. If not, they will stay on milk and won’t be a good market lamb or will injure the ewe and will not become a productive lamb.

“Please do not think your Dorper enterprise will make you wealthy overnight - it is, like any other enterprise, a long-term investment. On the other hand, with good management and sound planning the Dorpers will certainly get you there in quick time and prove to be a very good and solid investment.”  Dorpers are amazing animals and don’t need a lot of care but it is good to give them attention every once in a while. Dorper sheep farmers have been very successful in farming with Dorper sheep. They produce lovely lambs and outstanding meat. They have certainly made a change in the world of sheep farming today.