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Yass River Road
YASS NSW 2582
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Dorper Sheep

The Dorper is internationally recognised as the fastest growing small ruminant in the world. Whilst this breed of sheep has impressive growth attributes, its fantastic tenderness and unsurpassed eating quality is most relevant from a consumer’s point of view.

The breed was developed in South Africa in the 1930's to produce a high quality carcass under harsh sub-Saharan conditions. The Blackhead Persian was selected for its non-selective grazing, coat shedding, hardiness and good mothering abilities. The Dorset Horn was selected for its rapid growth rates and carcass attributes.

Together they produced the Dorper- a fixed breed type, giving a reliable reproduction of features and characteristics and was introduced into Australia in 1996. The animal is barrel shaped with short, dullish black or white hair on the head. A short, loose light covering of hair and wool (wool predominating on the forequarter) with a natural clean kemp underline, is a typical breed standard. An even distribution of a thin layer of fat compliments the breed.

The Dorper are an economical breed, sheding its fleece saving costs associated with handling and avoiding the need for mustering for shearing, crutching and fly control. Dorpers can adapt to most grazing conditions. Purebred lambs will start to graze in the first few days after birth. F1 lambs after about two weeks.

The ability to manage solely on pasture without supplemantay feed varies with breed, but Dorper sheep not only survive they thrive. They grow rapidly and can attain a high weaning weight.

The Dorper can breed continually, with no defined season. Their breeding intervals can be as short as 8 months or 3 times in 2 years. Running rams with ewes continuously is one option that may stimulate reproduction; however, it is also likely that ewes will adjust their fertility according to conditions.

Full blood registered stud rams and ewes are available direct from the property. Quatre Saisons offers private selection of quality stud stock by appointment. All full blood animals sold are presented unshorn so clients can fully asses the fleece shedding ability of the stock. Our current ram ‘Piri’ is progeny sired by ‘Big Al’ Supreme Champion Exhibit at the National Dorper Championships in Dubbo in May 2007.

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Start your own Dorper flock

Our approach to traditional animal husbandry and a very limited stud breeding program supports the health of our country and provides the highest breed standard we can achieve. We have sourced top bloodlines to ensure our genetic lines are world class. This is reflected in the quality and resilience of our stock. Private selection of quality stud stock by appointment. Contact us for more information. Full blood registered stud rams and ewes are available direct from the property. All full blood animals sold are presented unshorn so clients can fully asses the fleece shedding ability of the stock.