Dorper Sheep Sales

Frequently Asked Questions

Should dorper sheep shed their wool completely?

Many dorpers completely shed their fleece and look great - but other breeders prefer for some wool to remain, covering the sheep's back. This prevents sunburn in summer and keeps the sheep warm in winter.
Every breeder I know agrees that the dorper's confirmation is more important than its ability to shed completely.

Are there problems with worms in Dorper Sheep?

Dorper sheep are very suited to the dry semi-desert country up north like Broken Hill. Most times worms will not survive in this country so there is no need to drench these dorpers.
However, dorper sheep are also economically viable down south, we often have three to four sheep to the acre and drenching is definitely necessary. We always drench before lambing and at the start of summer - during the rest of the year if we suspect worms we take samples of their droppings to the local vet who does a faecal egg count.

Why are Dorper Sheep called "Easycare"?

With dorper sheep, there are no muelsing problems, no shearers or shearing shed needed, no wool lice, no fly strike, easy lambing, no crutching. Occasionally we have had exceptions like sheep that have been injured getting fly strike in the wound - but after running merinos - dorpers are a breeze.

At what age should Dorper ram lambs be weaned?

Dorper rams are very fertile and young ram lambs should be weaned as early as possible as they may mate with their mothers and other ewes at less than three months. At four months they may be put to work with a few ewes.

Do Dorper Sheep have many problems with their feet?

Up north no problems - down south try to avoid dense, lush pasture, especially spray topped cape weed. In spring we try to keep our dorpers in paddocks that have been grazed down, and today have very little problem with their feet.

Do you need good fences with Dorper Sheep?

Yes, you do need good fences; we use 7 line ringlock with a single strand of barbed wire between the ringlock and ground. This helps to stop kangaroos from burrowing under our fences, also your ram paddock should not adjoin any paddocks with ewes in them for several reasons – rams will jump fences and your neighbour will be rightly annoyed if he finds your dorper rams in amongst his ewes. Also if a flock of Dorper ewes is a kilometre or more from any rams - they will stop cycling - then when rams are put amongst them - they will tend to all start cycling together. We keep our ewes as far away as possible from any rams - ours or our neighbours - until we are ready to join them.