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About Dorper Sheep

sheepThe Dorper breed was developed out of necessity. During the early 1930's, South African farmers exported a surplus of mutton and lamb, from the fat tailed indigenous breeds, to London's prestigious Smithfield Market. The carcasses were rejected because the European consumers were accustomed to the high quality New Zealand Canterbury lamb.

The South African Meat Board took on the challenge of producing a meat sheep breed that would produce a higher quality carcass and yet, thrive under arid to semi-arid conditions. A breeding project was finalized in 1946 and the Dorper earned a prominent place in the history of South African agriculture. In 1950, the South African Dorper Breeders' Association was formed.

According to Dr. Q. Campbell in his book "Making Money with Mutton Sheep", "One of the most successful crosses of exotic rams bred to adapted ewes proved to be the Dorset Horn X the Blackhead Persian".

The Blackhead Persian sheep, a hardy, fat-tailed desert breed from Arabia, brings to the Dorper its hardiness, thriftiness, adaptability, pigmentation and hair covering. It also brings remarkable fertility, with the ability to breed every eight months and to produce a high number of twins. In addition, the Persians have very valuable skins used in the production of fine leather products. The Dorset Horn rams crossed with Blackhead Persian ewes produced fast growing and heavily muscled lambs yielding very satisfactory economic returns under a variety of environmental conditions. The Dorper ewes from this cross were excellent mothers that could be bred in any season.

In the early 1950's, a controversy arose concerning black markings vs. a pure white sheep. Some breeders preferred a white sheep, called the Dorsian, while others chose to select for confirmation rather than color and use the black markings as their trademark. In 1964, the controversy was settled when the blackhead and white Dorper breeders united into one association calling the black head sheep Dorpers and with the unmarked being called White Dorpers.

The modern day Dorper is numerically the second largest breed in South Africa with over 10 million head (over 1/3 of the total number of sheep). In recent years, the Dorper has become popular in the Middle East, China, Canada, Australia, South America, Mexico and the United States, where it is among the fastest growing breeds.

Follow this link to read more about Dorper Breed Standards.

ADSBS Dorper Judges

** Denotes Previous Judging Experience

**Phillip Allen
40 Dairy Farm Rd.
Gordon, TX 76453
pallen@gordonisd.net
254-693-5917
Fernandao Fernandez
304 Bolner Ln
Del Rio, TX 78840
52-81-8363-1183
**Bryan Bernhard
4404 B 29th St.
Lubbock, TX 79416
bryan.bernhard@ttu.edu
830-305-3739
Darroll Grant
10123 Friendly Acres Rd.
Aumsville, OR 97325
gdigrant@countrycablevision.net
503-749-1863
**Terry Burks
131 Pine Bluff Ct.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
dynasty@accessky.net
270-901-0053
Philip Glass
PO Box 218
Water Valley, TX 76958
dorper@dorper.net
325-655-5318
**Eric Bruns
1000 W Powell Rd.
Powell, OH 43065
riverwood_farms@msn.com
614-403-1436
**Tim Hall
HCR 68 Box 80
Dalmatia, PA 17071
570-758-8542
**Mark Chapman
5908 Sigler Rd.
South Rockwood, MI 48179
chapmansheep@hotmail.com
734-236-4259
**Leslie Harris
5350 Hwy 183 S
Breckenridge TX 76424
lesharris@breck.esc14.net
254-246-5427
**Frank Craddock
7887 US Hwy 87 N
San Angelo, TX 76901
b-craddock@tamu.edu
325-469-3727
**Kurt Henry
14108 CR 2214
Fluvanna, TX 79517
waylocattle@yahoo.com
806-647-8182
**Chance Neff
945 Buffalo Ln
San Angelo, TX 76901
chance.neff@ttu.edu
325-656-9801
**Mike Stitzlein
797 CR 1754
Ashland, OH 44804
419-289-9520
**Wes Patton
6352 CR 27
Orland, CA 95963
wespatton@glennlandfarm.com
530-655-5318
Mike Sudderth
1008 Buckeye Rd.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
sudderth@beecreek.net
830-990-8486
Johnny Powell
Box 124
Eldorado, TX 76936
powellholman@yahoo.com
325-853-2319
**Charles Turner
119 W Travis
Dublin, TX 76446
turnerlivestock@wildblue.net
254-977-2444
**Warren Cude
PO Box 1686
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
3cranch@bigbend.net
432-290-0540
**Travis Hoffman-CO State Univ.
6750 Colony Hill Ln
Fort Collins, CO 80525
twh@lamar.colostate.edu
970-491-2333
**Juan Jose Salas
Condor 47 Arboledas
Atizapan Edo. De Mex 52950
salaslotfe@yahoo.com
52-55-5379-3778
**Eddie Holland
743 CR 217
Bluffton, TX 78607
eholland@ctesc.net
325-423-0030
**Marvin Ensor
238 Blackbear Ln,
San Angelo, TX 76901
m-ensor@tamu.edu
325-653-4576
Antonio Juarez
11800 McCann Rd.
Amity, OR 97101
juarezlemus@aol.com
971-237-3603
**Brian Faris
9700 Roberts Run Rd.
Westmoreland, KS 66549
785-457-9843
**Norman Kohls
Rt 1 Box 27C
Eldorado, TX 76936
kkohls@aol.com
325-853-2226
**Preston Faris
PO Box 404
Sonora, TX 76950
prfaris@sonoratx.net
325-387-5035
Paul Lewis
12661 E Langell Valley Rd.
Bonanza, OR 97623
lambchop@whitedorper.com
541-545-0019
**Endre Fink, University of KY
1171 Midway Rd.
Versailles, KY 40383
endre.fink@uky.edu
270-842-4066 ext 198
**Burk Lattimore
1610 S SR 3261
Levelland, TX 79336
blewes@aol.com
806-894-3081
**Shawn Ramsey
626 Harlan Rd.
Navasota, TX 77868
sramsey@tamu.edu
979-229-7683
**Billy Wade
1300 95th Ave.
Salem, OR 97317
wadewesthamps@yahoo.com
503-931-6827
**Brad Roeder
6918 White Oak Rd.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
brad.roeder@tda.state.tx.us
830-889-4512
**Jess Yeaman
7887 US Hwy 87 N
San Angelo, TX76901
jessup1@neo.tamu.edu
830-683-7432

 
American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society
American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society
American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society
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American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society
American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society
American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society
American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society American Dorper sheep Breeders' Society