The Dorper breed was developed in South Africa in the 1930s with the cross breeding of the Blackhead Persian ewes with a Dorset Horn ram. The breed was introduced into Australia in 1996 and has the potential to be developed for domestic and export meat markets. White Dorpers and Dorpers are quickly becoming the fastest growing sheep breed in Australia, due to their potential to adapt to the many varying climates and grazing conditions that Australia has to offer and the greater profitability that can be gained when using such a superior breed as the Dorper breed. Dorpers were bred to produce a high quality carcass under extensive conditions, thus have the reputation of rapid weight gain, excellent carcass conformation and fantastic fat distribution.
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