Dorpers are a South African breed of sheep. They have come from Black-headed Persian sheep and Dorset horn sheep and together their names form the name of the breed 'Dorper'. They are tough and hardy and suited to the harsher landscapes that Australia has in bucket loads. They should do well on our 'unimproved' native grass pastures, hilly landscapes and scorching summers. We hope to do our best by them.
They have a tendency to shed their fleece and do not require shearing. Some of them shed better than others - some have little remnant woolly rugs on their backs.
|There are some twins brewing here...|
|Shepherd at work|
Sooner than we know and possibly sooner than we are ready, it will be lambing time. We are looking forward to it and are slightly trepidacious at the same time.
It occurred to me that this must be an ancient practice watching ones' herbivores graze - one that is buried deep in our mutual evolutionary history?
Humans and herbivores have been together for a very, very long time. Perhaps as with our history with dogs and horses, we have co-evolved with herbivores such as sheep, goats and cattle.
I intend to keep up the association between human and herbivore, shepherd and sheep.
Our Dorper ladies have come from the extremely helpful and knowledgeable Nicola and Harry at Alpine Dorpers. They are in a similar climate to us, up in the outstandingly beautiful ranges around Mt Buffalo in NE Victoria. Thanks Nicola and Harry for all your help.