The Dorper is primarily a mutton sheep and meets these requirements exceptionally well. The Dorper has a long breeding season which is not seasonally limited

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Crossing Dorpers since 1998

Introducing Santa Ines in 2007

The breed is fertile and the percentage of ewes that become pregnant in one mating season is relatively high. Lambing intervals can be eight months.
October 1998

Black Dorper imported from Australia

Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination
We have first begun sheep-farming for our own consummation: it is quite impossible to find lamb and mutton in the butcher's shop in Paraguay. We were convinced that it would be an easy breeding as, in France, when conditions are too difficult for cattle, people use to raise sheep, saying that this breed doesn't require so much care. In reality we have got more difficulties raising sheep than cattle ! We have begun the breeding with native "criollas" ewes, well adapted to the climate. But in a short time we have had difficulties to find good rams: very few breeds available in the country, and these introduced with a view to wool production and not meat production, difficulties to realize artificial insemination, difficulties to import semen due to scrapie. Therefore we have crossed successively our ewes with Corriedales, Hampshire, Texel and Suffolk rams, looking for, at the same time, the means to introduce a more adapted breed.

We think we have found it now with the "Dorper" breed, this South African hairy sheep, from whom we have first imported semen from Australia, due to sanitary reasons.

History of the Dorpers

In 1946 a breed project was finalized at the Grootfontein College of Agriculture in South Africa to develop a new breed from the Dorset Horn and the Blackhead Persian. The breed proved so successful that the South African Dorper Sheep Breeders' Society was formed in 1950. The breed was developed for the arid extensive regions of South Africa. One of the most fertile of sheep breeds that is hornless with good body length and a short light covering of hair and wool. The Dorper breed is now numerically the second largest breed in South Africa and has spread to many countries throughout the world.

For which reasons?

1- First, it's a completely hairy sheep, absolutely without wool.

2- For the superior Santa Ines ewes maternal qualities.

3- For the breed relative resistancy to parasitism, superior to the Dorper's one, close to the Caribbean breeds one. (this is not a big problem at Quebracho but it's an important preoccupation in sheep breeding and for our customers.)

The Dorper lamb, with very short wool and hairs, grows rapidly and attains a high weaning weight which again is an economically important characteristic in this breed. This inherent growth potential of the Dorper lamb and its ability to graze at an early age make him a champion for meat and carcass traits.

The Santa Ines breed origin

Crossing of an Italian wool sheep called Bergamacia with different hairy breeds from Caribe, Central America and Africa such as Rabo Largo, Somalis and Morada Nova.

This sheep at first sight looks like a goat but its genetical indices show it's really a sheep.

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