n Farmer’s Weekly - Veld rearing & good dam selection : key to top Dorpers

Volume 2017 Number 17030
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



“It’s no use making the Dorper something it wasn’t intended to be,’’ says Adél van der Merwe. “Of course, if you feed them you get incredible results, but then you can’t really see which sheep would make it without feed.’’ It is from this rationale that Adél has bred a flock of some 80 highly fertile ewes, which boast a 150% weaning rate on the veld, where they are supported only with a salt lick. “I wouldn’t farm with another breed,’’ she says. “I do what I can for them, but I don’t pamper them at all.’’

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