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The Dorper Sheep breed was bred out of sheer necessity. In the 1930’s South Africans were looking for a hardy breed that could take on anything from arid drought stricken landscapes, to lush green pastures- with a higher quality carcase weight. The Dorper breed originated from the crossing of the Blackhead Persian sheep- a hardy desert breed, and crossed it with the Dorset Horned Ram- rapid growth and high quality meat. The above qualities are what make the Dorper Breed what it is today. As from the 1940’s the Dorper sheep had made its mark in the South African Agricultural Industry, with its popularity rapidly growing- building a name for itself as a high quality meat producer, with excellent mothering and rapid growth qualities.