Dorper Into the New Century

Click on this link to view a PDF of the book, "Dorpers Into The New Century".

Dorper Training manuals are available for $16 CDN plus $5 postage.


To order your copy of this valuable book, contact:

Lorna Wall
Cartwright, Manitoba
T. (204)529-2663
F. (204)529-2663

For further information, contact the South African Dorper Breeders’ Society: 

PO Box 26, Middleburg, Eastern Cape 5900
Tel: +27 49 242 2241
Fax: +27 49 242 3589

If the book has captured your interest, inform others.  A Power Point training CD is the latest addition to this book to make training on Dorpers exciting.  This book and CD is available at a very affordable price and can be ordered from the Dorper Breeders’ Society.


Dorper greetings,

Dolf Lategan


Judging Dorpers (Excerpt from "Dorpers Into The New Century")

Judging animals is one of the most controversial aspects to handle.  The mere fact that nobody wants to be a loser is enough proof of this.  It is true that everybody thinks that his or her animal is the best and we do not always see shortcomings in our animals until we compare them.  Because of this fact, it is important to gather knowledge from outside so as to look at your animals from a different perspective.  The show ring is a good place to compare your animals with other breeders and find out where you fit into the bigger picture.  On the other hand, the show ring can be demoralizing if you show people what you have and it doesn’t compare.  Judging therefore, is a sensitive issue and the judge must be very discrete in commentary and fair in his judging.  The judge should never apply his own personal taste, but judge strictly according to the Breed Standards as this will be his passport to fairness.  The judge should always be able to give a fair and justified commentary on each class.  The question therefore will be “What must I look for to be a winner and not be disappointed in the show ring?”  

To put your mind at ease, here are a few tips: 
1. The ideal animal must still be bred.
2. Nobody is perfect and mistakes will be made.
3. Gather knowledge through comparing and set yourself goals.
4. Be a good loser rather than a bad winner.
5. Give credit to winners, one day you would like the same credit if you win.
6. Admit defeat - it will make you a winner.

What does the judge look for?  The first aspect the judge will look for in the show ring is functional efficiency.  No animal should win if it does not comply to this concept.  If you have studied the Breed Standard of Excellence you will know this means that animals with cull faults must be eliminated.  Therefore, first of all, the judge will look for deficiencies in the animals and make a note in his mind.  For objectivity, specific age and weight groups must compete against each other within that group. 

Judging the Dorper
If there are any cull faults, these animals will be eliminated by putting them aside.  Be sure of your facts and handle this in a very compassionate way.  Only when judging the champions different ages will compete for the honours. After this elimination, the judge will look for economical aspects like meat qualities, muscle, length of body, length of rump, good type and balance.  Also make sure of aspects like walking ability, masculinity in rams, femininity in ewes and all the aspects discussed in the lectures.  To promote the breed, any show is a shop window for our industry and the picture you want to leave with people, is of animals that we can be proud of.  The judge must select the animal that complies to the ideal after considering all the various aspects as a possible winner.  Then he must place the others in order of preference.  As soon as this sequence is complete it becomes easier to compare animals and make the final decision.  If further comparison is necessary, change the placing or let them walk simultaneously.  Be careful not to let mature rams, which are not familiar, walk together as they can hurt each other.  Once the judge has made up his mind about his choice, he should announce it and adhere to it.  The judge should have a reason for each placing up to at least the fifth place.  Be careful not to humiliate breeders by over criticism of animals in explaining your decision.  Try to balance the negatives with some positives.  Make a memory note of all the winners and second places, as you could see them in the champion classes again.  It is important to have a good picture of the second placed animal, as this animal may be better than the actual first places in other classes, and could compete for Reserve Championships.  Only the second placed animal in the class where the Champion was selected from will have a chance to compete against the others for Reserve honours.  This applies to rams and ewes.  The physical way of competing may differ from region to region and from country to country, so make sure you know the requirements of the local system.

                                                                        Into the new century

Aims and Objectives of the Breeders’ Society 

1. To encourage and promote the breeding of Dorper Sheep.
2. The provision of an administrative office controlled by a breed director.
3. The collection and spending of money in the interests of organization and promotion of the Dorper breed.
4. The promotion of the Dorper locally by the establishment of affiliated Dorper Clubs.
5. The establishment of an inspection service whereby flocks are classed, individual sheep inspected and advice given to breeders.
6. The training of Judges and Inspectors.
7. Dispersal of knowledge of the Breed, by issuing brochures, newsletters and organizing short courses.
8. The Society encourages better breeding methods by advocating record keeping and progeny testing.
9. Promotion of Performance Testing and keeping of records to make full use of available technology.
10. The organization of championship shows and the compiling of prize lists for other shows.
11. The organization of official sales.
12. To ensure that all members of the Society will be treated equally in terms of the Constitution.
13. To make it as convenient and easy as possible for its members to farm with and conduct their Dorper enterprise.


The Council 
The Society’s members at Annual General Meetings elect DORPER SOCIETY & clubs the Council.  Elected members retire in rotation after three years service, but are again eligible for re-election.  The Council meets at regular intervals to deal with the Society’s affairs.  The Council consists of 9 elected members, an ARC representative and the Breed Director.  

Dorper Clubs 
These clubs, which are affiliated to the Parent Society, have been established in all regions of the country.  They are a vital part of the Society as they assist to a great extent, in the promotion of the breed through local organization.

Their aims, among-st others, are as follows:

1. To promote the Dorper sheep by organizing:
    a. Dorper Days - Lectures and practical demonstration of breed standards, lectures on general management and care of the Dorper Sheep with emphasis on local conditions.
    b. Mini Courses - Over 2 days - an extension on (a).
    c. Short Courses - Junior and Senior, lasting 4-5 days.
    d. Regional Sales - at different venues within the region.
    e. Club championship Shows - held every second year.
    f. Flock Competitions - to involve the flock breeder to a greater extent and to provide him with competition.

2. To stimulate the interest, support and co-operation of the commercial breeder who can be regarded as the backbone of the industry.

3. To advise prospective Dorper breeders and therefore ensure that their undertaking begins on a sound basis.  The information is from a South African perspective, and may differ slightly abroad.