Nearly all our client's major requirement when they wish to purchase sheep is "Full shedding". The problem is that the Dorper was primarily developed for its hardiness, fertility and carcase quality. The shedding was almost an accident, as labour costs of shearing were relatively unimportant. The first Dorpers that arrived in the country exhibited this. Australian breeders are rectifying this by careful selection of the latest genetics, at Crawlers Gully we are making excellent progress using our Grobelaar, Kotze and Visagie bloodlines.
The Dorper Sheep Breed standard for "Cover" is divided into 5 grades, the ideal is H5, the definition for which is " a short, loose, light mixture of hair and wool with a natural clean kemp underline. the head should be covered in a short clean kemp". The minimum standard for stud, is H3, which is " a short, loose covering of predominantly wool or soft fine hair with perceptible kemp on the outer thigh. A soft light mane or apron is allowed. Wool is allowed forward of the crown of the head". Like all things in the stud we strive for the ideal