With the land, came the idea for a farming enterprise and the idea simply delighted Lisa, as she has grown up always wanting a farm.
No chemicals, hormones or antibiotics are fed to our sheep.
The name Dorper is a coupling of the first syllables of the parent breeds, Dorset and Persian.
HISTORY OF THE FARM
Dorper Fields Farm is a sheep farm where we raise Dorper sheep. A little history about Dorper Fields Farm. The property around the farm of over 280 acres was acquired by Lisa's Grandfather, Mr. William Brandon Rainey, during the depression years where horses and cows were raised. After the passing of Mr. and Mrs. Rainey the property was passed to Lisa's parents and three uncles. Billy and Lisa acquired 25 acres from her parents in 2016. With the land, came the idea for a farming enterprise and the idea simply delighted Lisa, as she has grown up always wanting a farm. After much prayer and research, the animal and breed settled upon was the Dorper Sheep. In July 2017 , with the purchase of 21 registered full-blood and pure-bred ewes from Ronnie and Michael Martin of M & M Dorpers, the farm venture began. In November 2017 the breeding would soon begin with the purchase of a registered full-blood ram with Powell genetics from Elceed Farms and the first official lambing would happen May 2018. You will also find chickens to supply fresh eggs, horses to ride and you can't have sheep without good Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) and we have mixed Anatolian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees.
FEED & LAMBING
All of our flock have access to open pasture and grass hay on the farm. Pasture fields are rotated to best utilize grass growth and help control parasites. Sheep are dewormed only on an as needed basis using the FAMACHA system.
Nursing ewes are supplemented with whole barley. Replacement stock are supplemented with whole barley and soybean hulls until placed in the flock for service. Lambs are creep fed on coarse ground barley and soybean meal and once weaned, they are given grass hay and all sheep have free choice mineral mix from Pipestone Veterinary Supply. NO CHEMICALS, HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS ARE FED TO OUR SHEEP.
Pregnant ewes are relocated to the small pasture closest to the barn to be carefully monitored day and night. Once they have lambed, they are then moved into individual pens (lambing jugs) in the barn to insure maternal bonding and a healthy start.
We lamb 3 times a year, January, May, and September, giving us lambs year round. This lambing schedule permits our ewes to lamb 3 times in a 2 year period.
The Dorper is a South African breed of domestic sheep developed by crossing Dorset Horn sheep and the Black Persian sheep in 1930. The breed was created through the efforts of the South African Department of Agriculture to breed a meat sheep suitable to the more arid regions of the country. The Dorper is now the second largest breed in South Africa and has spread to many other countries throughout the world.
Dorpers are highly adaptable and do well in harsh, extensive conditions as well as in more intensive operations. Ewes are excellent mothers and heavy milkers and lambs are vigorous and have high survivability. Dorpers are non-seasonal breeders or have an extended breeding season. They can easily be managed to produce three lamb crops in two years. They are very fertile and prolific with lambing rates of 180%-200% per lambing. They are early maturing and will produce a lamb crop at one year of age. Dorper sheep cross well with commercial ewes of other breeds and as terminal sires produce fast growing, muscular lambs.
They are excellent converters of a wide range of forage types and they excel in grazing or weed control operations. And therefore mix well with cattle, leaving the good grass for them and clearing out the weeds. Because of their Blackhead Persian origin, Dorpers have natural tolerance to high temperatures and heavy insect populations, as well as extreme cold temperatures. They are productive in areas where other breeds barely survive. We chose the Dorper breed as it is a fast-growing meat-producing sheep and an easy-care animal that produces a short, light coat of wool and hair that is shed in late spring and summer. The breed is well adapted to survive in the arid extensive regions of South Africa so it is well adapted for the Deep South.
We are excited and blessed to have this opportunity.