About Wooden Springs Dorper Stud

Wooden Springs Dorper stud was established in 2006 on our property named “Wooden Springs “at Copmanhurst Northern Rivers NSW, Australia.  We have owned this property since 1984, it is Australian bushland with eucalyptus forest, native bushland and spring fed streams, hence the name “wood en springs”.

We used sheep in the tea tree plantation to control the grasses between the rows of trees and also to supply our household meat. In 2005 we found the Dorper.  They thrived, demolished our weeds and loved the scrubby regrowth. It didn’t take long for the sheep numbers to increase to more than what we required.

In 2006  we purchased Amarula Douggie and Lonnie from Old Munbilla, our first fullblood Dorpers. We had the opportunity to meet Dolf Lategan and collect knowledge on the breed standard of excellence.  We were introduced to his book “Dorpers into the new century” brochure & training Manual. In November 2006 we moved our stud to our current location in Werris Creek on the Liverpool plains, 40km south west of Tamworth, NSW.

Our Stud was founded with the purchase of Amarula Douggie and a fullblood ewe purchased from Old Munbilla Stud Coutts Crossing NSW. Since then we have obtained ewes & rams from Amarula, Algoa,  Kaya, Newstead, Dell & Winrae Stud bloodlines.

We adhere to a selection process for our stud animals to conform to the Dorper Breed standard of excellence, and have our flock inspected/graded on a regular basis and have been guided by the wealth of information supplied to us by inspectors Ron Van DerMerwe, Phillip Strauss and Wicus Cronje’.

Wooden Springs Dorper Stud is committed to producing high quality offspring. Femininity of our ewes is very important in our selection process for production and reproduction. Our stud foundation stock consisted of full blood South African type 4 and 5 graded sheep.

Wooden Springs Stud is located at Werris Creek, 40km South of Tamworth, NSW Australia.

The Dorper

The Dorper is originally bred in South Africa in the 1930’s. A breed developed by crossing Dorset Horn ram and the Blackhead Persian ewe. The Dorper is a fast growing meat producing sheep. The breed is known for its low maintenance, fast growth, high fertility & reproduction rates, excellent mothering qualities & milk production, quality meat with good muscling and its adaptability & hardiness to survive and thrive in a variety of climatic conditions.