Wooden Springs Dorper
Wooden Springs Dorper stud was established in 2006 on our property named “Wooden Springs ” in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, Australia, The property comprised of natural Australian bushland with eucalyptus forest and spring fed streams, hence the name “wood en springs”.
Sheep were introduced into our tea tree plantation to control the grasses between the rows of tea tree then in 2005 we found the Dorper sheep, they thrived, demolished our weeds and loved the scrubby regrowth, and they didn’t eat the tea tree. In 2006 we purchased our first fullblood dorpers an Amarula ram “Douggie” and ewe “Lonnie” from Old Munbilla DorperStud,
We had the opportunity to meet Dolf Lategan and knowledge on the breed standard of excellence. We were introduced to his book “Dorpers into the new century” brochure & training Manual. In November 2006 our stud to our current location in Werris Creek on the Liverpool plains, 40km south west of Tamworth, NSW.
A strict selection process was in place for our stud animals to conform to the Dorper Breed standard of excellence, our flock was inspected and graded on a regular basis and were guided by the wealth of information supplied by inspectors Ron Van DerMerwe, Phillip Strauss and Wicus Cronje’.
Wooden Springs Dorper was 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, and over the years obtaining genetic bloodlines from Amurula, Algoa, Kaya, Newstead, Dell, Winrae, Whynot and Swamp Road Studs. Sales of our sheep to most states and overseas exported to China.
The Dorper Sheep were originally bred in South Africa in the 1930’s. The breed was developed by crossing Dorset Horn ram and the Blackhead Persian ewe. The breed was first introduced into Australia in 1995.
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.