Increased Pasture Profits through South African Dorper Sheep

1997 Annual Report for FNC97-182

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1997: $1,790.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1999
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:

Increased Pasture Profits through South African Dorper Sheep


Superior growth and carcass quality can enhance profits from grasslands and grazing systems.

Objective: To determine economic feasibility of introducing South African Dorper Sheep genetics into a pasture-based farm flock.

Methods: The project coordinator planned to utilize Laproscopic Artificial Insemination to introduce Dorper genetics into a polypay flock and compare gain and carcass quality of pasture-finished Dorper cross lambs with purebred polypay lambs.

Results: Due to extremely dry conditions, lambs were fed 0.5 lb per day of grain for the last 60 days. However, Dorper cross lambs were 5 lbs heavier at slaughter, with 1 percent higher dressing pct, 0.01 inch lower backfat, larger loin eye and a higher leg score.

North Central Region SARE 1998 Annual Report.