Dorpers originated from South Africa and were first brought to the USA in 1995. They are one of the few hair sheep breeds that is raised in the USA and has quickly gained popularity for their hardiness, sweet temperament, sheepskin and quality meat.
There are two kinds of sheep raised in the US; hair sheep or wool sheep. In the world, approximately 10 percent of the sheep population is considered a hair sheep. Hair sheep don’t need shearing like their wool counterparts, and instead shed it once a year. They have a higher hair to wool ratio and thus not great for producing wool and felt textiles but are hailed for their quality leather and sheepskin.
Dorpers were originally bred for the arid climate of South Africa but have gained such popularity as a breed that it’s now been well documented of their amazing adaptability to many different climates. They make amazing mothers and can breed up to three times in two years as the lambs are known to grow rapidly in their first four to six months. Dorpers do well being exclusively grass-fed and the ewes make a high-quality mutton that’s been known to be comparable to the taste of lamb. Dorper lambs and mutton have a much milder flavor, they don’t have the lanolin or oily flavor that many people have come to expect and make amazing cuts, sausages, stews, and burgers!
We chose this breed specifically for their easy-going nature, lambing and mothering abilities, and quality of production and meat. They’ve been such an amazing addition to Thiselle Creek Farm and we feel lucky to be able to raise them with love and care, grass-fed in paradise every day! It definitely effects the quality of our meat and sheepskin and creates a product that is not only good for our immediate environment but also for your family or clients.
We will have meat shares, cuts and products available starting in November for households or restaurants. Please contact us if you are interested in getting on our mailing list to be the first to know when they are available.
Indian black Runner duCKS
Runner ducks are well known for their strange upright appearance and lack of ability to fly. Indian Runner’s are specifically well known for their egg production. They make horrible mothers, however, and will often leave their eggs in the pursuit of a grand foraging adventure.
Runner ducks make excellent foragers, though. Often found exploring their surroundings on the hunt for bugs and food. They tend to be a bit high-strung but are very social and amazingly hardy. Prolific egg-layers, they will lay up to 300 eggs a year.
Duck eggs are larger than your average jumbo chicken egg, including it’s yolk and the shell tends to be thicker as well. Nutritionally similar, they do have a larger concentration of omega-3s, protein and (good!) fat. They are well known for making amazing meringues!
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