The Dormer Sheep Breeders’ Association of South Africa has existed since 1940. Our objective is to expand and improve the Dormer breed within South Africa.
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The origin of the Dormer from a cross between Dorset Horn rams with German Merino ewes (presently known as the S A Mutton Merino) was a direct consequence of a series of extensive slaughter lamb experiments carried out at the Elsenburg Research Station of the Department of Agriculture since 1927 over a period of more than ten years.
The need developed to form a Dormer Breeders’ Society to manage and control the breeding of Dormers which were spread over large parts of South Africa. A founding meeting to discuss the matter was held at Elsenburg on October 19, 1965. On that Tuesday night, 19 Dormer breeders and interested persons assembled to discuss the establishment of a Dormer Sheep Breeders’ Society.