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.
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.