Hoeksplaas Dorpers Stud
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postheadericon Dorper Stud Breeding Practices

The core genetic pool has been established out of the old type 5 stud ewes acquired from Mickey Phillips as well as other top ewes bought from Tien Jordaan, John Dell, Leroy Phillips and Rooidam Dorper Stud.

We make use of the following three mating practices to enhance the genetic depth of the stud:
1.    Natural (hand) mating
2.    Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination
3.    Embryo flushing and transfer.

Although we use Laparoscopic AI in the majority of our matings, we flush our top ewes at least once a year and strive to rear a minimum of 150 embryo lambs per year.

We acquired Rolo, one of the top sires in the industry at the National Auction in Upington in 2005 for a record price of R 400 000 at the time. Rolo is a son of Big Ben from the Jackpot and Wekker bloodline.

Rolo Rolo
Rolo Rolo
Rolo Rolo
Rolo Rolo

Other sires used so far include Kit-Kat, Sahara, Rolo Junior, Crunchie, Jo-Jo and Terra-byte. These rams have ensured compliance and exceeding the Dorper Breed Standards in our breeding.

Sahara Sahara

Jo Jo and Tera-byte

Jo-Jo and Tera-Byte

Jo Jo

Jo-Jo

Ewes lambs are mated naturally at the age of 10 months. If any ewe does not scan pregnant after her first mating she is automatically culled. After pregnancy has been confirmed through scanning, they graze extensively on the veld until approximately two weeks beforelambing. They are then moved to smaller lamb camps were they receive additional nutrition and where they are monitored closely during the lambing phase. Ewe lambs stay with the mothers until they are weaned naturally by the mothers. The average weight of ewe lambs on 4 months is 34kg.

The top performers are meticulously selected and tagged to eventually be flushed for embryos in order to speed up the genetic progress in the stud. Embryos not utilized for our own stud are exported to countries like Brazil and Australia.

Ewes in Lamb Young ewe Lambs
Ewes in Lamd Young Ewe Lambs

Ram lambs are weaned at 3 months of age (average wean weight 35.0 kg).  All lambs are screened at weaning and preliminary selection in accordance with the breeding standards set by the Dorper Breed Society of South Africa takes place. These lambs are fed up to 40 kg and then they are sent to the veld up to the age of 10 months whereaftera further selection process takes place.

Rolo Lambs Rolo Lambs

Rolo Ram Lambs

Rolo Ram Lambs

Rolo Ram Lambs

Rolo Ram Lambs

All stud animals are closely monitored and all performance data and pedigree details are captured on Mobile Livestock software enabling corrective breeding.