Dorpers are farmer’s new best friends
Posted by Kendall Boyd
Posted May 07, 2016
Dorper sheep are making their way into more and more hobby farmers hearts, says breeder.
Paul Dujmovich made the move from Sydney to Tasmania ten years ago and has not looked back.
"We bought acreage when we moved as we have always had sheep as a hobby, back in Sydney we had a couple of acres with woolly sheep to make jumpers," he said.
He said the self-shedding Dorper was an obvious choice.
“We decided on the Dorper sheep because they taste nice and eat grass," he said. “We decided to have Dorper sheep after we bought a carcass of one from our neighbour and tasted it and that was it."
“I love my lamb, they taste nice."
He said his Dorpers are a “self-maintaining hobby, sometimes barely self-sufficient" and "a hobby more than a business”. Mr Dujmovich grew up with a love of sheep after visiting sheep farms throughout his childhood including his grandfather's farm in Europe.
"if “want some sheep just to keep the grass down and produce meat at the same time, the Dorpers will do this quite sufficiently,” he said. "They are great sheep to have for low maintenance, grazing and are quite good at converting poor food into meat.
“I just love animals, doesn’t matter what, I love all of them."
Mr Dujmovich said Agfest presents a good opportunity to help people with their questions about sheep care.
“If you look after your sheep they will look after you and be friends for life," he said, adding that sheep are not as stupid as some people think.
“I have meet some people where my sheep are a lot smarter," he said. “Sheep are not as cunning as goats, but Dorpers are a lot smarter than your average sheep."
“Merinos have had the brains breed out of them, they have lost their motherly instincts whereas the Dorpers have not, they are a lot smarter and easily trained, you don’t need a sheep dog you just call them and they come,” he said.
Tasmania has several registered breeders, many who can be found online, but there are also hobby farmers, such as Mr Dujmovich, who don't advertise.
He said that he is not breeding for profit, but for as long as he is able to walk, he will continue his hobby farm with his sheep.