What is Prime Dorper Lamb?

What is Prime Dorper Lamb?

In the 1930s the need arose for a sheep breed which could produce fast growing lambs with a high-quality carcass under extensive conditions. Originally bred for the arid regions of South Africa, Dorpers originate from the cross breeding of Blackhead Persian ewes with a Dorset Horn ram.  Later some Van Rooy genetics were introduced to white variants to breed the White Dorper.

Introduced to Australia in mid-1990s, White Dorper and Dorper numbers have been rapidly growing, due to their potential to adapt to the many varying climates and grazing conditions that Australia has to offer.  There were estimated to be around 2 million Dorper ewes in Australia by 2017.

Dorper is a breed that can very easily be produced ethically as they don’t require the maintenance practices of mulesing or tail docking. Dorpers also have shedding ability which means they do not need crutching or shearing and some breeders believe their natural pigmentation also protects them from skin cancers.

According to consumers, Prime Dorper Lamb has excellent eating qualities and some believe the lamb tastes less fatty, while still holding great flavour.

Prime Dorper Lamb means the Dorper has graded as a premium product, meeting the unique criteria as distinguished by the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia. The criteria includes (amongst other things); the lamb must be at least 87% Dorper (third cross or better), must be produced with adherence to high animal welfare standards, the producer must be MSA accredited and it must be processed by a DSSA licensed lamb processor.

This criteria means that when you buy Prime Dorper Lamb, you really are getting the best lamb there is to offer – across all ethical, sustainable, quality, flavour and welfare considerations.

This is why it’s considered Australia’s Lamb of Choice.

PDLMarketplace is launching in November 2018 and will be supplying lamb directly from farmers to selected retail partners across Australia. If you would like to stay up to date on news and know when and where you can purchase Prime Dorper Lamb, please click here.

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