About Us, Our Stud, & Our Dorpers

Lilac Hill Dorper Stud near Boddington in the Peel Region of Western Australia, is owned and operated by Peter and Sally Temby. Established in 1998, it is Accredited Brucellosis Free and operated and maintained within the guidelines of Biosecurity and organic principles. Chemicals, other than worm drenches, are not used, and rams and ewes are expected to work for their keep.

Initially we used Embryo Tranfer to augment our ewe numbers, however, because nature tends to discriminate against embryos which are less than perfect, we have used natural breeding practices since 2000. Abnormalities which occurred in some of our E.T lambs have not been in evidence in the naturally bred lambs.

Dorpers use their tails to chase away flies and biting insects, to signal health and pleasure and to shake faeces from the body. There being no valid reason (other than tradition) for docking tails we stopped tailing lambs in 2004. Leaving the tails intact does not seem to have had any adverse affects on either ewes or rams. There has been no incidence of blowfly strike and rectal and uterine prolapse has not occurred in any of our long tailed animals.

Genetic and heritable traits, together with visual assessment for breed standards are used when selecting the ewes and rams to be used for breeding. We keep extensive records of blood lines and temperament on all our animals. Our aim is to breed animals which are quiet, hardy, resistant to parasites, require little or no shearing and can convert basic fodder into very tasty, chemical free, meat. Animals which have nervous, flighty, aggressive or threatening tendancies are culled.

Valuable advice, demonstration and instruction on the many and varied aspects of Dorper breeding has been given to us by South African Dorper experts, Dolf Lategan, John Dell and Jo-Marie Van Niekerk. Their assistance has been very helpful when making the decision on which animals to classify as “Stud or Flock” or to relegate to the Freezer!

Prior to establishing Lilac Hill Dorpers, Sally observed Dorpers flourishing on a farm at the edge of the Kalahari Desert. The answer to her question of why there were no sheep yards or shearing sheds on the property, was ” For what would I waste the money? The Dorper, I do not shear, the ram stays with the ewes and I sell, what the Lynx and Jackal do not steal”.

The potential to avoid the shearing, crutching, mulesing, jetting, and dipping chores of traditional sheep farming was a very appealing proposition. Lilac Hill Dorper stud began its journey to where it is today with the purchase of Neribri Dorper Stud and four Dorper pregnancies./p>

At the "Tasting Australia regional Cullinary Competition" held in Adelaide in October 2007,the Peel team, led by Mandurah's Brighton Hotel Head Chef, Gregg Burdon, featured Lilac Hill Dorper Stud lamb as the main course feature for their menu.

Stud and Commercial rams, ewes and lambs are currently available for sale. All animals have a comprehensive genetic history and are eligible for registration with the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia Inc.