The History of Dell Dorpers

Brucellosis accredited stud and Ovine Johnes Disease score of 4 ABC points, which is a low prevalence area and we are in the Riverina Bio Security Plan.

Dell Dorpers Australia was established in 2007 by Jean & Moozie van Niekerk and the famous John Dell of Hounslow, near Grahamstown in South Africa.  John Dell was one of the most prominent South African breeders by being the owner & breeder of one of the oldest studs in South Africa.  In 2012 John Dell Dorpers had its 50th anniversary for breeding top quality Dorpers in South Africa.

John Dell’s stud consisted of 1200 stud ewes South Africa.  Since 2007 John sent the very best quality of embryos to Dell Dorpers Australia to continually improve the stock and for genetic variation.  Some of the embryos were sired by the famous Mickey Phillips “Rolo” and Mickey Phillips “JoJo”.  John Dell’s genetics are medium framed meaty sheep, well balanced, with great bone structure, which thrive in any Australian conditions especially in the dryer areas.

Dell Dorpers has had a very successful 7 years in the show ring and in the sales.  Recent highlights of the past 7 years are as follows:

  • 2011 & 2012 Dell Baby Doll III, the first Dorper ewe to win the Supreme Dorper Exhibit twice in a row at the Australian National Dorper & White Dorper Show.
  • 2013 Dell Dorper “Gloria” won the Supreme Dorper Exhibit at the Australian Dorper & White Dorper National.  This being the first “Hatrick” of a Dorper ewe winning this award.
  • 2nd on Property Sale, Dell Dorpers set the record price of $14 000 being the highest priced Dorper Ram to be sold in 2013.
  • National Sales :  2013 and 2014 - Dell Dorpers sold stud sires for $7600 and $7000 to stud breeders.
  • Australian Sheep & Wool Show : Dell Dorpers - Winner of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014 SUPREME Dorper Exhibit & Most Successful exhibitor. 

Dell Dorpers are currently running 300 high quality Dorper stud ewes on 1000 acres of mixed pastures.  The weaner rams up to their sale day run on 300acre dry block of native pastures.  During the tough months of summer the rams are left to grow and fend for themselves to produce a hardy ram to survive in tough conditions.  Two months before our on farm sale the rams get fed 300 grams per ram per day in their 300 acre paddock.  We are currently selling 130 top commercial rams per year and we would like to double that in the near future. 

Dell Dorpers also sells top quality stud rams and ewes annually  at the Australia National Dorper & White Dorper Sale.

We are located about 30 minutes from Moama, NSW in the Southern Region of the Dorper Sheep Society of Australia.