Dormer, noun

Origin:
Blend of Dorset Horn and Merino.
A local sheep breed, a cross between Dorset Horn and German Merino, bred primarily for slaughter-lambs. Also attributive.
1957 Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric.) III. 210A commencement was made in 1940 with the development of the Dormer..as a slaughter-lamb breed. This was done because the German Merino mutton sheep is resistant to Muellerius(sc. lungworm).
1970 Farmer’s Weekly 21 Apr. 70 (advt)Dormer 4 tooth ewes with 22 lambs.
1971 W.J. Hugo in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. IV. 71Dormer, Sheep of the mutton-wool type, developed since 1940 by crossing the Dorset Horn with German Merino ewes and interbreeding the half-bred progeny...The Dormer had been developed chiefly as a fat-lamb breed for the winter-rainfall region.
1973 Farmer’s Weekly 4 July 13He has great faith in the Dormer breed, and says although essentially a mutton breed, they also give enough wool to substantially contribute towards their keep.
c1977 S. Afr. 1976: Off. Yrbk (Dept of Info.) 612The locally developed Dorper (a non-woolled mutton breed well adapted to arid conditions) and Dormer (a wool-mutton breed for the more temperate regions) now account for the bulk of all non-Merino sheep.
1990 Farmer’s Weekly 8 June 94 (advt)Dormer, the sheep bred in South-Africa for South-African conditions.
A local sheep breed, a cross between Dorset Horn and German Merino, bred primarily for slaughter-lambs. Also attributive.

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