A local sheep breed, a cross between Dorset Horn and German Merino, bred primarily for slaughter-lambs. Also attributive.
1957Handbk 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).
1971W.J. Hugo inStd 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.
1973Farmer’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.
c1977S. 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.
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