|AMERICAN DORPER SHEEP BREEDERS' SOCIETY|
The American Dorper Sheep Breeders’ Society was organized in December of 1995. In October of 1996 the first event was held in Cameron, Texas with attendees from Mexico, Canada, South Africa and several regions of the United States. The first business meeting was held and a board of directors was elected. By December 1996, the organizational by-laws were formalized and the Society was incorporated.
The Society is a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors committed to serving the best interest of members and the Dorper breeds. The registry maintained by the Society is the foundation of the breed in the United States. Purity of bloodlines are maintained through rigorous checks and balances built into the registry database. Members may depend on the records in the database to accurately document the bloodlines of their sheep.
The first Dorper judging clinic was held in May 1997, with Dolf Lategan, a certified Dorper inspector, presenting a mini-course on the South African "Standards of Excellence" which are used in grading Dorpers for the stud book. Once every two years a comprehensive instruction course is held here in the United States to educate breeders and judges about these exciting sheep.
The ADSBS works closely with the national registries in Canada, Australia, and South Africa, cooperating to maintain accurate pedigree services for breeders around the world. Members of the ADSBS serve on committees in support of the American Sheep Industry, the National Sheep Improvement Program, and the North American Hair Sheep Association.
Dorpers made their debut at the Midwest Stud Ram Sale in June 2000 at Sedalia, MO. Since that time they have had nearly 100 sheep show every year at Sedalia. Other national venues include the National and International Livestock Event (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; and soon the California State Fair.
Today there are over 500 members of the society, working together to promote the breed, and to host shows, sales, and educational events. Future plans include research projects demonstrating the appropriate fit of the Dorper breeds in the modern sheep industry.
Join the ADSBS today to benefit from membership and learn more about the sheep of the future.
American Dorper Sheep Breeders' Society
PO Box 259
Hallsville, MO 65255-0259