We raise sheep…After much debate, we decided to raise sheep because of their size, quality of meat, water available on the farm, and acreage we had. The Naivar Family Farm has housed all kinds of farm and wild animals but we decided to raise Dorper sheep and got handed a registered miniature Cheviot ram. In turn we now have the largest herd of Cheviots in Texas – 6 registered minis!
The Dorper sheep breed is a mix of the Dorset and Persian – originally created for the South African meat market. It is a hair sheep – no need to sheer. They do well in Texas.
The white Dorper is beautiful and has a more mild temperament. The black headed Dorpers are bolder and more “wild”. Both are great overall.
The miniature Cheviot is not really a mini. It has actually been bred larger since it first introduction to the U.S. market but they are a smaller pure breed from the Cheviot Hills of the United Kingdom. They are a beautiful, hardy sheep with wool and meat products.