Duncan_Duncan's hosting the Mid-America Dorper Sheep Show and Auction for the third year in row. The show portion of the event Friday at the Stephens County Fairgrounds featured the presentations of 250 dorper sheep.
The dorper is a domesticated breed originating from South Africa. This breed can thrive in drier climates, so they're really gaining in popularity in Oklahoma and Texas.
"The drought has kinda helped them because they're a real hardy sheep, a real tough sheep. They produce meat, and more people are eating lamb meat and enjoying it. They're not a wool sheep, so they have a different flavor, a nice flavor, and so they're becoming quite popular because they're easy to raise and they're hardy," said Alan McNally, American Dorper Society President.
The dorper sheep has grown in popularity over the past few years. Last year, only 170 entered the competition in Duncan. McNally said it's only been in North America for 15 years and is already the fourth-largest breed.
Saturday's schedule includes an auction at 9am, followed by a seminar and a youth show.