What to do with 23 acres of grassland unsuitable for anything but grazing animals? You can mow for several years – which we did. But one day, motivated to reduce our “carbon footprint”, we decided to let nature take her course.  Unfortunately, within weeks, our beautiful meadows were overrun by a jungle of invasive, non-native flora, e.g. Himalayan Blackberry, Scotch Thistle, Yellow Flag Iris, Norway Maple saplings, Lombardy Poplar saplings and even Tansy Ragwort, which is toxic to other herbivores. NOT what we anticipated!
Appalled at the degradation, we decided to try grazing a few sheep. Sheep are small enough to be easily managed and would fertilize the soil as they grazed. With proper management, the native vegetation on our property could be “mowed” at the same time, without damage. Voila! We went on craigslist and bought some sheep.
We were innocents: a sheep was a sheep was a sheep, eh? Wrong! The variations in behavior between the dozens of breeds of sheep is amazing. Some breeds turn their noses up at weeds – they want cultivated, grass pasture, good hay and grain. Others are “indiscriminate grazers” (what we needed). Those sheep eat whatever is available. There are breeds that constantly patrol the fence line, convinced that the “grass is greener on the other side of the fence.” It didn’t take us long to discover many other differentiating breed traits as well: Disposition, lamb vigor, mothering temperament and “flocking” tendencies, to name a few.
After working with several different breeds (trial and error), we found one breed that was gentle enough on our aged bodies and that fit our circumstances: DORPERS. We found that Dorper ewes are calm, deliver vigorous lambs (usually twins) and are great mothers. But best of all, they were the chow-down champs in our uncontrolled weed-lot. Within a few months, our Dorpers cleared meadows and woods of the most invasive, noxious plants – including Tansy Ragwort, Himalayan Blackberries and Canadian Thistle!!

That is how Brandwein Dorper became a working sheep farm 15 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon.

Shepherdess at Brandwein Dorper
9801 NE 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97211
805-256-5599 (text or voice)
503-384-2283 (no text)
Only 15 minutes from downtown Portland and 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver, WA!


  1. Chris Baker says:

    We are starting a small herd of hair sheep 7 ewes that are Dorper / Katahdin cross. We are looking to get a good quality ram for them. Do you sell any rams? How much are do you sell them for?

    Thank you.

  2. Calvin mootry says:

    I am looking for ram calvin 1-541-371-1513

  3. Lambert Dave says:

    Hi guys I am looking for some dorpers for sale. I am located in Rainier or. Please let me if you have any or where I can find some thanks so much.

  4. Dave Eskeldson says:

    My name is Dave Eskeldson. I live near Scio. I am looking for some sheep to put on an area that was covered with blackberries until I grubbed them out. I raised sheep here for several years but I got so involved with vegetable crops that I figured I didn’t have time for the sheep, so I got rid of them. Without sheep my farm became more and more covered with blackberries.

    I have never grown hair sheep before but it seems like that would be easier to keep them from being tangled in the blackberries. I am looking for about five ewes and a ram for starters. If you have any for sale, please let me know how much you want for them.

    Thank you,
    Dave Eskeldson
    (503) 932-7218
    37447 Robinson Drive
    Scio, Oregon

  5. Greetings!
    We are looking for a registered Full Blood Dorper ram. Might you have any for sale?


  6. Justin Highfill says:

    angel from winter creek sent me over. i was wondering if you had rams for sale? if so how much. i’m looking to buy in the next month or so.
    thank you for your time.

  7. Ron - Cross Cut Ranch says:

    Hi do you ever sell any lambs????? And how much please………. I have raised sheep befor got rid of my hoof rot with the last ones I sold miss them tho are yours hoof rot free and also I hated shearing them.

  8. Debbie Wortley says:

    Hi I am looking for an affordable ram? I am near Chehalis.

  9. ken kahle -- polka dot pastures says:

    Hi Folks:
    I may be interested in your lots 180 and 181 at the Duncan sale, but won’t be able to be there. Do you have any pictures or video of them?

  10. Tom Charboneau says:


    We have a farm in Stayton Oregon and we are interested in purchasing some Dorpers this spring.

  11. terri l andrews says:

    do you have any baby dropers for sale?

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