Damara Sheep Breeders Society of Australia Inc

Damara Sheep Breeders Society of Australia Inc.

PO Box 108 Goodwood SA 5034


ABN 97828460668

Damara Sheep

The Damara is a unique breed of meat sheep ideally suited to our Australian climate.

The name 'Damara' comes from Damaraland in Namibia. A tribe there called the 'Himba' had them for thousands of years, and this is where the South African farmers bought their first Damara flocks. No doubt Damara were held by many more tribes in that area in addition to the Himba.


Damara were separated from all other sheep breeds in Southern Africa for a substantial time and developed or kept their unique abilities because of this.


Damaras were introduced to Australia from South Africa in 1996.

They have adapted to extreme climates and harsh environments as they have migrated to many countries.


Damara Sheep tolerate heat well and are able to walk long distances, making use of feed away from watering points. They have been performing successfully in wheatbelt regions and pastoral country of Australia. Damaras can be adapted to existing farming infrastructures and provide an excellent commercial opportunity to increase meat production and live export into alternative world markets.




royal melbourne show results damarasDamaras at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Show

Once again this year Andrew and Sue Cairns embarked on the long preparation process of training, shedding, washing and preparing sheep to show.  They travelled to Melbourne with seven Damaras including six ewes and one Ram.



The Ice Babies

The 2013 Damara Embryo Lamb Program on Sherana

Thirteen years ago, in South Africa, a South African veterinarian took 100 embryos from pure Damara ewes owned by a leading South African Damara Breeder, Petra Scholtz....