Yeah we have been working on the fence and corral. We have the outside fence fixed and wire is ready to go up this weekend for the corral actually. We had the same advice from a breeder we met with this week. She showed us her flock and they were so friendly! We literally just walked among them able to pet them. We aren't sure if they are going to be our replacements though because they are mixed with Barbados which I'm not big on. They are 75% white dorpers though so I am considering it. When they have lambs with our dorpers they should be high enough percentage dorper the Barbados horns most likely won't be in many of the rams. I grew up with Barbados sheep and the horns are just not something I want to deal with. The first thing I told the lady when we went looking is we need EASY to work with sheep. And they truly seem to be very calm. She also has a few LGDs she has been training for sale that we are looking at.Ugh. That is bad. However, now is the time to plan for your new flock reestablishment. You need to get your fences properly done, and then set up a smaller inner corral to use when you need to keep them confined for lambing, breeding, vetting, etc.
Did you report it to the sheriff? Also I think the newspapers in Texas list weekly or monthly reports of "estray" animals that have been found and impounded by the county. Be sure to check that list. Hopefully you will have the ear tag numbers on your bill of sale for proof that the sheep are yours, if found.
You can breed that 2 month old ram lamb to the old ewe in another couple of months. He will be old enough by 5 months. If she takes and delivers any ewe lambs, you will be starting on your flock again. Or you can take the opportunity now to look over this experience and decide how you want to proceed. You can buy from another breeder, or at a purebred Dorper auction. I wouldn't buy at the neighborhood auction or from the person from whom you got the other sheep. If you want some tips on buying new stock, there are several good articles on this site.
Luckily Texas is full of Dorper breeders so you can replace your Dorpers easily. Just don't buy the first ones you find. There are lots of on line Dorper auctions too, where you can bid online and then pick up from the breeder or seller at a place you can agree on. I prefer White Dorpers. Several Dorper breeders with both Dorper and White Dorpers have mentioned that the White Dorpers seem calmer. MikeCHS and Baymule have Katahdins. You might think about that breed depending on where you are in Texas, west or east. Now is the time to consider changing breeds if you want to do so.
This was a serious setback, but you can overcome anything. First on the list should be repairing those fences, and setting up a smaller inner corral to feed in so the animals will get used to going into that area for feed. It will make it so much easier to work with them in the long run.
I'm definitely going to look to upgrade my flock in the future but for now I need to get a certain number of sheep on the property to get ag exempt property taxes. I'm putting a lot more money into this than we planned since everything went sideways real quickly. I'm going to do the best I can though.OOPS!
Just checked on the Holman sale and it has been cancelled but there will be sheep available at the ranch. They are located in Sutton County, I think in Sonora. This might be a way to get some really good stuff cheaper since they will be needing to sell stuff and no one to bid against you. Remember that you get what you pay for and if you want good quality Dorpers to make money on market sales, you need to invest in some good carcass qualities. If you only have a certain sum to invest, check them out for a good quality ram for your flock. Remember the ram is half the flock so don't skimp on him and his genetics.