The Damara of
Southern of Southern Africa was published in 2007. If you would
like to buy a copy of this book, you can contact me at +27 (0) 83 444 38 22 for further information. You will find a
review of this book by Paul Winter below. This review
appeared in the SA STUBREEDER Magazine, issue 18, October 2007.
REVIEW BY PAUL WINTER
STUD BREEDER ISSUE 18, OCTOBER 2007
by Dawie du Toit
by Dawie Du Toit +27 83 444 38 22
his book The Damara of Southern Africa, Dawie du Toit weaves together his
own information and information from other experts in the field
into a comprehensive and highly informative guide to the Damara.
2004 Dawie du Toit attended The World Congress on Coloured Sheep in New
Zealand. At the conference Dawie met Dr Phil Sponenberg and Roger Lundie, two geneticists that took a keen interest in the variety of phenotypes
seen within the Damara. Since then, both have been able to visit Dawie's
flock and other flocks in southern Africa in order to work out the colour
book is the result of both geneticists' theories of the genetic makeup
of the different phenotypes. Among other things, it highlights the Himba
tribe of Namibia and its long association with the Damara. (Due to its
isolation with this tribe, the Damara has maintained the characteristics
of a landrace breed - hardy, resistant to parasites, and an ability to
thrive in harsh conditions).
chapter headings like Conservation of the Damara, Farming Commercially
with the Damara and The Future of the Damara Sheep Breed, the
book will prove to be essential reading for all farmers and farming
academics. Other chapters include The Darama of Southern Africa, The
Place of the Darama in the World of Coloured Sheep, and Colour
Genetics and Damara Sheep.
Toit has obviously put a lot of passion and insight into his work and it
shows. What’s more, the book is illustrated with dozens of high quality
photographs, illustrating various colour patterns of the Damara. A
brief history of the Damara sheep at the front of the book makes for
interesting reading for anyone.