By COURTNEY WALSH
WHITE Dorpers were the hard ones to assess for judge Kim Batten, Douwana Dorper stud, Yuna, at the 2017 Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.
Mr Batten said there was plenty of quality in the White Dorper classes and plenty of the sheep exhibited on the day had a lot of presence with meat in the right places.
But there can only be one winner and it was a ram from Kaya Dorper and White Dorper stud, Narrogin, which was standing proud with that purple grand champion sash at the end of the judging.
The ram from the over one-year-old class beat a Lynkm Springs youngster to claim the champion ram title on its way to winning its grand champion ribbon and was described as a "meat machine" by Mr Batten.
"The Kaya ram is the whole package - he carries himself well, he's got depth and he's sound on his feet," he said.
"There is a real future ahead for this ram and he is a credit to his breeders.
"The ram provides the White Dorper industry with plenty to go forward with."
Mr Batten said the champion ewe was also worth being proud of.
From Lynkm Springs stud, the champion ewe was the winner of the ewe over one-year-old class, beating the youngster from KD Genetics in reserve.
"The reserve champion ewe has plenty of potential with a nice top-line and good, consistent legs, but the ewe on top was smooth all the way through and deserved the champion's ribbon," Mr Batten said.
"She carries plenty of meat, depth and length and moved with nice presence."
The reserve champion ram was a youngster from Lynkm Springs with a lot of spring in its step.
"I see a lot of good things coming from this lively young ram," Mr Batten said.
"He's got that presence - he stands up well, is good on his feet, his ears are pricked and he holds his head nicely."