THE Veitch family's Kaya Dorper and White Dorper stud, Narrogin, featured on the national stage at its debut showing at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria, last week.
The stud sent a team of Dorper and White Dorper rams to the show with the WA contingent of Merino rams for the long journey east.
Kaya was awarded two broad ribbons and sold rams at the sale including the $3600 second top price,.
It was a great result for the WA stud given the Kaya rams lost from nine to 11 kilograms of bodyweight during the trip.
The Kaya stud picked up a few third and fourth place ribbons during the class judging, before a Kaya ram was awarded the reserve senior champion ram of the show.
The ram finished in second place in its class over 1.5-years-old, to the eventual grand champion ram and supreme Dorper exhibit of the show from the van Neikerk family's Dell Dorpers, Moama, New South Wales, who dominated the broad ribbon awards for the breed.
Judge Justin Kirkby, Amarula stud, Gravesend, NSW, said the Kaya ram came through a large and very strong class.
"There are some good stud sires up front that will certainly go on," he said.
"The Kaya ram had length and fullness in the loin with strong bone and body with a good head, feet and legs."
The ram was the grand champion Dorper ram at this year's Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama and was by Kaya 657, the top-priced ram at the 2012 Kaya sale that sold to South Australia.
The ram displayed raw data of 85.5kg, 3.5mm fat and 33mm eye muscle depth (EMD).
Kaya stud principal Adrian Veitch said after seeing the ram's sire since it was sold, the progeny have held up and bred on well like their sire.
"I heard a comment that it was the soundest sheep in the shed and as a breed that is the one thing we have to get sorted," he said.
"It's a difficult job to breed big and heavily muscled sheep that are correct, but we are getting there."
The White Dorper judging was held the following day with Kaya picking up two second places in the ram classes under 1.5yo born between August 1 and September 30, 2013 and over 1.5yo.
It then placed first in the ram under 1.5yo born between May 1 and July 31, 2013 class.
Having cut its two-teeth while at the show, the young Kaya ram was moved to the senior judging and beat the older ram from the van Neikerk family's Dumisa stud to be the senior champion White Dorper ram of the show.
Mr Kirkby said the young Kaya ram will mature into a tremendous sheep.
"Despite being younger, he has a longer body than the older ram and will be a big boy when he grows up," he said.
"He has a strong topline for such a long sheep with a tonne of bone, long neck and sirey head."
The early May, 2013-drop ram weighed 81.50kg (was 92kg when it left WA) and scanned 4mm fat and 33mm EMD.
It was a naturally born twin by homebred sire Kaya 100750 and is set to be exhibited at the national show at Dubbo, NSW, in September.
The van Neikerk family's Dumisa and African studs dominated the White Dorper judging's broad ribbons including the breed's supreme exhibit with their junior champion ram.
Attention then turned to the sixth annual Bendigo Supreme Dorper and White Dorper ram and ewe sale on Sunday where Kaya offered two White Dorper rams and one Dorper ram.
Although attracting interest, the Dorper ram failed to reach its reserve price while the two White Dorper rams sold for $1100 and the sale's $3600 second top price.
The $3600 ram was an embryo transfer (ET) July, 2012-drop son of ET-bred parents Kaya 100742 and 101032 and measured 90.5kg, 7mm fat and 42mm EMD.
The ram was purchased by Danny Teskera, Roslynmead stud, Echuca, Victoria, who said he purchased a ram from Kaya three years ago which bred well for his stud and his new purchase was a quality stud sire.
"We were particularly looking for a well-balanced and fleshed ram and he fitted the bill well," he said.
"He is a very well-bred ram and we will be looking to produce quality ewes in addition to flock rams from him."
Mr Teskera said the ram will be used over 150 ewes by naturally backing up his own AI program to get his "genetic potency through the flock".
"We are objectively measuring so AI is very important to us to get consistent and accurate EBVs through the number of lambs born in one week," he said.
"You can concentrate on that period of time and also allow for a more even season for growing the lambs."
Overall the sale saw 28 Dorper and White Dorper studs offering a total catalogue of 78 lots, which attracted 40 registered buyers from several States.
Thirteen of 16 White Dorper rams sold to average $1785 topping at $5000 for a Dumisa ram purchased by Justin Kirkby.
Twenty three of 29 Dorper rams sold to $2000 and averaged $1287.
In the ewe line-up, three of six White Dorper ewes sold to $600 and averaged $517 and 24 of 27 Dorper ewes offered averaged $770 and sold to $1600 for a ewe from the Niemur stud, Barham, NSW.