Kaya takes Dorper honours

15 Mar, 2014 01:00 AM
Dorper judge Arno Vlok (left), Williams, gave the purple grand champion sash to Kaya stud's champion ram. Holding the ram is Kaya stud principal Adrian Veitch, Narrogin.
Dorper judge Arno Vlok (left), Williams, gave the purple grand champion sash to Kaya stud's champion ram. Holding the ram is Kaya stud principal Adrian Veitch, Narrogin.

MATURE sheep displaying structural correctness and adhering closely to breed standards took out all the broad ribbons in the Dorper section at Woolorama.

Former South African Arno Vlok quickly and decisively swept through the classes looking firstly for sheep which met the Dorper type, had good legs and feet and made it clear he wanted meat on his sires and good productive feminine traits on his ewes - guidelines he applied to both the Dorper and White Dorper breeds he judged.

Adrian Veitch, Kaya stud, Narrogin delivered the goods winning the champion Dorper ram and grand champion Dorper with one of his stud sires and taking home a fistful of blue ribbons with other sheep.

The champion ram was by Kaya 657, the top price ram at the 2012 Kaya sale that sold to South Australia, and was indicative of the success of Mr Veitch's aim to breed functional sheep rather than an over-muscled short heavy animal.

He admitted he favoured the black headed sheep (although he also breeds White Dorpers) and this passion was driving performance and progress in achieving better size and free-moving animals.

The reserve champion ram stood second to the champion in the over one-year-old class and was exhibited by Roger and Julie Mills, Plantagenet stud.

Last week's show ring performance was a front for the more serious business of selling sheep that is set to put a renewed floor in the Dorper and White Dorper market with export sales to China set to ramp up significantly in the next couple of months.

Not only are the two Dorper breeds set to benefit but sales for rams and ewes are expected to extend to other meat breeds as well.

The market has breeders pushing ahead with breeding programs that will show the benefits in coming years but already Mr Vlok said South Africa could no longer say it had the best Dorpers and White Dorpers in the world.

Mr Vlok was involved with the Dorper and White Dorper breeds in South Africa going through the junior assessment and judging ranks before coming to Australia six years ago.

He now has a property at Williams and runs 120 Dorper and 280 White Dorper breeding ewes and judged at the Perth Royal Show and the Albany show in 2013.

First time exhibitor Kim Hammarquist, Lynkm Springs, made the long drive from Cervantes with two rams and two ewes and was rewarded with champion Dorper ewe, again from the older ewe class.

Mr Hammarquist started his stud in 2006 with Kasteel bloodlines but was given the remaining 17 ewes and two rams when a Brazilian buyer bought the bulk of Phillip Strauss' stud when he sold out to return to South Africa two years ago.

The champion ewe was pure Strauss blood and caught the judge's eye for her sheer feminine presence, straight topline, long neck and lovely head making it a quick and easy decision.

Mr Vlok was forced to take more time deliberating over the reserve champion ewe but eventually settled on another older ewe from Plantagenet stud and commended her for her smoothness through the shoulders and size.

Bridgetown stud, owned by Collin and Susan Jeffery, took a share of blue winning the pair of rams, pair of ewes, the group class and the sire's progeny class.



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