Judge: Freddie Dreyer, Namibia
Supreme Champion White Dorper: Kaya (ram).
White Dorper rams
Grand Champion: Kaya.
Senior Champion: Kaya.
Reserve Senior Champion: Roslynmead West.
Junior Champion: Red Rock.
Reserve Junior Champion: Roslynmead West.
A WEST Australian white Dorper stud owner, who first started breeding the sheep when the first came to the country in 1996, has maintained his strong showroom run.
Kaya stud, at Narrogin, run by Adrian Veitch, took out the Supreme Champion white Dorper, with a ram at this year’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.
Kaya just pipped Nuumala, Moonbi, (NSW) which took out the prize for the winning ewe.
Mr Veitch said he established the stud in 1999, by importing embryos from South Africa.
“They are non-shearing and easy to care for, there is less cost in labor and things like that,” Mr Vietch said.
“They are a meat sheep which doesn’t need shearing, which is a big plus.”
The sire of the winning ram, bred from Kaya bloodlines, sold for $13,000.
He has had previous winners at the ASWS with the Champion Senior White Dorper, last year, and Reserve Champion Senior Dorper ram.
At the National Dorper Show, in Dubbo, Kaya picked up the Reserve Champion Junior White Dorper ram, Reserve Champion Senior White Dorper ram, Reserve Senior Champion Dorper ram.
Judge Freddie Dreyer said sheep in the competition continued to improve.
“If you go to the show, and you go through breeding, it is more difficult to breed a good ram, than a good ewe, and at this stage it is one of the better white rams I have seen in a long time, so it can have a huge influence on the whole industry,” Mr Dreyer said.
“I think this is a ram, as well as the ewe, which can weigh up against the South African sheep.
“I am very impressed by the standard of the white dorpers, it’s good to see good sheep coming through.”