Supreme Dorper: Dell Dorpers, Moama, NSW
Grand Champion Dorper ram: Dell
Senior champion Dorper ram: Bulmar, Spring Hill, NSW
Junior champion Dorper ram: Dell
Grand Champion Dorper ewe: Dell
Senior Champion Dorper ewe: Dell
Junior champion Dorper ewe: Nomuula, Moonbi, NSW
It’s been a three-peat for Moama, Victoria, Dorper stud, Dell, winning the Supreme ribbon again at this year’s Australian Sheep & Wool Show (ASWS).
The ewe Dell Stretchy took out the Supreme Ribbon for a third time in a row, to add to her win in the Senior and Grand Champion awards.
Dell’s Andrea van Niekerk said it was probably the first time a ewe had ever won the Grand Champion title at the national Dorper show and the ASWS,
“We are very proud of her,” Ms van Niekerk said ”She has real good length in the rump, with a strong loin, and she is extremely feminine for her age.
She has real good length in the rump, with a strong loin, and she is extremely feminine for her age.
“She’s very sound on her legs and feet, for such a big ewe.”
Her mother is from the South Afrian Jo Jo line, and her father is Neimar cross.
Last year’s judge South African judge Rikus van der Merwe said Dell Stretchy was an “exceptional” animal. “The ewe was magnificent, she’s long in the body, she’s feminine, she has enough meat covering, for a ewe, without being too masculine,” Mr van der Merwe said.
This year, judge Justin Kirkby, Amarula Dorpers and White Dorpers, “Glenavon”, Gravesend, NSW said he was surprised that Stretchy had won previously.
“I had no idea, until I looked at the trophy and it was good that I, obviously had the same opinion as two other judges, in previous years,” Mr Kirkby said. “But just an outstanding sheep, just a beautiful, beautiful ewe and functioning really well for a three, four year old ewe.”
He said judges looked for what they called “capacity’, when assessing Dorper ewes.
“Dorpers are an arid region sheep, so they have got to fill their rumen up with food, or fill their belly up with lambs, so that capacity, she carries a lot of it, and that’s why she is such an outstanding ewe.”
A nine month old ram, Dell Joel junior, won the Grand Champion Dorper ram ribbon.
He weighed 73kilograms, had a fat covering of 6.5millimetres and a 39mm eye muscle.
Mr Kirkby said there was not a lot to split the Senior and Junior ram.
“The Senior ram had a a lot of sirey appeal, because he was an older ram, but the young ram was really, really perfect, and I could just see he has a lot of potential, because he was such an outstanding, well balanced sheep.”