Burrawang claims top accolade at National Dorper and White Dorper Show

2019 National Dorper and White Dorper Show results


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Supreme champion exhibit Burrawang Dorpers and White Dorpers' ram Piet with stud manager Wicus Cronje.

Supreme champion exhibit Burrawang Dorpers and White Dorpers' ram Piet with stud manager Wicus Cronje.

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A White Dorper named Piet has taken top honours in the breed's national show, held in Toowoomba.

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A White Dorper by the name of Piet has taken top honours in the National Dorper and White Dorper Show, held this year in conjunction with the Toowoomba Royal Show.

Burrawang Dorper and White Dorper Stud's star ram Piet was crowned supreme champion exhibit of the show, after first taking out the accolades for champion White Dorper exhibit and grand champion White Dorper ram.

Burrawang stud master Wicus Cronje said it was the first time in many years they had attended a show and they had brought 12 sheep up from Condoblin for the event, only three of which were put up for sale. 

"We wanted to show the world what we've got," he said. 

"There's a lot of good progeny on the ground from Piet already. 

"He was born in 2015 and he's given us a lot in that time. 

"He breeds exceptionally well."

But a second show outing for Piet shouldn't be expected any time soon, with Mr Cronje saying that the stud didn't have any further show plans for the immediate future. 

"This is the national show, which is why we chose to come," he said. 

It is the second year in a row that the National Dorper and White Dorper Show has been held in Toowoomba, with last year marking the first time the titles were held in Queensland.

Competitors traveled from as far afield as Western Australia, NSW and the Victorian border to put forward their best ewes, rams and lambs.

Dell Dorpers, Moama, also had plenty to celebrate, taking out the prizes for grand champion Dorper ewe, grand champion White Dorper ewe, grand champion Dorper ram and champion Dorper exhibit.

Eliza Mack, Mitchell Southern, Boonoon, and Dell Dorper's Moozie van Niekerk with Dell Dorper's three grand champions - grand champion White Dorper ewe, grand champion Dorper ewe and grand champion Dorper ram.

Eliza Mack, Mitchell Southern, Boonoon, and Dell Dorper's Moozie van Niekerk with Dell Dorper's three grand champions - grand champion White Dorper ewe, grand champion Dorper ewe and grand champion Dorper ram.

Stud owner Moozie van Niekerk said they were very happy with how their animals had placed. 

"We're thrilled with that, it's probably the best results we've ever had. 

"We're especially happy with our supreme Dorper exhibit being a ram.

"We've won it with ewes before but never with a ram.

"He's our main stud sire with lots of young progeny at home." 

Nomuula Dorpers and White Dorpers took out the prizes for most successful Dorper and White Dorper exhibitor, as well as reserve grand champion for both the Dorper ewe and White Dorper ewe categories.

Meanwhile BaseCamp White Dorpers, Kogan, won reserve grand champion White Dorper ram.

Cherilyn Lee, Nomuula Dorpers and White Dorpers, receiving the most sucessful exhibitor trophies from major sponsor Jure Denona.

Cherilyn Lee, Nomuula Dorpers and White Dorpers, receiving the most sucessful exhibitor trophies from major sponsor Jure Denona.

National Dorper and White Dorper Show judge, South African inspector Raymond Read said that the quality of the entries was very high. 

"They really are as good as anything I have seen in South Africa," he said.

Mr Read said Piet was chosen because he had exceptional traits, including "unbelievable body length". 

"I really would like to see the lambs that come from him," he said. 

"Rams of that quality are not common in the world. 

"These are the rams that make the industry grow." 

Harry Trott and Sarah Keen, both from Livingstone Christian College, received ribbons in the junior handling section.

Harry Trott and Sarah Keen, both from Livingstone Christian College, received ribbons in the junior handling section.

The younger generation also had their chance to showcase their skills, with 42 participants in the junior judging section. ​

The Queensland Dorper and White Dorper sale was held immediately following the show, with a clearance rate of 68 per cent, an average of $1254.55 and a gross of $13,800. 

The top-priced ram sold for $2400 and the top-priced ewe went for $1200. 

Landmark and AuctionsPlus were the selling agents.

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