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ANDREA van Niekerk had been running a Dorper sheep stud at Moama, NSW, for just seven years when she started gaining national notoriety.
The first inkling of her stud’s star power started at the Dubbo National Show in 2011 when one of her ewes beat the grand champion ram to win the supreme exhibit.
Then the same ewe took out the same accolade the following year.
“We then won supreme exhibit at Dubbo for three years in a row, but with a different ewe in the third year,” said Andrea, who manages Dell Dorpers on 440ha.
Around the same time she set a new national record for an on-farm sale, fetching the highest national price last year of $14,000.
And the trifecta was complete when she took out supreme exhibit at Bendigo’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show three years in a row.