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Story courtesy of Stock and Land by Cara Jeffery and Tyson Cattle

WITH three studs and 36 sheep at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, White Dorper and Dorper breed stalwarts, the van Niekerk family, proved tough to beat.

In the White Dorper judging, the van Niekerk family reigned supreme with their senior champion ewe from their African stud that rose through the ranks as senior and grand champion ewe before being taking the coveted supreme title.

The November 2012-drop ewe, African 120609, was sired by African G401 - a ram the van Niekerks sold at the 2012 Dorper & White Dorper National Sale for $11,000 to Wirlinga Park White Dorper stud, Albury, NSW.
The African ewe outclassed the grand and junior champion ram from the van Niekerk's other stud Dumisa.
The March-2013 ram, Dumisa Ranger 130055, was sired by African D555 - which was the sire of three rams which averaged $8000 at the 2012 National Sale.

Judge Justin Kirkby, Amarula Dorper and White Dorper stud, Gravesend, NSW, gave the supreme win to the ewe as he thought she was exceptionally good and had "matured to her full potential".

"The ram will be a good ram when he matures a bit more as he is an exceptionally good ram also with a long loin and body, but to find such a good quality ewe is really hard and that's why I gave it to the ewe as she was an outstanding and beautiful ewe," he said.

Senior champion ram was won by the Veitch family, Kaya stud, Narrogin, Western Australia, with their May 2013-drop exhibit. The twin ram, which weighed 81.5kg, had a fat measurement of 4mm and an eye muscle depth (EMD) of 33mm, was sired by Kaya 100750. Mr Kirkby said the Kaya ram had tremendous bone for age with a strong head.

The junior champion ewe title went to the Edson family, Red-Rock stud, Keith, South Australia, for their milk-tooth ewe. The July 2013-drop ewe weighed 59kg, measured 5.5mm for fat and had an EMD of 35mm. Mr Kirkby said the Red-Rock ewe took the win for its body length and fullness on loin.

In the Dorper judging, Andrea van Niekerk's stud Dell Dorpers dominated. The Moama, NSW-based stud claimed seven of the 11 awards on offer, including the coveted supreme exhibit with the studs' grand champion ram, Dell Baby Doll 120448. Stud owner Andrea van Niekerk said the ram was the half brother of Dell Baby Doll III, who won the supreme exhibit at the National Show twice previously.

The grand champion ewe also came from Dell Dorpers with Dell Gloria 11119 continuing its success after being named the supreme exhibit at the Dubbo National Show 2013.

NSW stud Global stud, Narrabri, picked up two awards winning reserve junior champion Dorper ram and reserve junior champion Dorper ewe.

Victorian Dorper studs Olsen Park and Oakview won junior champion Dorper ewe and reserve senior champion ewe respectively.

Grand Champion Dorper Ram & Supreme Dorper Exhibit, Dell Dorpers "Major" 120448 and
Senior & Grand Champion Dorper Ewe, Dell Gloria 110119 with Andrea and Moozie van Niekerk & the Judge Justin Kirkby, Amarula Dorpers & White Dorpers Gravesend, NSW

Senior & Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe and Supreme White Dorper Exhibit, African White Dorpers, H609 with Moozie Van Niekerk