Kaya – 2014 in Review

Kaya Dorper & White Dorper has had a very positive 2014 and we feel that we are breeding a sheep that is well suited for the Australian environment and industry.

The following is a summary of what we achieved in 2014

SHOW PERFORMANCE

In 2014 Kaya continued to participate in the major Dorper shows around Australia. While I am not a great fan of the show circuit it enables us to directly compare our sheep against other breeders. We normally only show mature ram lambs and aged rams as we feel that young rams change and are not reprentative of future progress. We rarely show ewes as we expect them to be in production and not being wasted at shows.

We attended:
Wagin Woolarama (WA) – Champion White Dorper ram (Kaya 110420) and Champion Dorper ram (Kaya 120727).
ASWS-Bendigo (Vict) – Champion Senior White Dorper ram (Kaya 130035), Reserve Champion Senior Dorper ram (Kaya 120727)
National Dorper Show-Dubbo (NSW) – Reserve Champion Junior White Dorper ram (Kaya 130683), Reserve Champion Senior White Dorper ram (Kaya 130035), Reserve Senior Champion Dorper ram (Kaya 130064).
Kaya won both 2 tooth ram classes with Kaya 130035 and Kaya 130064. A full blood Kaya ewe shown by Burrawang also won the 2 tooth Dorper ewe class.

PERFORMANCE BREEDING

Kaya continued with a strong emphasis on performance breeding using ASBV produced through Sheep Genetics Australia.

Our breeding program is aimed at producing a Dorper as a MATERNAL breed and our emphasis is on fertility, worm tolerance, growth, and muscling.

At the end of 2014 if you search in all shedding breeds in Australia (sires with more than 30 progeny), you will find that Kaya has the following:
* 17 of the top 20 – NLW (number of lamb weaned)
* 9 of the top 29 – Pwec (worm tolerance)
* 5 of the top 10 – Pemd (eye muscle depth)
* 17 of the top 50 – SRC Index

Any potential client can access the performance records and pedigree of any of the 16000 Dorpers produced by Kaya since we started breeding by going to the sheep genetics website.

VISUAL CLASSIFICATION

At Kaya we are strong believers in visual classification on conformation traits that have made the Dorper such a unique breed. We use an independent inspector and work to the International Dorper Breed Standards and only keep Type 4 and 5 animals in the stud.
In 2014 we sold ewes at 2 separate sales. After selecting the top 40% of ewes to be retained in the stud we had the remaining ewes inspected for compliance with the breed standards.
Of the 39 ewes sold at the Burrawang sale, 31 were classifed as stud (13 Type 5 – 18 Type 4).
Of the 105 ewes sold at the Kaya sale, 68 were classified as stud (31 Type 5 – 37 Type 4).
We endevour to sell high quality stock that can be used in most breeding programs.

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