Kaya made the long trip to the Australian National Show (6600kms) to compete in one of the largest Dorper / White Dorper shows in Australia (484 animals).
I would like to congratulate the organising committee and the volunteers who made the show and sale exceptional. Congratulations also to all the exhibitors for their quality of stock, friendship and passion for an ever-improving breed.
Kaya only competes with rams as we feel that the show preparation, combined with the long trip, has a long-term negative effect on the ewes and their job is extremely crucial, as it is the basis of our stud.
We took 18 rams to compete in 10 classes, with our emphasis always on the heavyweight lambs and adult classes.
Of the 10 classes we entered, we finished 1st in 8 classes and we finished 2nd in one and 3rd in the other.
Ram lamb (1st Aug – 30th Sept) – Kaya 151340 – 2nd
Ram lamb (1st May – 31st July) – Kaya 150557 – 1st
Ram lamb (>30th April) – Kaya 150275 – 1st & Kaya 150394 – 2nd
Ram (1.5 to 2.5 yo) – Kaya 140231 – 1st & Kaya 140297 – 4th
Ram (>2.5 yo) – Kaya 130620 – 1st
150557 went on to be the Junior Champion White Dorper Ram
140231 went on to be the Senior Champion White Dorper Ram
and then the Grand Champion Ram and the Supreme White Dorper Exhibit.
A pleasing part of the show was that the Junior Reserve Champion Ram shown by Roslynmead West Stud and the Senior Reserve Champion Ram shown by Bunnerungie Stud, were bred from Kaya sires.
Ram lamb (1st Aug – 30th Sept) – Kaya 151314 – 1st
Ram lamb (1st May – 31st July) – Kaya 150612 – 1st
Ram lamb (>30th April) – Kaya 150188 – 3rd
Ram (1.5 to 2.5 yo) – Kaya 140387 – 1st & Kaya 140713 – 4th
Ram (>2.5 yo) – Kaya 120727 – 1st
151314 went on to be the Junior Champion Dorper Ram
140387 went on to be the Senior Champion Dorper Ram
and then the Grand Champion Ram and the Joint Supreme Dorper Exhibit (shared with the outstanding Dorper ewe from Dell Dorpers)
In addition, the Reserve Senior Champion Ram shown by Bulmar Stud was sired by a Kaya ram.
Thank you to all the people esp. Marius Loots and Bullie Malherbe who helped me with my sheep, and my family who do 90% of the showing while I sit in the stands and take it easy.
Special thanks to Kane Chatfield from the Farm Weekly for the use of the photos.