2 breed­ers dom­i­nate sheep com­pe­ti­tion

The Witness - - NEWS - ESTELLE SINKINS

THE Dormer Re­gional Cham­pi­onships at this year’s Royal Agri­cul­tural Show in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg were dom­i­nated by two breed­ers — Rooi­hek Dorm­ers, based in Amers­foort, Mpumalanga, and 2 Broers Dorm­ers, sit­u­ated in Lower Or­pen­dale in the East­ern Cape

Two of the Rooi­hek stud’s ewes were named Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RAS) Grand Cham­pion and Re­serve Grand Cham­pion, while one of their rams won the RAS Re­serve Grand Cham­pion prize in the rams cat­e­gory.

The RAS Grand Cham­pion ram, mean­while, was bred by Tjaart and Steyn Steenekamp from 2 Broers Dorm­ers. Ear­lier the young ram had beaten off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to be named Ju­nior Cham­pion Ram on show.

The Dormer, a white fleeced an­i­mal with good mus­cle, was de­vel­oped at the Elsen­berg Re­search Sta­tion in the West­ern Cape in the 1920s by cross­breed­ing Ger­man Merino (now the SA Mut­ton Merino) with Dorset Horn sheep.

The Grand Cham­pi­ons and Re­serves will now go toe to toe with other sheep breeds at the Royal Show for the ti­tle of Supreme Cham­pion ewe and ram on show.

The in­ter­breed classes will take place in the sheep sec­tion of the Royal Show­grounds from 9 am to­mor­row.

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