2 breeders dominate sheep competition
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.