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2017 THCDA Show/Sale, Fredericksburg, TX
For More Information, contact Garet von Netzer, 830-997-3210

         FREDERICKSBURG--The state’s largest consignment of Dorper and White Dorper sheep along with an educational seminar, a complimentary meal and the annual meeting will highlight the 2017 Texas Hill Country Dorper Association’s 11th Annual Show/Sale Sept. 8-9 here.
            The show is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 with judging of the unhaltered classes and pens of three, while the sale is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 9, all at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds Show Barn.  Sheep must be checked in by 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.
            Friday’s judging of the unhaltered classes and pens of three is scheduled to follow the THCDA’s annual membership meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
            Judging of all haltered classes is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 9.
            A year ago, 175 sheep sold for a record average sales price of $1,246.  The previous record was $1,234 for 121 sheep in the 2015 sale.
            “Our show/sale is an opportunity to see some of the finest Dorper sheep in the country,” said THCDA president Robert Yelverton of Harper.
            “Interest in Dorper sheep continues to grow all over the country, and many buyers come to our show to acquire quality stock for their flocks.  All of the sheep entered in our show/sale have to be registered with the American Dorper Sheep Breeders’ Society.
            “Last year we had 120 buyers register to participate in our sale.  All breeders consigning sheep to the show and sale must be THCDA members or pay a $25 fee to enter their sheep,  All sheep consigned must have health papers which must be turned in prior to the show.
            “Our show and sale is open to the public without charge.  We will have a complimentary meal at noon on Saturday just before the sale gets underway.  Our association’s annual meeting is scheduled at 4 p.m. Sept. 8.  We’re also working on an educational seminar starting at 1 p.m. Friday.”
            Also scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Sept. 9) is the association’s annual silent auction to raise money for the Bradley Bernhard Memorial Scholarship Fund which awarded two scholarships valued at $1,000 each to students who will be attending college this fall semester.
            “We encourage anyone interested in Dorper and White Dorper sheep or just the industry in general to attend our show and sale.  There is no charge for any of the activities or meal.”
            Show judge will be Wesley Glass.  Charlie Jones will be the auctioneer.            The THCDA was formed in 2006 by a group of  Texas Dorper Sheep breeders.  Dorper sheep were developed during the 1930s and 1940s in South Africa to produce a hair sheep capable of thriving in a variety of climates and conditions and producing high quality, low-fat meat.
            For more information about the THCDA or Dorper sheep, see the association’s website at www.thcdorperassociation.com.