2016 THCDA Show/Sale Sept. 9-10 in Fredericksburg
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FREDERICKSBURG—Records fell at almost every turn Friday and Saturday (Sept. 9-10) in the Texas Hill Country Dorper Association's 10th Annual Show/Sale held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Show Barn here.
The annual show/sale, one of the top shows in the country for many years, attracted a record number of registered buyers (120), who purchased 175 Dorper and White Dorper sheep for a record average sales price of $1,246 per animal.
Buyers were especially aggressive in shopping for ewes.
The show featured a record number of pens of three ewes (25), and those 75 ewes brought an average of $1,318 each. Top-selling pen of three belonged to the Holman Ranch of Sonora and was purchased by Conrad Matysiak of Stonewall for $12,000.
Top-selling ram was a Dorper fall lamb offered by the Powell Ranch of Eldorado and went to Jody Lewis for $5,000.
The Powell Holman Ranch of Sonora dominated the judging as its entries included the champion White Dorper ram, the champion White Dorper ewe and the reserve champion White Dorper ewe.
The Bernhard Ranch of Harper had the champion Dorper ram, while the Holman Ranch of Sonora showed the champion and reserve champion Dorper ewes. The Oak Hill Ranch of Sonora showed the reserve champion White Dorper ram, while the Roeder Ranch of Fredericksburg had the reserve champion Dorper ram.
Roy Heiner of Fredericksburg had entries that included the winning pen of three (Dorpers) along with the champion Dorper ram and ewe in the unhaltered division.
Oak Hill Ranch showed the champion White Dorper ram and M Bar W Ranch of Thorndale had the champion White Dorper ewe in the unhaltered division.
"We just had an outstanding show," said THCDA president Robert Yelverton of Harper. "We had by far the best quality sheep ever entered in our show all these years. The ewes especially were just exceptional quality."
Judge of the show was Justin Kirkby of New South Wales, Australia, one of the foremost authorities on Dorper sheep in the world.
"This was my first time to judge in the United States, so I tried not to have any preconceived ideas about the sheep," said Kirkby. "The overall quality of sheep in this show was better than I thought it would be. What I found is a lot of producers with sheep here who are trying to produce sheep according to the Dorper breed standards.
"There were plenty of good classes of sheep in this show, especially ewes. The difference between the top and bottom ewes was really slight, and I really had to think about how to explain those slight differences.
"As a whole though the quality of sheep in this show was very good."
Sheep in the unhaltered and pens of three classes were judged Friday afternoon. Sheep in the haltered class were judged Saturday morning, and the auction was conducted Saturday afternoon.
Highlighting the association's business meeting Friday evening was election of new officers for the 2016-17 year: President (re-elected), Robert Yelverton of Harper; Vice-President, Justin Marschall of Harper, Secretary, James Hurst of Boerne and treasurer, Chris Summers of Center Point.
Texas Hill Country Dorper Association
2016 THCDA Show and Sale Rules, Show Order, and Schedule
Show and Sale Entry
2016 THCDA Show and Sale Preliminary Catalog