Dorper show and sale slated here Friday and Saturday

An educational seminar, the state’s largest consignment of Dorper and White Dorper sheep, a complimentary meal and annual meeting will highlight the 2017 Texas Hill Country Dorper Association 11th Annual Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9.

The show is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday with judging of the unhaltered classes and pens of three, while the sale is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, all at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Show Barn.

Sheep must be checked in by 2 p.m. Friday.

Prior to the start of the show, an educational seminar is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday.

Friday’s judging of the unhaltered classes and pens of three is scheduled to follow the THCDA’s annual membership meeting, slated for 4 p.m.

Judging of all haltered classes is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Show judge will be Wesley Glass. Charlie Jones will be the auctioneer.

The show and sale is open to the public. A complimentary meal will be served at noon on Saturday before the sale.

Also scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday 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.

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 and 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,” he said. “All of the sheep entered in our show and sale have to be registered with the American Dorper Sheep Breeders’ Society.”

Last year, the sale had 120 buyers register.

All breeders consigning sheep to the show and sale must be THCDA members or pay a $25 fee to enter sheep.

Additionally, all sheep consigned must have health papers which must be turned in prior to the show, he said.

 “We encourage anyone interested in Dorper and White Dorper sheep or just the industry in general to attend our show and sale,” Yelverton said. “There is no charge for any of the activities or meal.”

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.

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