• Kristen McDaniel, right, assist Alfred McDonald, both representing M Bar W White Dorpers in Thorndale, during the 12th annual Texas Hill Country Dorper Association Show and Sale Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. The McDaniel’s champion White ram sold for $2,200 to Land-O-Legend in Kentucky. — Standard-Radio Post/McKenzie Moellering

Dorper show sees continued growth

A record number of buyers registered and bought a record number of sheep to highlight the 12th Annual Texas Hill Country Dorper Association’s Show/Sale held Sept. 7-8 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Show Barn.

The annual show/sale, one of the top Dorper shows in the country, attracted 127 registered buyers, who purchased 209 Dorper and White Dorper sheep from a record number of sheep consigned.

The previous record for registered buyers was 126 in 2017. A total of 64 buyers purchased sheep at this year’s show.

The previous record for number of sheep sold was last year’s 204 head.

This year’s show/sale did not offer an unhaltered division as it had in the past. The haltered division had 105 head of sheep sell for an average of $1,169 per animal, while 104 ewes were sold in pens for an average of $668 per head.

“Our show and sale continues to grow in the number of sheep consigned and in the overall quality of those sheep,” said THCDA president Mike McKinnerney of Richland Springs.

Pieter van Schalkwyk of Namibia, South Africa, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Dorper sheep, judged the show and concurred with McKinnerney.

“Each time I have come, the overall quality of sheep here has been much better, and that continued this time,” said van Schalkwyk, who previously judged the THCDA event in 2010 and 2014. “There were a lot of very good sheep in this year’s show. It’s really encouraging to see so much high-quality in these sheep.”

Among show highlights were sheep consigned by Powell Ranch Dorpers, operated by Johnny Powell near Eldorado.

Powell showed the grand champion Dorper ewe and grand champion Dorper ram in the highest quality field yet in the annual THCDA event.

 

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