Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dorper sales so far for 2012

EP Dorper Club had a great sale at the start of the year in Graaff Reinet with ram prices averaging close to R5500 and ewes R2450.

Burgerdorp (EP Club & Free State Club) - This sale is still not a large sale, but improved a lot from last year.

Prieska - Highest price of R55000 for a Dorper ram and R23000 for a White Dorper Ram. All rams are performance tested. I had the pleasure to attend this sale and really enjoyed the hospitality of the people.

Griekwaland-Wes Club sale at Postmansburg was also better than last years sales and according to John Daniel, they were very happy with they quality animals and the prices they got.

Our National Dorper Sale in Bloemfontein will be on 1 March 2012. We received much more entries than last year and I am looking forward to a great sale.

Remember to visit the following links for Society/club and Private sales: http://www.dorpersa.co.za/sales

I will publish some photos next week.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October News

Good day everyone.

Its been a busy time at the Dorper office, but we finished the 24 page Dorper appendix in the Landbouweekblad and there are good articles in it. The appendix is in this weeks Landbouweekblad (28 October 2011) and we already received numerous enquiries from Dorper farmers. Some of the advertisers called me and they received lots of phone calls too; so it seems that the appendix was a big success. I hope that we will be able to do it again next year.

Upington International Dorper Sale (2-3 November) is just around the corner and our next council meeting will also take place just before the sale (31 October and 1 November).

Some other interesting news is that Colene Grevelink was invited to judge the National Dorper Sale in Mexico in December. Good luck Colene, I know that you will make us proud!

We are also busy finalizing the date of next years Dorper International Show in Pretoria. The World Federation of Dorper Breeders members meeting will also take place next year during our Show and we look forward to welcome some of our International Dorper friends.

Dorperland club also held a very successful senior and junior dorper course and the Inspectors told me that they were impress with the knowledge of the students. Congratulations to everyone who successfully completed the course.

I hope to see you at Upington and I'm sure that after the council meeting there should be lots of time to chat with everyone.


Monday, September 26, 2011

National Veldram project 2012

Good Day Everyone,

We have posted the entry forms of our National Veldram project already, but you may also want to receive it via email or it should be available to download from our www.dorpersa.co.za/news page later today.
Drop me an email if you want me to send it to you via email.

There is big interest in our sale on 13 October 2011 at De Aar.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

National Veldram project Catalog

Good morning everyone.

The catalog for the National Veldram project is available to download @ www.dorpersa.co.za/sales

The auction will take place at De Aar Country Club on 13 October 2011

There is lots of interest in the Auction and I hope to see you there.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


It's been a while since I last post some comments on this blog. I must admit that it has been a busy couple of weeks.
Looking back at September thus far: we had more that 6 Auctions/production sales and everybody did better than last year. It seems there is a growing demand for Dorpers.

We are looking forward to the 24 page annexure for the landbouweekblad that should be published with the 28 October issue. Although it keeps us very busy it should be something that will have a positive effect in the whole Dorper industry.

Upcoming events are: Grootfontein Courses - 27 to 29 September with more than 120 students.
Vedendal Show - 3&4 October
National Dorper Veldram Auction - De Aar 13 October (the catalog should be on our web page tomorrow) www.dorpersa.co.za
Dorperland Dorper Course: 17 - 21 October
Judges Exams - 25&26 October
Our next intake for the National Veldram project should be on 27 October 2011.
Upington International Auction - 2&3 November.

Also check out our Dorper Facebook page: search for "Dorper Sheep breeders Society of South Africa"

Monday, August 15, 2011

SAMIC Carcass competition

The SAMIC carcass competition price giving will be held on 19 August 2011.

The Dorper won the last 14 years and has dominated in recent years. I heard over the radio that the winning carcass achieved 99.88% (very close to perfect).

If we won the last 14 years I'm sure we will do well on 19 August again.

Dorpers are not called the "Carcass King" for nothing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

AGM 2011

Our AGM will be on 28 July 2011, one week from now. Looking forward to see everyone at the meeting.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Dorper SA!

Happy 61st Birthday Dorper Sheep Breeders Society of South Africa on 19 July 2011!

I had to spend my day in Pretoria while the Dorper Society celebrated its 61st Birthday. Luckily I was on the plane by 19:00 back to good old Middelburg where this wonderful breed started. So when I walked into my office this morning, I took some time to look at all the old photographs and other memorable items. The Founding people like RY Edmeades, DJ Engela SW Bosman, W Hugo, Dr. QP Campbell, H de Smidt, R de Smidt, E Whitehead, CPJ Lourens, Ron Stander, J Bosman and many more standing proudly next to their Dorpers. I wonder would they be proud of us today? Did we take the Dorper forward and made it better as they intended?
I surely hope so!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


The Council decided that the 2012 National Dorper show will take place in Pretoria from 27 August to 2 September 2012.
This decision should still be confirmed at the AGM 28 July 2011, but everyone is looking forward to take the Dorper National Show once again to Pretoria.

Inspectors and Judges Day 2011-06-01


We had a very Successful Inspectors and Judged day at De-Aar. This year we did some practical work on Dorpers the day before the actual meeting.

Many Issues were discussed and the functionality of the Dorper sheep came under the loop. It was also interesting to see that when it came to classing a dorper almost everyone agreed on what type the ram/ewe should be.

That evening we all "braai" together and had a great time.

The next day we had a very fruitful meeting and addressed issues like judges excams, Inspectors contracts, Senior Dorper excams and many more.

Everyone agreed that it was a great success.

Nampo 2011

Nampo 2011 - We had a Blast!

Naas Malherbe, myself, Wicus & Ben Cronje . White Dorper Ram . Gary Simon, Naas en Kobus Malherbe

On Monday when we arrived, Naas, Wicus en Ben came to help me for the 1st two days, and when the Cronje's had to leave, Free State Club send reinforcements in the form of Garry Simon and Kobus Malherbe.

It was the busiest Nampo ever and we seldom had a change to relax. Our exhibition had many visitors from overseas and locally. Thank you to the Free State Dorper Club and all the visitors who made this a huge success. Be sure to watch our www.dorpersa.co.za/news link and next years Dorper news for more stories on this years NAMPO!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dorperland Club Show

I will publish the results of the Dorperland show on our News link: www.dorpersa.co.za/news later today. Bokkie promised me some photo's of the Show which I will also publish as soon as I receive them. Congratulations to all the winners and also to everyone that entered.

National Show - 2012

Just a reminder that the tenders for our National Show for 2012 should reach us by 25 May 2011. All show Societies and Dorper clubs can tender. Please contact us for more details.

Nampo 2011

NAMPO! - It is that time of the year again. This year the guys from Freestate club will help me run the Nampo exhibition in Bothaville. We are looking forward to a lot of visitors and hope to meet you there.

The theme for this years Nampo is ...., well you have to come visit us to see. I will be out of office for the whole of next week, but you can still contact the office and Juanita will give you my contact details at Nampo.

Friday, April 15, 2011

National Sale Beaufort Wes

CMW won the Tender to do the Beaufort Wes National Auction (18 August 2011). The Sale entry forms was send out yesterday and the closing date will be 17 June 2011. There once was a saying I heard, "if you build it, they will come". I want to say: "If the BIG GUNS bring their animals to the auction they (buyers) will come".