Kaya quality heads east

Kate MatthewsCountryman
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The Kaya Dorper and White Dorper sale at Narrogin in October was nothing short of amazing.

Every ram and ewe offered — 326 in total — was sold, there was a top of $7100 and a swag of interstate buyers became owners of the much sought-after rams produced by Kaya principal Adrian Veitch.

Playing a significant role in the hugely successful sale was Landmark’s Ashley Lock who took bids via AuctionsPlus from eastern states Dorper breeders, buying a total of 129 rams and ewes on their behalf.

Dorper breeders from Bairnsdale, Burra, Ceduna, Dubbo, Mildura, Tumby Bay and Wangaratta were recipients of the Kaya bloodline with Landmark auctioneers Nathan King and Steve Wright handling the sale.

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Ashley was the successful bidder on the $7100 top-priced sheep of the sale, an August 2009-drop and Type 5 White Dorper ram with an impressive 10.96 post-weaning weight and 124.2 Dorper $ Index.

But not all Dorper and White Dorper breeders relied on the AuctionsPlus system. Over here to buy the $2450 top-priced ewe of sale — a Dorper — was Harry Bussell, of Alpine Dorpers, Carboor, Victoria.

Harry is a return buyer, having bought in April this year at Dubbo and at this time last year.

Presently he has 50 ewes in the stud and aims to build numbers to 300.

He also bought Dorper ewes at $2140 and $750.

States Park Dorpers, of Onkaparinga Hills, South Australia, bought Dorper ewes at $2240, $1950 and $1520, while Richard Inwood, of Spring Farm Dorpers, Mt Pleasant, South Australia, bought eight ewes to a $2050 top.

Lindsay Knight, of Meridian View, Mildura, Victoria, bought ewes at $2000 (2), while Cheryl Hornung, of Elmtree Dorpers, Mt Pleasant, SA, bought a ewe at $1850.

The top price in the commercial Dorper ewes was $750/head, bought via AuctionsPlus.

In the White Dorper ewes, the top price was $1700, paid twice, both ewes being bought by Lloyds White Dorpers, of Wagga, NSW. Lloyds also bought ewes at $1500 and $1050.

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