Breeders from Cape, Ermelo claim Royal Show sheep trophies

2011-06-02 00:00

“IT was a tough competition,” said one of the spectators who was watching the inter-breed and supreme sheep championships at the Royal Showgrounds yesterday.

About 700 sheep were showcased in the sheep and wool expo, now in its 12th year.

The sheep championships were divided into four major categories — the supreme champion ewe, reserve to champion ewe, supreme champion ram and reserve to supreme champion ram.

The supreme winners walked away with R1 000 cash, a floating trophy and a Royal Show rosette.

Bossie Clarke, a breeder from Rondebosch in Cape Town, won the trophy for the best ram presented at the show.

“It was a tough competition because the standard of all the sheep was very high,” a delighted Clarke told The Witness.

“It’s great to see a plan coming together.”

The owner of the winning supreme champion ewe is Henk Moller, from Amersfoort in Ermelo. He was all smiles when he fetched his trophy. His hyperactive, 36-month-old ewe would not keep still.

“It’s nice. It’s also an honour to have won. The Royal Show is a well organised event,” said Moller.

On Monday he won an interbreed competition as well.

Both supreme champions events were organised by the Ile de France breed society.

There is a lot of preparation that goes into showcasing the best of breeds.

The breeders said they pay a lot of attention to the sheeps’ diet and training, and walk miles with them in the fields to keep them fit.

Said a breeder, “Sometimes I let my sheep sleep indoors to protect them from being stolen.”

The judge, Danie Schoeman, who has been judging since 1972, said he was impressed with the inter-breed sheep this year and it was very difficult to decide the winners.

“I’ve seen the best sheep that I’ve ever seen before. I’ve also seen the worst entries too,” said Schoeman.

He said the competition was of a high standard and that the breed characteristics were strong and well balanced.

“The sheep portrayed the potential of being good meat.”

The full results are to be published in The Witness.

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