Young ewe is grand champion

2013-05-27 00:00

THE long journey from Vrede in the Free State proved to be well worth it for Ilse Lombard after her young Boer goat ewe was named junior champion, grand champion and Royal Agricultural Show supreme champion ewe at this year’s South African Boer Goat regional championships at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg.

Lombard, from the Ilse Lombard Boergoat Stud, was stunned by her success. “I thought she might be first in her class, but I never expected her to be the grand champion or the supreme champion,” she told The Witness.

For her efforts Lombard received the Standard Bank cash prize of R1 000, a rosette and ribbon, the Durban Wool & Mohair Brokers Trophy and a Royal Show medallion, ribbon and rosette.

The reserve to the supreme champion was an older ewe bred by Schalk van Wyk, of Wyksrus Boerbokstoet in Nigel, Gauteng. The ewe was also named senior champion.

Van Wyk received R500 from Standard Bank, a rosette and ribbon, and the Corriedale Sheep Breeders Society Floating Trophy and a Royal Show rosette.

Van Wyk collected more prizes when another ewe from his farm was named reserve senior champion ewe and a ram was named senior champion. The ram was later named reserve grand champion ram on show.

The grand champion ram, meanwhile, was a young Boer goat, bred by Albert van Zyl, of Soetdoerings Boergoats in Hoopstad, Free State, which was also named junior champion. Another animal from Van Zyl’s farm was named reserve to the senior champion ram.

Other key prizes went to Gerald du Plessis, of Josua Boerdery in Harrismith, who’s young ram was named reserve junior champion; and Celeste Hipkin, from Standerton, who took home the prize for reserve junior champion ewe.

This year, for the first time, the Royal hosted breeders of South African Kalahari Red goats.

Frans Kraftt, of Zululand Kalahari Red in Empangeni, was the big winner at the weekend taking home prizes for the junior champion and reserve junior champion ram, senior champion and reserve senior champion ram, and the senior champion and reserve senior champion ewe.

Speaking to The Witness, Kraftt said: “It was my first Royal and I’m very happy … I’ll definitely be back here again next year and next time I’ll be much better prepared.”

The junior champion ewe was bred by Mr F. van Zyl.

Kevan Collocott, who with his wife Vanessa, breed Boer goats at The Blue Orange Farm in Balgowan, helped arrange the show. “The next mission is to get the nationals here in 2014. If we can do it we could have up to 1 300 animals on show!,” he said.

Over at the neighbouring Sheep and Wool Expo, crowds were entertained by a series of fashion shows and watched demonstrations of sheep shearing.

Members of the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs) were on hand to demonstrate traditional spinning.

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