Breeder of champions

2014-05-26 00:00

THE long trip from Vereeniging proved to be well worth it for first-time exhibitor Cailein Dytor of McKay Boerbok Boerdery, when his ram was named Supreme Champion and his ewe the Reserve Champion at this year’s Royal Show.

His Boer goat stud was also named the breeder of champions at this year’s championships at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Earlier in the day the ram had been named senior champion in its class, and two of his ewes were named reserve senior and junior champion in their breed classes.

Dytor, who has only been in the business of breeding goats for a year, was thrilled with his success.

“I’m really enjoying breeding goats, it’s really worthwhile,” he said, adding that he would definitely be returning to the show in 2015.

Dytor’s prizes for breeding the supreme ram on show were R1 000, a rosette and ribbon from Standard Bank, a Royal Show medallion and rosette and the Durban Wool and Mohair Brokers Trophy (Ram).

He also received R500, a rosette and ribbon from Standard Bank, the Corriedale Sheep Breeders Society Floating Trophy and a Royal Show rosette for breeding the Reserve to the Supreme Champion ewe.

The owner of the Supreme Champion ewe for 2014 was Schalk van Wyk of Wyksrus Boerbok Stoet in Nigel, Gauteng.

Last year the ewe, which was the senior champion in its breed class, was named runner-up to the Supreme Champion at the Royal, and Van Wyk couldn’t contain his delight at having gone one better this year.

“I’m thrilled with the win. This is the second year that I’ve come to the show and I will always support it,” he told The Witness.

For breeding the Supreme Champion ewe, he received the Durban Wool and Mohair Brokers Trophy (Ewe), a Royal Show medallion and rosette, and the Standard Bank cash prize of R1 000, rosette and ribbon.

Albert van Zyl, of Soedorings Boergoats in Hoopstad, Free State, bred this year’s reserve champion ram. He received a cash prize of R500, a rosette and ribbon from Standard Bank, the Cedric Hart Floating Trophy and a Royal Show rosette.

Earlier in the day two of Van Zyl’s rams had been named junior champion and reserve junior champion.

Gerald du Plessis, from Joshua Boerbok Stoet in Harrismith in the Freestate, bred this year’s reserve senior champion ram and the junior champion ewe.

Jonathan Tyler, who runs the sheep section at the Royal, described this year’s goat championships as “incredible”, adding: “It’s been the best quality ever.”

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