WSDA Welcomes Miss Violet Elder to the Board!
Miss Violet Elder lives in Newberg, Oregon, and has been in 4-H with her Dorpers for 5 years. When she was 10 years old, she starting showing a Dorper bottle baby named Layla, and fell in love with the breed! She has her own flock at her grandparents farm (Charlton Farms 2). She loves the functionality of the Dorper breed, and their purpose in the sheep industry.
Violet has been promoting Dorpers in Oregon with quite a bit success! This year, students in other 4-H clubs have complimented her, and she has sold her Dorper lambs to other 4-H members for their County Fair project. She has also been approached by her sheep superintendent asking her to start a Dorper Market Lamb Class and Breed Class! Violet hopes to further the Dorper breed in her state and beyond. She also plans to improve her herd with higher quality stock and attend more Dorper Shows around the United States. Violet attended this year’s Western States Dorper Show in Chico, California and placed 3rd overall with her Yearling Ram. She was very excited to do so well considering it was her first Dorper Show. While at the WSDA show in Chico, she became a Junior Board Member. She is very excited to facilitate the Junior Program and will do her best to help WSDA grow. She plans to get more kids involved in Dorpers, and she can't wait to see where things go!!
WSDA Welcomes two new Youth Members to our Association!
Kyle Rocha, age 14 (left photo below), and his cousin, Ryan Rocha, age 17 (right photo below) are from the Rocha Sheep Ranch in Galt, California. Kyle has been in 4-H for two years showing Holstein heifers at the Sacramento County fair. When he first saw a Dorper, he was impressed with their beauty and size, and knew that he wanted one (or more)! Ryan has been in FFA for several years showing both Holstein heifers and boer goats at the Sacramento County fair. Ryan said that he loves the Dorper's color, size, and that they grow so fast so there is a quick turnaround which can add to profitability.
Kyle and Ryan started raising Barbados sheep a couple years ago, but never really liked working with them. They sold their Barbados and got two registered Painted Deserts, and then discovered Dorpers. They plan to keep their Painted Deserts, and establish a small breeding herd of Dorpers. They also plan to show Dorpers in 4-H and FFA at the Sacramento County Fair, despite knowing that they will be the only Dorpers there! However, they aren't afraid of this, and think that once other kids see their Dorpers, they will want one too, especially if they do well at the auction! The parents and grandparents of Ryan and Kyle are very supportive and thrilled with their new interests.