West Midlands Southdown Group Spring Gather

The West Midlands Southdown group are having a Spring gather on Saturday 29 April hosted by Miriam Parker's Buckland flock.

The day will focus on this spring's lambing and ewe feeding and what can be adjusted in light of results. Independent sheep consultant Kate Phillips will lead the discussions, with the day kicking off at 1030.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to confirm with Miriam by emailing miriam@livestockwise.co.uk or calling 01743 884483.

Southdown Sheep Society Council

Southdown Sheep Society Council

 The annual election for council members will take place at the AGM in October. All members are eligible to stand for election to Council and if you would like to know more about what is involved in this role please do not hesitate to make contact with the Chairman, or any member of Council. The deadline for submission of nominations papers is April 1st. Forms are available to download from the Society website, or call the office for a paper copy.

The Brompton Flock takes the 2016 National Championship title

The Brompton Flock takes the 2016 National Championship title


Top honours in the 2016 Southdown Sheep Society National Flock Competition go to the Glaves family’s Brompton Flock from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, with DG & MY Crundwell’s Ladywell Flock from Langton Green, Kent, being awarded the Reserve Champion Flock title. Both these flocks were entered in Class B for flocks comprising 10 – 39 ewes.

Winners of Class A for flocks of 40 ewes or more is Messrs Wakeham-Dawson & Harmer’s Ridings Flock from Offham, East Sussex.

Taking the honours in Class C, the Novice competition for flocks not having previously won a first prize, is the Huntspill Flock of Megan Chilcott and Percy Clatworthy from Highbridge, Somerset.  

Judge Mrs Alexandra Long from Kent commented that she was impressed with all class winners, but was especially impressed by the entries in class B where she considered that the quality and attention to detail were paramount. Most impressive of all flocks in this year’s competition was the Brompton Flock, where Southdown lamb, born and reared on the farm, is sold in the family butcher’s shop. The carcases on display in the shop are “a lesson for any breeder”, said Mrs Long. The Brompton Flock is also awarded the Hobgen salver for the best intake of shearling ewes.

Suffolk breeder Mrs Amy Readhead-Higgins achieved success with her Sutherland Flock, picking up the award for the best ewe lambs, in addition to the Jim Cresswell trophy for the best rams.

Mr & Mrs Crundwell’s Ladywell Flock receives the Paynter Wool trophy for the flock with the best wool, in addition to being awarded the Noakes trophy for best three lambs of each sex, sired by a named ram which is present and shown. 

The Beryl Marsh trophy for the best newcomer is awarded to Megan Chicott and Percy Clatworthy.

In her summing up of this year’s competition, judge Mrs Long made particular mention of new entrant Louise Chiswell - as a new entrant to farming and sheep, Louise rents in grass keep and stables for her sheep and fits all shepherding duties around the “day/night job” of milking.

Mrs Long thanked the Society and all the members who took part in the 2016 Flock Competition, concluding that it had been “most pleasurable and enlightening” to see flocks at home.