Breed Promotion News
Breed Promotion In 2016
The Wool Cup will take place at the AGM in Wales 30th April 2016 - all enquiries can be made via the Wales Regional page (click here)
Archive News From Breed Promotion
Woolfest 2014 will be held on Friday 27 June 10 am-6 pm & Saturday 28 June 10 am-5 pm at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QQ.
It's a great day out to celebrate the best of wool. with lots of opportunitues to take part in creative projects, find out about a new craft skill at one of the demonstrations, meet makers & designers, learn about British wool & rate native breeds. There will also be a fleece sale too. For more information visit the Woolfest website.
New Society Logo
The Jacob Sheep Society brand is evolving! We are moving to a new logo design, created and donated by artist and fellow JSS member, Caroline Gould and recommended to us by the Breed Promotion Committee.
This is the third logo in the Society's history and brings us up to date with a clear, crisp design for the 2010's, easily reproduced on clothing and merchandise and striking to represent the breed.
You will see a transition to the new logo over the next year which we hope you will like.
Robert Locker, Chairman
2014 Ireland AGM - Wool Cup, Photo Competition & Pat Bromley Trophy Results
The winner of the Best Wool Exhibit was Beryl Thompson who also won the Dutch Cup and the Aileen Kennedy Trophy. Beryl was also part of the Northern Region whose entires took first place for the best regional group. The Wool Cup was judged by Dorothy Pendry. The results from the judging are:
Regional - 1. Northern, 2. Scotland, 3. Wales, 4. South West
Individual - 1. Beryl Thompson, 2. Elizabeth Roberts, 3. Rachel Gibb, 4. Aileen Simpson, 5. Beryl Thompson, 6. Geraldine Fletcher
Highly Commended - 1. Catherine Harding, 2. Linda McKendrick, 3. Judy Bell, 4. & 5. Brenda Howell
Handspun - 1. & 2. Beryl Thompson, 2. Elizabeth Roberts, 4. Ruth Cherry
The photo competition was very successful with many excellent entries. The categories were Show Time, Lambing Time and Jacobs and Friends. The competition was judged by Angela Gilbert. The two winning photos from Show Time and Lambing Time by Nicola Fletcher are below and the results from the competition are as follows:
Jacobs & Friends - 1. Mike Reynolds, 2. & 3. Siwan Harries, 4. & 5. Mike Reynolds, 6. Melanie Harper
Lambing Time - 1. Nicola Fletcher, 2. Mike Reynolds, 3. Clive Richardson, 4. Melanie Harper, 5. Clive Richardson, 6. Sharon Colhoun
Show Time - 1. & 2. Nicola Fletcher, 3. Sharon Colhoun, 4. Siwan Harries, 5. Bryn George, 6. Melanie Harper
The Pat Bromley Trophy was awarded to Mairi Connor for an outstanding young person involved with promoting the Jacob breed. Well done and congratulations to Mairi!
Jacob Sculptures at Charlecote Park
Here's a lovely video of the Jacob sheep sculptures that have been commissioned by Charlecote Park (JSS flock No.5), near Stratford-upon-Avon, to celebrate their Jacobs.
The ram, Major Mustard, Mabel the ewe and lambs Minty and Pickles have all been created using a chainsaw and the end sculptures look just great! Take a look at the video below to see the process from start to finish. You can even visit the sculptures on August 10 at the Central Region's Open Day which is being held at Charlecote Park. For more information visit the Central Region's News page here.
Wool Cup 2014 Entry Form
The entry form for the 2014 has been posted out with the winter edition of the Journal. However, if you have misplaced your entry form & would like to enter please click here to download a PDF version of the form.
Please note entries must be submitted by March 14 2014 & early notification of entries to Beryl Thompson is much appreciated.
Winter 2013 Breed Promotion Report by Lisa Adams, Chairman
When you have a warm, sunny spell in October it always feels like you are cheating a few extra days from the winter. It makes a nice change when sorting tupping groups in nice weather. However, once the tups were in the groups the “all weather” raddle crayons proved a bit too soft and a phone call from my brother (who has been shepherding my Jacobs while I have been working away) soon confirmed this. “Lisa, your sheep look like the minions from Despicable Me” came the response when I enquired how tupping was going. For those who haven’t seen the film, think yellow all over.
Anyway, back to business! There have been a couple of changes to the Breed Promotion committee since our last meeting; we have two new committee members and we welcome Chris Slee (South West) and Gabriel McCole (Ireland). I would like to thank Vicky Hammond, Geraldine Fletcher and John & Freda Fozzard for all their help representing their respective regions. You have been invaluable!
Over the next six months the Breed Promotion committee is looking at ways to improve the visual impact of our Society stands. There has been a real focus this year on targeting a specific audience, i.e. a commercial/cross breeding focus at NSA events whereas at smallholder and open days the focus has been on promoting Jacob sheep and their versatility as a pure breed.
Looking back over the previous six months, it has been a good year with excellent turnouts at agricultural shows and some notable interbreed successes which are always pleasing to read in the national farming press! In addition to this the regional sales received their fair share of media coverage with a new record breed price achieved at St. Boswells.
With Christmas fast approaching, we have stocks of cards and notelets available from our on-line shop, or alternatively you can get things from Bob Bramley who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smallholder Magazine Article
For those of you who have not seen it, Janet East, past Breed Promotion Chairman, has written an article about Jacob sheep which has recently been published in Smallholder magazine.
Although the edition of the magazine is no longer available to buy in the newsagents, you can read the online version of it by clicking here.
Countryfile February 10 2013 - Adam Henson Introduces His Jacob Sheep
Woolfest 2012 is happening again this year at Cockermouth, Cumbria on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June. It's set to be even bigger this year with over 160 stalls to fulfill your wool and craft needs.
Continuing on the success of last year's Woolfest, Dianne Hall will be there to represent the Society and will have on display many beautiful handcrafted Jacob wool items as well as hanks of Jacob yarn, fleeces, patterns and kits for sale.
Woolfest is a celebration of natural fibres and all things wool. All aspects of wool are celebrated from hill farming and rare breed fleece animals to the latest craft techniques and creations.
Why not pop along to show your support for the Society and our woolly friends the Jacob sheep. Doors open 10.00 am each day and entrance costs £6.00 per day.
JSS Stand Wins Gold Medal
The Jacob Sheep Society has been awarded a medal for their stand at the Devon County Show this year which took place over the 17, 18 and 19 May. The stand took first place and the gold medal award in the category for the exhibit which best promotes a breed of sheep.
Vicki Hammond, Breed Promotion Representative for the South West Region, and her team worked extremely hard in the run up to the show and during the show itself to get the stand looking so good.
The stand featured information about Jacobs as well as fantastic photos of the breed and there was also JSS merchandise for sale. The stand showcased the Jacob fleece for its use in crafts such as skins, handpsun wool and other handcrafted items. Jane Moor, a local spinner also was present on the stand for the three days that the show ran promoting the breed by spinning with Jacob fleece. Well done to everyone who was involved and congratulations on your award!
AGM Prize Winners
The Society's National AGM took place recently between the 27 & 29 April and was kindly hosted by the Southern Region this year. New post holders for positions such as Society President, Chairman and Breed Promotion Chairman were handed over at the event which was also attended by our Patron the HRH Princess Alexandra.
A great time was had by all attendees and over the weekend a few competitons were held and judged such as The Wool Cup. The results are as follows:
The Wool Cup - Winners, Southern Region
Eileen Kenney Trophy - Winner, Dianne Hall
The Pat Bromley Trophey - Winner, James Leonard of Wales
Journal Prize - Winner, Calum Smith from the Central Region
Jacob Sheep & Animal Friends
1. Nicola Fletcher, 2. Mike Reynolds, 3. The Milners, Highly Commended, Vicki Hammond
Shepherd & Flock
1. Mike Reynolds, 2. Betty Palmer, 3. Mike Reynolds, Highly Commended, Mike Reynolds
1. Stan Taylor, 2. Robert Locker, 3. Lesley Partridge, Highly Commended, The Milners
To view a photo slideshow of the Wool Cup & Eileen Kennedy Trophy entries, click on play button below. Well done to all of our winners and see you all at next years AGM!
Breed Promotion Committee Meeting, February 2012
A very successful Breed Promotion committee meeting was held on Saturday 11 February. The meeting was kindly hosted by Jean Simmons at her home in Staffordshire. Jean made all of the regional representatives very welcome and kept us all well-fed and fuelled up on tea and coffee. A big thank you to Jean for your hospitalty.
The committee felt that Society members may like to know about some items that are on the horizon that have come about as a result of the meeting.
Firstly, Janet East, has written a very interesting and informative article about the Jacob breed that will be published in a forthcoming edition of Smallholder magazine. Vicky Hammond will also have an article about the breed published in a forthcoming edition of Devon Life magazine. Publication dates will be updated on this page, so please check back for details.
This year again the Society will have a stand at Woolfest which will be held in Cockermouth, Cumbria on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June. Continuing on the success of last year's Woolfest, Dianne Hall will be there to represent the Society and will have on display many handcrafted items made from Jacob wool as well as hanks of Jacob yarn, fleeces, patterns and kits for sale.
Some new and exciting items are also soon to be added to the merchandising section of the website. A chic eco bag is planned which will hopefully be available in time for the annual AGM as well as variety pack of winter-themed Jacob cards.
Royal Mail have put together a sheet of six 1st class stamps featuring British farm animals and on this particular set, British sheep breeds. The Jacob is one of the six sheep breeds featured with the other five being: Welsh Mountain Badger Face, Dalesbred, Suffolk, Soay and Leicester Longwool.
The stamps are available to buy from the Royal Mail Online Shop and are available as a stamp set or as a cover with details of each breed and cancelled with a Sheepdrove, Lambourn, Hungerford postmark. The stamps will be issued on February 24.