Eastern Region News Archive
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Open Day 22 June 2014
Tom Green leading a lively deabte about the pros and cons of foot trimming at Danny and Maria Palmer's Open Day near Ipswich in May 2014.
The day also included spinning demonstrations, use of sheep halters, practising with injections and dagging shears, and demonstrations on sheepskin production. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Maria's superb Brazilian hospitality.
News & Events In 2013
Winter Regional Meeting Sunday 3 November 2013, Elton Village HallBoth the judges of our flock competition generously gave of their time to come to the winter meeting to present their results. It was much appreciated to have them with us.We also had a presentation from Tom Green and Lisa Adams on the vexed question of when to worm, with what and how often. This was followed by lively discussions on items coming up at the next JSS Council meeting and how things should proceed in the region.
Winter Regional Meeting Sunday 3 November 2013, Elton Village Hall
Both the judges of our flock competition generously gave of their time to come to the winter meeting to present their results. It was much appreciated to have them with us.
We also had a presentation from Tom Green and Lisa Adams on the vexed question of when to worm, with what and how often. This was followed by lively discussions on items coming up at the next JSS Council meeting and how things should proceed in the region.
Flock competition 18/19/20 October 2013
Richard Chapman and Nicola Fletcher judged our flock competition and said they were very pleased to see very impressive "flocks" of sheep, rather than individuals. The best large flock went to Jane Woodbridge and Martin Wallis who also won best ewe and best ewe lamb. Best small flock went to Ben Coe who also won best ram lamb. Best ram was won by Trish Baker.
Eastern Region Autumn Show
East of England Showground, Peterborough, 13 October 2013
Seven exhibitors braved the weather and it was good to have new and young members alongside experienced stalwarts. Huge thanks to Robert Locker for coming all the way from Scotland to Judge and there was great praise for his judging of the sheep off their leads.
Show Champion, best ram lamb and best four-horned sheep went to Ben and Tori Stanley's ram lamb (on the right) and Reserve Champion, best ewe lamb and best opposite sex to the Champion went to John Dixon's ewe lamb, superbly shown by John's grandaughter Caitlan Fincham (left).
There was a good turnout in the Handler classes with Caitlan Fincham winning the under 8 years and Tom Spalton winning the 8-16 years. the Novice Handler class is shown below with, from left to right: winner, Brogan Cranfield, Tom Spalton, Tom Collins and Joanna Collins.
The welcome return of the Fancy Dress class proved a great highlight, with an extremely high standard. From left to right: Tom Collins Dracula (winner) was almost repelled by Amy Ferguson with her Chef's garlic and Danni Boland's cowboy group with the hairiest Minihaha we have ever seen. Such fun!!
Eastern Region Show & Sale 2013
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on 13/14 September
There were 83 Jacob entries at this busy show and sale and prices held up well on the Saturday. Richard Chapman judged the sheep classes on Friday. Here is the ram class being judged.
The Haworth Family's very smart ewe won the ewe class and Reserve Champion, Lisa Adams pulled off a well-earned double, winning the ewe lamb and ram lamb classes, and Bob Bramley's lovely ram lamb wom its class and The Championship.
Bob Bramley with his Champion ram lamb, Richard Chapman and Gavin Haworth with his Reserve Champion ewe.
Grassroots provided a new service of kinship analysis on site to establish the degree of relationship between sheep at the sale and owners registered sheep, allowing gene pools to be optimised.
Full results are on Grassroots website but headlines are: average ewe price was £110.57 with a top price of 182gns; average ewe lamb price was £94.57 with a top price of 135gns; average ram price was £128.57 with a top price of 320gns; average ram lamb was £210 with a top price of 390gns.
Open Day Sunday 18 August 2013
It was a lovely sunny day for the Open Day at Wildwood, home of Paul Kermeen and Joy King and the Fineshade flock. June and Alan Smith gave an excellent master class showing how to prepare sheep for showing and the ins and outs they have learnt during their showing experiences. They were very generous with their time and encouraged everyone to have a go, including one of our newest and youngest members, Rafferty Van Romunde just 21 months old! Here he is carding a ewe lamb with Alan.
We had a bit of excitement when the shearling escaped from the barn and several geriatrics tried to corner her, but it took the youthful Tom Green to get her back under control.
The ewe lamb and shearling had been washed three days before the Open Day and left to dry. Alan started first with the carding and June followed on with the trimming. They worked seamlessly together and in only a short time the results were amazing. They certainly didn't look like our sheep.
After lunch there were tours of the house, CCTV, sheepskins and movement licence exhibits on offer. People went to see the rest of the flock in the fields returning to the barn for a ewe lamb and shearling assessment competition. John Fozzard very kindly took us through the finer points of what to look for in a Jacob.
Judging from the comments I have received since, it was an enjoyable day and our newer members learnt a great deal.
Huge thanks to everyone who came, especially June, Alan, John and Jane.
News & Events in 2011
Eastern Region Autumn Show- 10th October
The finale of the Eastern region showing calendar is the ever popular Autumn show. This was a busy day of showing for many exhibitors as they had entered in both our own Jacob show and the main Exhibition. In the Hill & Heath section of the main event, 4 out of six class winners forward for the championship were Jacobs (the commentator was very complementary about how far the Jacob breed had come) with the Hill & heath championship finally awarded to Alan & June Smith’s shearling ram. In our own Jacob show, Richard Chapman did an excellent job of judging a large entry. Tori & Ben
Eastern Region Open day 5th September 2010
Kilby Grange Farm, Fleckney Road, Kilby, Wigston, Leicester. LE18 3TB.
11am to 4pm on Sunday 5th September 2010
The Eastern region Open day was held at Kilby Grange Farm on the 5th September. This was a successful day with a sheepdog demonstration by international and national triallist Nij Vyas. The “spirited” Jacob cross ewes were worked beautifully by two of Nij’s sheepdogs whilst he explained how he trained his dogs, and the importance of a good dog. Local butcher, Marcus Stevens of Ullesthorpe, was on hand to assess a pen of Jacob fat lambs and demonstrate what to look out for selecting lambs for the market or fatstock shows.
Eastern Region Show and Sale- 10th & 11th September.
Melton show & sale had one of the highest entries of Jacobs forward this year. It was great to see so many new and existing Jacob members visiting our stand to say hello and watch the showing of the sheep on Friday. The championship was awarded to Miss L. Adams’ ewe lamb which later sold for 200gns with the reserve awarded to Mr & Mrs J
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Rutland Show 2010 - a fantastic turnout with 9 exhibitors and over 40 Jacobs present
Rutland Champion 2010 - Shearling Ewe owned by Alan and June Smith and shown by their granddaughter, Danni Boland
Rutland Reserve Champion 2010 - Ewe lamb from Ben and Tori Stanley
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