Scottish Region News Archive
News & Events In 2012
A Festive Note
We would like to wish all JSS members, especially those in the Scottish Region, a happy and peaceful Christmas.
Thank you to all those who have attended events in the region, volunteered your help in many ways and also for attending shows and sales.
We hope that you all have a successful lambing and all the best for 2013!
Flock Competition Update
Regrettably the Scottish Region flock competition that was due to run between the 12-14 October has been cancelled for this year.
St. Boswells Show & Sale Report
John Swan Ltd, St Boswells conducted the official Scottish Regional Sale of Jacob Sheep on behalf of the Jacob Sheep Society Ltd.
The overall Champion was a Ram Lamb from Mrs H Baillie, Hyndshaw which sold for 1200gns to Mrs A Simpson, Whitedale, East Yorks. Shearling Rams sold to900gns from M/s Connor & Dalrymple to Mrs Fletcher, Blessington Co. Wicklow.
Ewes sold to 200gns from Mr Reilly Deer Park; Gimmers sold to 840gns from Mrs Baillie, Hyndshaw & 580gns Miss Kendall, Longdales; Ewe lambs sold to 650gns Mrs Baillie, Hyndshaw.
Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival 2012
The Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival will take place on Sunday 30 September at Forfar Market, Angus.
There are five classes for sheep (ram lamb, ewe lamb, ewe, ram and pair) in each of the five sections:
British Hill & Upland - e.g. Swaledale, Blackface, Herdwick, Cheviot etc.
Northern Short Tailed - e.g. Shetland, Hebridean, Soay, Boreray etc.
British Lowland - e.g. Suffolk, Jacob, Hampshire, Poll Dorset etc.
British Longwool - e.g. Border Leicester, Teesdale, Lincoln Longwool, Wensleydale etc.
Continental - Any
There will also be classes for best horns, butcher's lambs, wool on the hoof and Young Handlers as well as an award for the best livestock pens which is sponsored by the show's hosts Lawrie & Symington.
As well as the sheep classes, there are classes for pigs, goats, poultry & waterfowl plus a craft & produce show & a sausage competition. A programme of demonstrations & seminars will also run plus there will be local food & crafts.
For more information on the event as well as directions, times and tickets please click on the link below.
Scottish Region Flock Competition
The Scottish Region Flock Competition will be held between Friday 12 and Sunday 14 October 2012 and flocks will be judged by Mr S. Dodsworth & Mr W. Thompson.
To enter the flock competition, please send your completed entry form and a cheque made payable to the 'Jacob Sheep Society' to Gordon Connor at the address shown on the entry form. The fee for entering the flock competition is £15.00.
The closing date for entries has been extended until September 22 2012.
To download a PDF version of the entry form, please click here. Thank you and good luck with your entries!
Royal Highland Show 2012
Champion - Connor & Dalrymple, G & S
Reserve - Mr Robert Locker
Best Female Bred by Exhibitor, Best Four Horned Sheep, Best Bred by Exhibitor, Best Femal, Best Tup Bred by Exhibitor & Best Male - Connor & Dalrymple, G & S
Reserve Male & Group of Three - Mr & Mrs W Crowe
Best Ram Lamb & Best Wool on the Hoof - Mrs H Baillie
Reserve Female - Mr Robert Locker
To view the results in full please click here
Scottish Region Show & Sale
The Scottish Region Show & Sale will be held this year at John Swan Ltd. Auction Mart at Newtown St. Boswells Market on Tuesday 7 August. Our judge will be Mr Stephen Harrison.
Inspection of sheep will commence at 7.30 am, judging will begin at 10.30 am and the sale will follow at 12 noon.
The deadline for entries has been extended until the 25 July.
The NSA Scotsheep event was held at Dumfries House yesterday, June 6, and was attended by the Scottish Region with their JSS stand. A good but tiring day was had by all at the event. Lots of leaflets were handed out to potential new members and Jacob sheep keepers and we even had an impromtu talk about Jacobs given to a group of eager school children, by Chairman Robert Locker. We had lots of positive comments about our stand as well which was great to hear.
Prince Charles officially openen the event in the morning and BBC's Countryfile presenter Adam Henson was also there.
Scotsheep is Scotland's flagship event and is held every two years and attracts a large amount of sheep farmers from all over the country. Dumfries House was saved for the nation by Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, in 2007. The adjoining 900-acre farm is run as a joint venture between the Prince's charities and the UK's fourth largest supermarket group, Morrisons.
Thank you to Mike Munro for kindly lending two Jacob gimmers and a Jacob ewe with Texel cross lambs for the stand. Also thank you to Robert Locker and Wullie Thompson for helping out on the stand, Nigel Gibb for providing the lovely Jubilee planters and taking all the items for the stand up there the day before to set up and to Barbara Webster and Linda McKendrick for also helping out and bringing the sheep to the event.
Please click on the slideshow below to view photos from the day itself.
Young Handler's Workshop Day
Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Scottish Region Young Handler's Workshop which was held on Sunday 3 June at Dun-Mor, West Lothian.
In total nine youngsters attended the event and were put through their paces by Gordon Connor and Scott Dalrymple. The young handlers learned how to put a halter on correctly, wash a sheep and card out the wool before lunch time. Following lunch, they were shown how to dress a sheep using handshears and how to oil the horns. This was followed by a mock line-up with Robert Locker as judge who explained what features the judges are looking for in a sheep when in the show ring and how a sheep should be correctly presented to the judge.
The cup for Best Young Handler was awarded on the day and judge George Reid kept a close eye on proceedings throughout, finally coming to the decision that the cup should be awarded to Sammy Mitchell. Congratualtions Sammy! All youngsters received a certificate for successfully completing the workshop day.
Thank you to Gordon Connor and his family for their hospitality as well as Scott Dalrymple for showing the youngsters how to prepare their sheep for the show ring. Thank you also to George Reid for judging the youngsters and awarding the cup.
Young Handlers Workshop Day
The Scottish Region will be holding a Young Handlers Workshop Day for youngsters up to the age of 18 years old. This will be held at Dun-Mor (Connor &Dalrymple) on Sunday June 3 between 11am and 3pm.
The aim of the workshop is to show youngsters the basic points on preparing sheep for a show, how to handle sheep correctly in the ring as well as the correct way to put a halter on. This workshop is free to any youngsters aged 18 under and those aged 18 are welcome to come along too but you will not be included in any awards given out on the day!
The cup for the Best Young Handler will be judged at the workshop and will be awarded by Mr George Reid. Please note that the award for the Best Young Handler will therefore will not be given at the Scottish Region Show & Sale in August.
A packed lunch will be provided for all workshop participants and please remember to bring along old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or a change of clothes. If you are interested in attending or have children that would like to come along, please email your interest to the Scottish Region Representative, Gordon Connor, on firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the schedule that will run during the day and directions will be availble on this page nearer the time. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Scottish Region West Coast Trip
The trip away to the west coast for the Scottish Region will be held on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September 2012. During the trip we will be visitng four flocks, including those belonging to Duncan Robb, David Keys, Jill Bowiss and Jim Wilson. Accommodation will be available at the Royal Hotel in Oban.
If you are interested in attending, please forward name(s) to Regional Representative, Gordon Connor before 22 June. Due to the popularity of this trip away and the limited number of spaces, a deposit will be needed to secure places. Please send a cheque made payable to Gordon Connor (address at top of page) for £20.00 per person attending the trip. Sorry but the deposit is non-refundable.
More details about the trip and the itinerary will be updated on this page nearer the time.
Thank you and hope to see a good turnout for our trip which looks to be an interesting and enjoyable weekend!
Scottish Region AGM
The Scottish Region AGM will be held on Sunday, 26 February at The Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport. The meeting will start at 11.00 am and as per pervious meetings, lunch will be available. There will also be a raffle, and any donations towards this will be gratefully received.
Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8AU. Tel: 0131 333 4331.
News & Events in 2011
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
As the festive period approaches closely followed by the drawing to a close of 2011, the Jacob Sheep Society would like to thank all of its Scottish Region Members for their support and participation throughout 2011.
Whether you have judged a show, helped or took part in a show and sale, contributed to the Journal or came to watch the Jacob classes at many of the local agricultural shows, your support is greatly appreciated. It's fantastic to have so many members that are so enthusiastic about their Jacob sheep and at the same time also providing a great network of friends and support for one another.
A big thank you should also be mentioned again to Mike Munro for holding a very successful and interesting open day that was enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you also to those members and friends who came from across the Border or further afield to take part in the Scottish Region Show and Sale or even the Royal Highland Show, again your support and enthusiasm is fantastic and appreciated.
Below is a small photo slideshow of some scenes from 2011 for you to look back on and we would like to wish everybody not only in the Scottish Region but throughout the Society a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the shows and sales throughout 2012!
Scottish Region Open Day 2011 Report
An interesting and unusual open day awaited visitors at Kinloch Farm, Ladybank, Fife, the home of Mike Munro. Jacobs from Mike's Kinloch flock were penned to see along side his commercial crosses. Kinloch Jacobs are bred pure to produce replacements from the best ewes, then Texel tups sire the next generation. Progeny from these are then crossed with Beltex sires. Sheep were penned in their respective groups, through the generations together with explanations of carcass confirmation and fat classes.
A competition to guess the weight of 9 lambs (3 Jacob wethers, 3 Jacob x Texel, 3 Jacob x Texel x Beltex) was won by Debbie Harvey. In a family double, Mr Harvey came closest to guessing the dam and sire of the 4 lambs which proved to be a mixture of Zwartbles, mules, Jacob and Texel crosses.
Mike and his family went to a tremendous effort and provided a magnificent spread of bakery, kebabs, burgers and pies and on behalf of the Scottish Region, we would like to extend our thanks to them for hosting such a different and enjoyable open day.
Scottish Region Committee Meeting
The Scottish Region Committee Meeting will be held at the The Quality Hotel, Ingliston, Edinburgh on Sunday 6th November 2011 at 11.00 am.
Flock Competition Winners 2011
Winners Messers Connor & Dalrymple
Reserve Mr Robert Locker
Winners Mr & Mrs W & E Crowe
Reserve M & M Harper
Scottish Regional Show & Sale at St Boswells 9th August 2011
John Swan Ltd conducted the Scottish Regional Show & Sale of Jacob Sheep on behalf of the Jacob Sheep Society Ltd. Top price 850gns was for a 2 year old ram from Mr DW Harries, Carmarthenshire purchased by Mrs Mary Leggate. A Ram Lamb from Mr GF Harper sold for 650gns followed by 420gns for a ram lamb from Mrs H Baillie. Ewe Lambs sold to 340gns from B Johnstone, an Overage Ewe from Mrs H Baillie, Hyndshaw made 300gns and Gimmers sold to 300gns from Barbara Webster. The show champion was a Shearling Ram from Messrs Connor & Dalrymple which sold for 300gns.
Averages: 8 Ewes £105.92; 36 Gimmers £164.50; 6 Shearling Rams £171.50; 18 Ram Lambs £183.75; 29 Ewe Lambs £125.13.
Scottish Region Show & Sale Champion, a Shearling tup from Messers Connor & Dalyrymple
Championship line up showing (front right), 1st tup lamb from George Harper (centre front) the champion shearling tup from Messers Connor & Dalrymple (front left) Reserve Champion aged tup from DW Harries, (back left) 1st Gimmer from Messers Connor & Dalyrmple (back right) 1st ewe lamb from M&M Harper.
Ewe - 1st H Baillie, 2nd L Wilson & A Whitelaw
Gimmer - 1st Connor & Dalrymple, 2nd R Francis, 3rd Connor & Dalrymple
Ewe Lamb - 1st M & M Harper, 2nd D W Harries, 3rd D W Harries
Aged Ram - 1st D W Harries, 2nd Mrs R Blacknell
Shearling Ram - 1st Connor & Dalrymple, 2nd Mrs R Blacknell, 3rd H Walsh
Ram Lamb - 1st G Harper, 2nd Connor & Dalrymple, 3rd H Walsh
Champion Shearling Ram - Connor & Dalrymple
Reserve - G Harper (Ram Lamb)
Best Opposite Sex - M & M Harper (Ewe Lamb)
Royal Highland Show 2011 June 23rd-26th
Winners of the 2011 show were Messers Connor & Dalrymple from Bridgend with a Deerpark Ewe. This is the third consecutive win for the pair. Reserve Champion was a shearling tup from Mr Clive Richardson of Cumbria. Results are below.
|Aged Tup||Shearling Tup|
|1st||Messers Connor & Dalrymple||1st||Mr Clive Richardson|
|2nd||Mr C Richardson||2nd||Mrs E Crowe|
|3rd||Mr R Locker||3rd||Mr S Dodsworth|
|Tup Lamb||Ewe in milk|
|1st||Mr G Harper||1st||Messers Connor & Dalrymple|
|2nd||Mr R Locker||2nd||Mrs E Crowe|
|3rd||Mrs H Baillie||3rd||Mr R Locker|
|Gimmer||Ewe in milk in Full Wool|
|1st||Mr S Dodsworth||1st||Mr R Locker|
|2nd||Mrs E Crowe||2nd||Mrs M Leithead|
|3rd||Mrs E Crowe||3rd||M&M Harper|
|Ewe Lamb||Best Group of 3||Mrs E Crowe|
|Best 4 horned sheep||Messers Connor & Dalrymple|
|1st||Mrs E Crowe||
Messers Connor & Dalrymple
|Best Wool||Mr S Dodsworth|
|3rd||Messers Conner & Dalrymple||Best Bred Male||Mr C Richardson|
Best Bred Female
Most Points Messers Connor & Dalrymple
|Mr R Locker|
Supreme Champion - Messers Connor & Dalyrmple - Ewe
Reserve Champion - Mr C Richardshon - Shearling tup
Judge - Mr John Newborough of Lincolnshire
The Champion ewe from Messers Connor & Dalrymple, holding the new Miss Bartholomew memorial trophy. Clive Richardson pictured with his Reserve Champion shearling tup
Mr John Newbourough judges the ewe in milk and ewe in milk in full wool classes
Helen Baillie presents Steven Dodsworth with the new Best Woolled Sheep trophy.Isobell Nicolson helps Barbara Webster recover her tup lamb which escaped from the ring
The Shearling tup class being judged and Scott Dalrymple dressing his aged tup ahead of judging
- Proposed Workshop Day - we are looking to hold a workshop for young members and friends aged between 12 and 23. A similar event was held in the sounth and was a great sucess. The day will consist of working with sheep, the correct way to inject, pairing feet and getting sheep ready for shows etc. We will hopefully also get a local vet to give a talk on caring for sheep. This event is sponsored by the Pat Bromley Memorial Fund. Please contact Gordon if you would be interested in attending.
- Scottish Region AGM was held on Sunday 27th March 2011 Quality Hotel Ingliston with about 30 members and friends attending. Minutes to follow.
AGM at Ingleston
- Judges Forum 2011- There will be a Judges Forum held on 9th October 2011 at Dun-Mor, Bridgend starting at 11am. More details to follow.
New Members Joining in 2011
Mrs JM Andrews, Lower Coubister, Finstown, Orkney KW17 2ET
Mrs Clare Bailey, Cistern Croft, Brucklay, Maud, Aberdeenshire. AB42 4RD
Events in 2010
Flock Assessment & Competition
The bi-annual flock assessment and competition was judged on 1st, 2nd & 3rd October 2010 by Gavin Haworth and Howard Walsh from the Northern Region. The results were announced by the judges on 21st November 2010 at The Quality Inn, Ingleston and are listed below.
Best Large Flock - 1st Messers Connor & Dalrymple, 2nd Barbara Webster, 3rd Marion Leithead
Best Small Flock - 1st Helen Baillie, 2nd M&M Harper, 3rd Mr J McLean
Best Tup - 1st Barbara Webster, 2nd Messers Connor & Dalyrmple, 3rd Fiona Thornburn
Best Two Gimmers - 1st Linda McKendrick, 2nd Marion Leithead, 3rd Messers Connor & Dalrymple
Best Three Ewe Lambs - 1st Helen Baillie, 2nd Messers Connor & Dalyrmple, 3rd Robert Locker
Northern Area Show & Sale 2010, St Boswells
John Swan Limited held their annual Show and Sale of Jacob Sheep on Tuesday 10th August on Behalf of the Northern Area Jacob Sheep Society. The judge Mr Wyn Harries, Hope Farm, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire awarded the championship to a Shearling Ram from Mrs Barbara Webster's Carochy flock based in Newburgh, Fife. The Shearling later made 650gns, the top price of the day to Mr A Reilly of Dere Park flock near Edinburgh. Females were in high demand with buyers present from all parts of the UK including many new purchasers in attendance.
- Ewes per head: 220gns Mr S Mason ‘JURA’, 180gns Mrs B Webster ‘CAROCHY.’
- Gimmers:- 550gns, 440gns, 400gns G Conner & S Dalrymple ‘DUN-MOR,’ 370gns Mrs H Baillie ‘HYNDSHAW.’
- Ewe Lambs:- 300gns Mr I Smith ‘OAKTREE’ and R Locker ‘EDINGALE,’ 250gns Mrs H Baillie ‘HYNDSHAW,’ 220gns Mrs Fiona Thorburn ‘RAEKNOWES.’
- Aged Ram;- 520gns G Conner & S Dalrymple ‘DUN-MOR,’ 380gns B Webster ‘CAROCHY.’
- Shearling Rams:- 420gns, 220gns G Conner & S Dalrymple ‘DUN-MOR,’ 220gns B Webster ‘CAROCHY.’
- Ram Lambs:- 450gns Mrs H Baillie ‘HYNDSHAW,’ 400gns Mr D.W Harries ‘HOPE FARM.’
- Store Lambs:- £77, £70 Burnside. Cross Lambs:- £65, £52 Bogallan, £51, £50 Island flock, Isle of Kerrera, Oban.
Championship line-up. (Left)Aged tup from Messers Connor & Dalrymple, Barbara Webster's Chamipon shearling tup, Helen Baillie's tup lamb and a gimmer from Messers Connor and Dalrymple completes the line up.
The Scottish Region took the Breed Promotion stand to this event held at Mains of Burnbank, Blairdrummond, Stirling on Wednesday 2 June. The first fine, sunny day of June ensured an excellent turn out of visitors. Those helping on the stand including Gordon and Mairi Connor, Willie Thompson and Sheena, Helen Baillie and Robert Locker were able to speak with interested visitors, members and friends and give out the promotional leaflets. A highlight of the day was when Adam Henson from BBC Country File visited the stand.
Isobel Nicholson with Gordon, Mairi, Willie and Helen
Gordon Connor discusses Jacob Sheep with Adam Henson on a visit to the stand
Crossed Texel hoggs, kindly loaned by Mike Munroe
Royal Highland Show 2010
Following another very successful show, which saw Messers Connor & Dalyrmple take Champion honours with their gimmer, the committee would like to thank the 2010 judge, Mr Willie Thompson, Marion Leithead for giving the vote of thanks and Mary Connor for organising the post-judging party in the sheep lines afterwards. It was also very good to see both the Society Chairman, Gareth Jones, and the Secretary, Lousie Smith, attending the show this year.
The RHS Champion 2010 - a gimmer from Messers Connor & Dalrymple
The RHS Reserve Champion 2010 - a ewe from Mrs H Baillie
Scottish Region Open Day 2010
The Scottish Region visit to 'The North' took place on 9th & 10th October 2010. Leaving in the minibus from Bridgend and Perth were 13 members and friends, plus a convoy behind and others joining enroute.
Members headed first to Scot Robertson's Avonside flock at Easter Fodderletter near Tomintoul, Aberdeenshire where the Field Officers facilitated a judges seminar for full panel and provisional judges. With a quick stop for a wee dram at the Glenfiddich distillary enroute to Jenifer Milton's Cairdswood flock at Newton of Auchindachy, near Keith, Aberdeenshire. Members viewed the sheep and cattle and took part in a question and answer session sparking lively debate particularly about unregistered ewe lambs following on from the recent journal article. The Field Officer agreed to take on board the strong views of members where crossing unregistered Jacobs is a big feature of farming in Scotland. Taking leave from Keith, the tour headed to Nairn in Invernessshire where the party started for real!
The first Sunday visit was to Janie Frazer's Greenlands flock in Arabella, near Tain, Ross-shire. Memebers were able to view this large flock on a beautiful autumn day before heading south to view Cathy Urquhart's Balmore flock at North Kessock, Invernessshire.
Throughout the weekend, members were treated to exceptional hospitality and refreshements. The committee would like to thank the hosts and their families for allowing us to visit and making the whole weekend such a great experience.
Scot Robertson's Avonside Flock. Provisional Judges, Melanie Harper and Susan Bechelli take part in the judges seminar facilitated by the Field Officer, Jean Blacknell
Gordon Connor presents Scot Robertson with a present from the region for hosting the visit. A view across Aberdeenshire, home to the Avonside Flock.
Helen Baillie and Isolbell Nicolson head quickly to the bar for a wee dram in the Gelnfiddich Distillary
Members view Jenifer Milton's Cairdswood flock at Newton of Auchindachy
Moria, Jenifer, Jim and Gordon give their views during the Q&A session
The only printable picture of events in Nairn. Other photos of Isobel downing a vodka mix from Uncle Bob's Bar Football team's trophy are believed to be circulating on the internet!
Janie Frazer chats to Linda McKenrick about her Greenlands Flock in Ross-shire
Cathy Urquhart's Balmore Flock
Our weekend hosts - Cathy, Moria, Jenifer and Janie (just missing Scot!)
Border Union Show, Kelso 2010 - Judge, Linda McKendrick
Championship line-up. Championship honors go to M&M Harper's gimmer and Reserve Champion was Edward Stevenson's gimmer
Events From 2009
• Scotland Regional Open Day 2009, including a Judges Seminar - was held on 25th October 2009, by kind permission of Linda McKendrick, Fife, home to the Arnydie flock and winner of the 2008 small flock of the Year competition. Our Open day attracted some 45 members, judges and friends from the far North of Scotland down to the North of England. It was also a pleasure to see many new members attending. The day started off with a seminar for provisional and full panel judges. The theme of the seminar was 'consistency amongst all judges'. The main Open Day started at 12 o’clock and consisted of a stock judging competition, guess the year photo competition and a sheep dressing demonstration which was expertly facilitated by Scott Dalrymple. Winners of the various competitions are listed below.
On behalf of the Scottish Region, I would like to thank Linda for her hospitality and also Barbara Webster and Mike Munro for bringing along sheep from their flocks to add to the good show of sheep Linda herself showed.
Stock Judging Competition Winners
1st Equal Max Harper & Scott Robertson
3rd Mike Munro
Guess the Year Photo Competition
1st Equal Helen Baillie & Mairi Connor
Also announced at the Open Day were the winners of the 2009 'Flock of the year' competition, for competitors gaining most points at nominated shows in 2009. The winners are list below:
Winner - Large Flock 2009
Champion - G Connor & S Dalrymple
Reserve - B Webster
Winner - Small Flock 2009
Champion - Helen Baillie
Reserve - Linda McKendrick
Members visit the Arnydie Flock
Gordon thanks Linda for hosting the Scotland Region Open Day 2009
Barabar Webster presents Gordon, Scott and Helen, winners of the 'Flock of the year' competition with their trophies
• Autumn Committee Meeting of the Scottish Regional Committee took place on Sunday 27th September at Dobbies Garden Centre, Edinburgh to discuss events and arrangments for next year. More details to follow.
• National AGM Weekend; took place on 24th to 26th April 2009 with flock visits to Brockielaw, Harbell, Auldhill, Dunmor and Edingale flocks, plus a trip around the Mordun Foundation.
The Edingale Flock The Dumor Flock
The Harbell Flock The Cavers Flock
The President, Stan Taylor, and the Deputy Patron, Lady Aldington cutting the 40th anniversary cake.
• Northern Area Show & Sale – The Premier centre to buy Jacob sheep in 2009 was held on 11th August in association with John Swan Ltd at St Boswells, near Melrose.
Melanie Harper with her Champion ewe lamb The championship line up at the Northern Area
sold to Mrs Ruth Guy for 600gns. Show and Sale 2009
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