At present the Association only inspect ram lambs from flocks that have bred and registered less than five crops of rams (a). All females are registered by the breeder, at their discretion.
The purpose of inspection is to maintain the traditional Breed Standard as closely as possible. Those sheep which are accepted as having achieved the Breed Standard qualify for entry into the Association Flock Book and are issued with a small metal tag. This applies to the ewe lambs.
Members are strongly encouraged to keep only the very best of their ram lambs as entire males. Rearing ram lambs is not an easy task. They require careful feeding and segregation from females for obvious reasons. There is a very limited market for pedigree Greyface Dartmoor rams. Often only the very best will sell. It is vital to ensure that any ram you are considering keeping entire with a potential to submit for inspection, meets not only the breed standards, but is well grown and correct in teeth, testicles and toes.
The flock registration form is submitted in June. This collates the details of the lambs born into the flock in that year. Only lambs that warrant registration should be included in the registration. The females applied for will receive a metal tag from the Association denoting their pedigree status and entry into the Flock Book. Ram lambs are subject to an inspection (a).
For the future, Council intends to set up venues so that members can bring their Dartmoor rams and ewes to be registered, these registration centres will be at markets or similar venues where annual inspections can be organised.
For further information please contact
Meads Farm, Harford,
Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 0JQ