Covid 19 and ram lamb 2020 inspections

This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be inspecting ram lambs, so we will not be  sending inspectors out on farm and not facilitating any inspection centres.

We recognise that some members do need some guidance with selecting their ram lambs and we will be offering an opportunity for members to provide photos so the inspectors can guide members in their selection (or not).
Therefore, those members who require some guidance in their selection of  a ram lamb (maximum of 2) for registration/studding are asked to submit photographs via the Online Ram Lambs Inspections from below.
Please select your best ram lamb or best 2 ram lambs for the inspectors to assess. We are limiting the selection to up to 2 ram lambs.

  • First check the teeth are aligned on the gum correctly.
  • Check there are two testicles in the scrotum.

If the ram fails on the above, do not proceed any further with consideration of registration.

  • Please take good quality photographs as we can only assess what is clearly shown. When you take your photographs make sure you are down at the animal’s level so that a clear view of all these points is provided. The following views are required
  • Face and head, showing top of head and ears
  • Front end showing legs and chest
  • Back end showing legs, tail and scrotum
  • Side view to show back, with lamb standing along the side of a hurdle to give an idea of size of the animal
  • Close-up of fleece

Please only use the form provided as it will provide all of the details needed for inspectors to consider the lambs.

A green set tag with DM followed by 4 digits will be issued to those members whose rams would have normally required an inspection.

Females are issued with Shearwell set tags by the DSBA.  These tags have the year of birth and the flock number on them. The ram lambs that are self studded are issued   with a small metal tag issued by the DSBA that has DM and four numbers on it, a unique identifier to that ram.

Ram 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.   Ram lambs are subject to an inspection, as mentioned above.  However, as we are all dealing with the COVID19 pandemic, we are not in a position to plan for autumn inspections.

Council has set up venues for members to bring their Dartmoor rams and ewes to be inspected for registration, these registration centres will be at markets or similar venues where annual inspections can be organised. However, under the current COVID 19 restrictions we are not able to confirm any venues. Instead you can complete the online form below where you can send pictures or a video of up to 2 ram lambs for inspection.

Online Ram Lamb Inspections 2020


A guidance booklet on presenting ram lambs for inspection has been prepared and can be accessed by clicking the link

For further information please contact

Ann Willcocks
Meads Farm, Harford,
Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 0JQ
01752 892312