Ram inspections 2021

The DSBA Council intend to carry out inspections of ram lambs for flocks that have not yet registered five crops of rams.  The Council intend to hold inspections at centres across the country.  The following dates and venues have been set.  Please keep in touch with the Secretary and or the designated co-ordinator for details of booking in your ram lambs for inspection.  It is hoped that these events will be informative and useful to members, whether they bring sheep for inspection or come to learn more about the breed.

Please remember all sheep, including this years lambs must be shorn by the end of July.

Venue Date Inspectors Co-ordinator Contact details
Welshpool Market 18th September 2021 Mrs L Jackson & Ms C Nugent Mr Scott Hamer 079 218 5575
Exeter Market 29th October 2021 Mr M Mortimore & Mr D Mortimore Mrs Ann Rickson 01404 43489
Gillingham & Shaftsbury 30th October 2021 Mrs A Rickson  & Mrs S Champion Miss Christine Nugent 079 9077 8857
Three Counties Showground 31st October 2021 Mrs S Champion & Mrs R Gatrill Mrs Doreen SmillieGray 01531 640102
Skipton 3rd November 2021 Mrs R Gatrill & Ms C Nugent Mrs Penny Paisley 01943 816068
Carlisle 5th November 2021 Miss C Nugent & Mrs R Gatrill Mrs Gill Short 01434 673453
Leek 6th November 2021 Mrs L Jackson & Ms C Nugent Mr Scott Hamer 079217 85575
Llandovery 7th November 2021 Ms C Nugent & Mr M Thompson Mrs Carol Bateman 01874 636549

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.

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