At present the Association only inspect ram lambs from flocks that have bred and registered less than five crops of rams . All females are considered for registration by the breeder, and registered by them 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. 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.
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.
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
Meads Farm, Harford,
Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 0JQ