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

Ram inspections 2023

The DSBA Council will carry out inspections of ram lambs for flocks that have not yet registered five crops of rams.  The Council will 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. Please birth notify your ram lambs prior to 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 have been  shorn by the end of July.

Venue Date Inspectors Co-ordinator Contact details
Welshpool Market 16th September 2023 Mrs L Jackson/Mr W Dawe Mr Scott Hamer 079 218 5575
Exeter Market 26th October 2023 Mrs Ann Rickson 01404 43489
Gillingham & Shaftsbury 28th October 2023 Miss Christine Nugent 079 9077 8857
Three Counties Showground 29th October 2023 Mrs Doreen SmillieGray 01531 640102
Skipton 1st November 2023 Mrs A Martin & Mr D Martin/Mrs R Gatrill Mrs Penny Paisley 01943 816068
Carlisle 3rd November 2023 Mr & Mrs A Martin Mrs Gill Short 01434 673453
Leek 4th November 2023 Mrs A Martin & Mr D Martin/Mrs R Gatrill Mr Scott Hamer 079217 85575
York 9th November 2023 Mr M Mortimore & Mrs R Gatrill Mrs Penny Paisley 01943 816068
Norfolk 7th October 2023 Mr & Mrs Hampstead Mrs J Hampstead 0797 9600 297
Truro TBC Mrs Ann Rickson 01404 43489

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.


For further information please contact

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