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Newsletter 60

2013 Official Society Sales: Zwartbles Sheep



9th August and 22nd November

Secretary: Christina Cormack Stickle Heaton Farm Cornhill on Tweed Northumberland. TD12 4XG Phone: 05603 466931

31st August and 2nd November



To be confirmed

From the Chair


Lambing Debate


Stirling 20th September



Further dates of sales will be announced when they have been confirmed.

NSA Events NSA Northsheep—Wednesday 5th June 2013 Harrogate, North Yorkshire

NSA Welsh Sheep—Tuesday 21st May 2013

Late Sales 2012 Carlisle Champion Lot 359 Exhibited by J Thorburn

Carlisle Show and 4 Sale Reports


Council Judges

6 7

NSA Breed Society Forum

8 9/10

Year Book




Branch News Branch News

14/15 16/17

New Members New Members

18 19

Carlisle Reserve Champion Lot 307—Tardoes Sue Bred & Exhibited by M Simpson

Worcester Champion Cynefin Twm Exhibited by R Holloway Judge: K Robinson

Llandeilo, Carmarthen

NSA Sheep South West—Tuesday 11th June 2013 South Molton, Devon Photo courtesy of Molly McConkey



From the Chair



ZSA Name No





J AnningPhillips

The Secret Cottage, c/o Little Firs, Westbrook, Dorstone, Hereford

Little Mountain

07787 322175


AD Campbell Craighill Farm, Striches,


01771 637117


Mr P R Murdock

57 Grange Road, Kilmore, Loughgall, Co Armagh


07761 930655


M&R Herron

34 Ballymackilreiny Road, Ballward, Castlewellan, Co Down


028 40650338


Miss J

Wellington Cottage, Hartley


07889 815488


Mr J Ogilby

41 Clonmore Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Old Farm

07787 122997


Mr R Taylor Whiterigg Farm, Maddiston, Falkirk, Whiterigg Stirlingshire

07976 705440


Mrs J E McClung

Sunnybrae Gardens, 16 School Green, Lasswade, Edinburgh


0131 454 9055

Council felt that Breed Development needed to be put to the front as we have to promote not only the pure Zwartbles but it's crosses, if you have any photos, information on performance, killing out percentages ideas that you would like to see please let us have them.


Mr J McCulloch

Dunkeld, Barrachan, Whauphill, Newton Stewart, Wigtonshire


01988 860296


FJ Damerell

Lauder Barns Farm, Lauder, Berwickshire


01578 722239

Rob Grinall has stepped down from being editor of the newsletter and we would thank him for his efforts last year in producing the newsletter. You have 2 contacts for articles to go in the newsletter now, these are Judy Maxwell 07885 065531 and Ailsa Dickinson 07500 600678. Please send any articles or news to them.


J & L Naden Barms Farm, Fairfield Common, Fairfield, Buxton, Derbyshire


01298 77723


Miss A Shaw

Hume Farm, Swettenham Lane, Swettenham, Cheshire


Mr T Kelleher

Shepard Lodge, Clashbredane, Kilmichael, Macroom, Co Cork


00353 857810742


Master D Breaks

Church Style Farm, Slaidburn, Nr Clitheroe, Lancs


01200 446891


Mr & Mrs R Macdonald

6 Milton, By Lochboisdale, South Uist, Grampian


01878 710214kjm

Another year, hopefully the weather will be kinder to us. The final sale of the year took place in Carlisle, the weather played its part in this with the first snow of the year. There was a good entry with John Thorburn taking the Championship with a stylish ewe lamb which he had purchased at the early Carlisle sale. This year the AGM took place on the Thursday before the sale and this was followed by a seasonal meal in the evening which was enjoyed by all. Council held its first meeting of the year where Judy Maxwell and Cyril Cromie were welcomed onto council. At this Meeting the lambing date was discussed and all aspects of the vote taken at the AGM were taken into consideration and it was decided that we should implement the change of lambing date to December. This will come into force this year, which means that December 2013 born lambs will be registered as 2014 lambs with the year letter B. Another decision was taken to appoint a President, a vote was taken and Joan Barker was elected as our first President, this will take effect on 1st April 2013. We all wish Joan the best in her new role. We also appointed David Hutchinson as Vice Chairman.

The Schmallenberg virus has reared it's head among early lambing flocks with reports of up to 50 percent losses. Rob has written an article in the newsletter. If you are still unsure of what you are looking for then contact your local vet for information. On a brighter note have a good lambing.

& MS Barbour Fraserburgh, Aberdeen

Bauermeister Wespall, Hook, Hampshire

07584 991682





New Members

Lambing Debate

We would like to welcome the following members:

You will recall that the ZSA Council unanimously voted to change the lambing date from January 1st to December 1st. This was made known to the membership by the ZSA Newsletter and sparked some controversy and as a result of Members letters and communications it was agreed by Council to find out the total membership’s views by way of a vote. This was duly done by sending out voting forms to the membership prior to the ZSA AGM at Carlisle. The result of the vote was that a total number of votes were received of 138 (out of an active membership of 600) and they were 95 for December 1st and 43 for January 1st.

ZSA Name No




Mr A Spalding

Hedgeholme, Winston, Darlington, Co Durham.

Hedgeholme 01325 730209


Mrs B Pritchard

Corner House, Rose Ash, South Molton, Devon.

Quince Rose 01769 550767


Mrs S Smyth

12 Milltown Road, Newtonstewart, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland


028 81661589


Mr J E McAdam

Sunny Vale, Monknew Town, Slane, Co Meath, Ireland

Sunny Vale

00353 86 1690399


Mr W Gibb

Kirkfield Cottage, 1 Bankhead Holdings, Galston, Ayrshire


07740 782938


Miss E & Mr D


Torrabus Cottage, Fort Askaig, Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland


01496 840249


Miss H Beattie

Guardsmill Farm, Guardsmill, Gretna, Dumfries


01461 338358


Mr R Woodman

Chase Boarding Kennels, Maple Ridge Lane, Nr Yate, Bristol


079441 98003


Mr A Hanbridge

Brockna, Kikegan, Co Wicklow, Ireland


003535906473 248


A Grant & L Marwick

Druid Temple Farm, Old Edinburgh Druid Road South, Inverness Temple

01463 222968


P Harmes & Red Roofs, Alton Lane, Four Marks, Drumard Ms M Kuhn Alton, Hants

01962 773262


Miss S Crib House Farm, Manston, Christopher Sturminster Newton, Dorset


01258 820391

Enclosed with your newsletter is your annual flock return. This is downloaded from the grassroots system and shows which sheep each member owns. Please could all members check and amend where necessary e.g. deaths, this it is very important because one of the objectives of the society is to keep an up to date register of all our sheep. You can either do so on line by visiting the website under the heading manage your flock or using the paper return and send back to the secretary by the end of February.


Mr A Khayat

Ash House

01837 811231

Please help us to keep an up to date database

Ash House, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh


As a result this went back to ZSA Council and it is now agreed that the Zwartbles lambing date from this year is January 1st 2013 through to November 30th 2013 with the letter ‘A’. From December 1st 2013 through to November 2014 with the letter ‘B’. Subsequent years will run from December 1st to November 30th. There is no requirement for anyone to change their own individual lambing dates, this is down to your own individual needs and requirements.

Annual Flock Return




The Scottish Branch flock competition

Carlisle Sale 2012

Thirteen entries from as far afield as Dingwall and Dumfries presented an interesting challenge (both logistically and in deciding between so many quality flocks) for judge Lorraine Crum (Torranyard).

Carlisle Pre Sale Show 7th December 2012 Judge Mr Cyril Cromie Ballynahinch N Ireland Senior Ewe (8 forward) 1st M Simpson (lot 307) 2nd N Porter & A Evans (lot 309) 3rd R Heigh (lot 301) 4th A Baillie & T Jackson (lot 313) 5th N Porter & A Evans (lot 308) 6th M Simpson (lot 305) Shearling Ewe (13 forward) 1st M Simpson (lot 352) 2nd J Thorburn (lot 354) 3rd M Simpson (lot 348) 4th R Heigh (lot 347) 5th G A & H MFrancis (lot 318) 6th A Baillie & T Jackson (lot 330) Ewe Lambs 1st J Thorburn (lot 359) 2nd T & G Blamire (lot 361) 3rd M, H & S Preston (lot 384) 4th T & G Blamire (lot 365) 5th M, H & S Preston (lot 383) 6th W J Williams (lot 404)

Champion Lot 359 Exhibited by J Thorburn

Overall best Scottish flock was won by Brenda Scott (Speyside), winner of the large flock section, with the small flock section being won by Nicola Henderson (Aquila). The top three in each section were as follows: Large Flock

Stock Tup

1 2 3

1 2 3

B Scott (Speyside) C&S Rae (Wallacetown) A Baillie & T Jackson (Broomfield)

M Simpson (Tardoes) - Cynefin Smotyn A Dow (Brotherton) - Wallacetown Super Mario K&S Cowin (Hellstanes) - Holmlea Superior

Small Flock

Family Group

1 2 3

1 2 3

N Henderson (Aquila) G Smith (Barmurrie) R Harvie (Mayfield)

C&K McLeod (Culriach) C&S Rae (Wallacetown) A Baillie & T Jackson (Broomfield)

The winner judges the competition the following year and Brenda Scott will therefore judge the 2013 competition 2013 Events Two Open Days are planned - one in May at the home of Andrew Baillie and Tom Jackson's Broomfield flock near Larkhall (just off the A74) and a second late autumn/ early winter at the home of Gordon Smith and Gordon Webster's (Guilden) flock near Forfar. Finalised dates and further details in subsequent newsletters.

Reserve Champion Lot 307—Tardoes Sue Bred and Exhibited by M Simpson

Supreme Champion J Thorburn (lot 359) Reserve Supreme Champion M Simpson (lot 307)

The Scottish Branch annual show will be hosted by Dumfries Show this year on Saturday 3rd August. Judge to be confirmed. All welcome. More details in a future newsletter. The branch hopes to support the Scottish Smallholders Event which will be held on 28th September at Lanark Agricultural Centre this year. There will be a Flock Competition - in October (subject to judge's confirmation) Scottish Branch members will receive newsletters and email updates throughout the year. Anyone who would like to join the Scottish Branch should contact Lorraine Crum by post at Stonebarn, Fairliecrevoch, By Cunninghamhead, Ayrshire, KA3 2PD or by email




Breed Promotion in Northern Ireland. Recently Castlewellan Show awarded top prize for Sheep Breed Promotion at their July 2012 show to the Northern Ireland Branch of the ZSA. The cheque was picked up by young member, Caroline Lyons, at the show AGM. Caroline has had considerable success in the Young Handler classes around shows in Northern Ireland for the last few years, topped by winning the Young Handlers class at the 2012 Royal Ulster Agricultural Show presenting a home bred shearling. (Stand at Castlewellan Show 2012) Midland Branch

On the 18th November 32 members met at Fosseway Farm and Garden Centre by kind invitation by Poppy, Gill and Tim Godwin to view their prize winning flock Firstly we were shown their in lambs ewes followed by their ewe lambs, then we had lunch in the Garden Centre.

After lunch we were giving a demonstration by local butcher Robert Walker who has a preference for Zwartbles lambs which are most sort after by the Hotel and Restaurant trade. Robert showed how he prepared a Zwartbles lamb carcass for the table. We were given an extremely descriptive talk on the various joints A most enjoyable day was had by all and our thanks go to the Godwin family and particularly Poppy for organising the day. When we have all finished lambing we hope to have a farm walk and showing demonstration Photos courtesy of Molly McConkey


Zwartbles Sale Tops at 780gns The recent Zwartbles in-lamb sale at Carlisle held by Harrison and Hetherington was topped by a shearling from Mr N Porter and Mrs A Evans’s Brace flock (lot 356) Brace 00329-048T sold to N Henderson Aquila flock Stirling. Other leading shearling prices were as follows 680gns for Holmlea Top Flight (lot 354) from J Thorburn selling to J Holman Hatches flock Devon and at 650gns (lot 346) For Fossway Tango from R Heigh selling to C Cromie Fort flock Co Down N Ireland and 600gns (lot 352) for Tardoes Thyme Julie from M Simpson selling to M McLaren Greystone flock Dunblane. 31 Shearlings sold Average ££67.50 Flock Ewes topped at 650gns (lot 308) again from N Porter and A Evans for Brace 00329-680N this sold to S Braid’s Lockwood flock Moffat. Other leading prices as follows 450gns for(lot 307) from M Simpson Tardoes Sue this ewe was first in her class and overall reserve champion and sold to T Birkbeck Tombob flock Kirkby Steven and 400gns for (lot 313) from A Baillie and T Jackson’s Broomfield 00411-004S selling to P Potts Hawick. 12 Ewes sold Average £322.00 Ewe lambs topped at 420gns for (lot 365) from G and T Blamire Whinnow 00600055W and was bought by A Dickinson Harle flock Kirkwhelpington. Next from the same home( lot 361) Whinnow 00600-045W at 320gns sold to C and S Rae Wallacetown flock Dumfries next was for two from W J Williams (Lots 412 & 409) Pen Llyn 00455-093W and 00455-085W at 280 and 260gns these sold to L Strawhorn Broomhillbank flock Lockerbie and G Thornborrow Tweedsmuir flock Biggar. 59 Ewe Lambs sold Average £156.25

Southern Branch - provisional information April 27: Foot care and health followed by lunch and general meeting, venue to be confirmed End June: Wool - shearing/trimming, marketing/uses, quality/selection and crafts, lunch and farm visit

The Champion (lot 359) from J Thorburn went unsold after failing to make its reserve.



Zwartbles in Ireland


2012 All-Ireland Zwartbles Flock Competition for the Kee Cup.

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the association, four council members were elected onto council. We welcome Cyril Cromie, Ailsa Dickinson, Lorna Murray and Judy Maxwell. Cyril, Ailsa and Lorna have all sat on council before whilst Judy is a new member. Following the latest council meeting the following officers were elected by council. Chairman Vice Chair Treasurer President

Lorna Murray David Hutchinson Vincent Davies Joan Barker (from 1st April 2013)

Year Letter for 2013 Just a reminder that the year letter until November 30th is the letter A. All sheep registered between January 1st 2013 and 30th November 2013 should begin with this letter. Any lambs born after 30th of November 2013 must be registered with the letter B.

2012 Flock Competition winners, Noleen and Colin Henry, where this year’s judges and their Round Ireland Tour is now complete. Nearly 1500 miles were covered, from Limavady on north coast of Ireland to Fermoy in Co. Cork and, acting as ‘tour guide/driver, all I can say is thank goodness for the Celtic Tiger’s great roads which made the drive a pleasure and many thanks for the great hospitality offered along the way! It is quite interesting to see a gradual increase in numbers of black sheep within flocks of white sheep as I travel around Ireland – these will surely owe some side of their parentage to a Zwartbles Noleen and Colin have had a tough task putting the flocks in order of preference – they have seen some cracking Zwartbles on all the farms and the winning margins are tight. However the flocks, stock rams and ewe lambs categories are now all scored and placed in order. No results will be made known until the Flock Prize Night which is to be held at The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, Co. Armagh on Friday 1 st Feb at 7.30pm. We hope to have a big turn-out of enthusiasts to clap and cheer the prize winners. Zwartbles Wool Report: Suzanna Cramption (follow her on Facebook as Zwartbles Ireland) collected a considerable quantity of pedigree Zwartbles wool from pedigree Zwartbles flocks which she has had processed by her local woollen mill. Much of the wool is being made up into Zwartbles blankets, knitting yarn, some of which will be soon on its way to America, Japan & even the Middle East to be knitted, crocheted by hand craft enthusiasts. (Photo by Zwartbles Ireland)


Branch News Northern Branch News Around 30 members of the Northern Zwartbles Association branch met at Crooklands hotel Kendal in November. The meeting was kindly sponsored by the RDPE and Cumberland Farmers Network and was the end of this year’s calendar of events. Following the flock competition results (see report below). One of our members Judith Charnley an independent veterinary surgeon gave an extensive and informative talk on Hypothermia and problems in newborn lambs. This was followed by refreshments and time to socialise before closing with the usual raffle.


Judges If you would like to be considered for addition to the Judges list you will need to contact our Secretary Christina for a nomination form which you will then need to fill in and return. Council will then look at holding a judges training day for nominees.

The flock competition results were also announced during the meeting. This was held in early October with the judge Colin Rae travelling round all 13 flocks which entered and looking over some 250 sheep his awards were as follows: Small Flock Flock Ewes 1st J Scott (Scottfair) 2nd A Blundell (Wheatfield) 3rd C Greensit (Tomina) Ewe Lambs 1st J Scott 2nd T Blamire (Whinnow) 3rd A Blundell Large Flock Flock Ewes 1st R Heigh (Brookdene) 2nd M Preston (Greenhill) 3rd D Odgers (Quarrydale)


Ewe Lambs 1st M Preston 2nd R Heigh 3rd A Dickinson (Harle) All Flocks Stock Ram 1st R Heigh & M Preston—Woodston Pedrog 2nd A Houseman (Viking) 3rd T Blamire

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All Flocks Ram Lambs 1st J Scott 2nd A Houseman 3rd C Anderson (Wallridge Moor) Overall Champion Raymond Heigh’s Brookdene Flock Reserve Champion Josella Scott’s Scotfair Flock.

The next meeting will be arranged for early March, date to be confirmed. At this meeting we will arrange the events for this year and have a chance to get together for a meal and socialize after the busy lambing period.

Newsletter Rob Grinnall has given up his post of being the newsletter editor and handed over to Judy Maxwell and Ailsa Dickinson. Should you have any comments, suggestions or anything you wish to be included in the newsletter then please contact either Judy or Ailsa. Judy Maxwell

07885 065531

Ailsa Dickinson 07500 600678

email: email:



NSA Breed Society Forum NSA BREED SOCIETY FORUM NOTES 21ST AUGUST 2012 Royal Agricultural College Cirencester Attended by Chris Caunter This is the second meeting of the Breed Societies Forum since the change in the ZSA structure last year. Introduction by Phil Stocker NSA CEO 1. How can the breed societies be heard in the NSA? 2. What is the NSA value to the Breed Societies and what more can the NSA do? How can we strengthen affiliation within the NSA? Views from breed societies: Speakers from the Balwen Welsh Mountain, Swaledale and Texel societies made a presentation. Comments included: 1. Liked NSA events 2. Low representation of breed societies at Regional NSA meetings/events 3. High NSA membership cost for small flocks. 4. NSA Ram sales not appropriate to all breeds/high entry fees 5. Want NSA to continue to lobby hard on policy issues e.g. EID & zero tolerance, 6 day rule, banning of Asulum, sheep database, splitting of carcases, 6. Want NSA to work with other organisations e.g. EBLEX, Moredun, NFU, QMS, BWMB High number of new shepherds with small numbers of sheep and little experience (Balwen & Swaledale). NSA Welsh Ram Sale – Jane Smith Jane covered history of the sale and explained it is a service for the sheep industry and not a profit making business. High costs include £20-25000 to RWAS, £48000 for marquees, £10000 for cleaning buildings, £1 per hurdle and main income is the entry fees. She requested feedback from breed societies. Discussion- Main point is the NSA inspectors and quality control. Could these sales take place in livestock markets? Breeding strategies to meet future needs – Catherine Nakielny, Independent Sheep Specialist & Nuffield Scholar Challenges and opportunities of the sheep industry. Move towards forage based systems and genetic improvement. Genomics are now progressing from single gene testing to screening for large numbers of genes. Physical records are everything, 21st century farming will be information based and the breed societies are ideally placed to provide information.

PAGE 13 Effects If your sheep are bitten by midges carrying the virus in the first few weeks of pregnancy, they will probably show little to no symptom, but there is a good likelihood that the foetuses (early lambs) that they are carrying will have their DNA affected so that they develop and are born with terrible birth defects. Very early infection may cause resorption of the foetus even after the scanning, or you may have had more empty ewes than usual. Infection late in pregnancy produces no effect in the foetus as the sensitive part of the development has already occurred. At parturition (birth) the lamb will probably be dead and may already be starting to decompose. If badly affected the deformity may be so severe that the lamb cannot be delivered normally and the ewe will require a Caesarean. If the lamb is drawn away carefully and the ewe is not physically damaged, there is no reason why she will not breed again in the future. She will hopefully develop long term immunity and so not have a problem the following year. Lambing across the country is set to be a fraught and depressing time for many. Of course there are many other causes of abortion, and foetal deformities do occur for other reasons, but you can test for Scmallenberg. Bio-best Labs are doing a blood test should you wish to test individual animals. At least with this terrible disease there are not the repercussions for years to come with repeated abortions as you get with the contagious abortions. And as depressing as this is, you can take some small comfort in knowing that you could do nothing about it; it was not down to a management error. At the moment, the best advice is;

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Monitor you ewes well at lambing, Draw any lambs carefully so as to avoid damaging the ewe If necessary treat ewes with a long acting antibiotic to cover any secondary infection If in doubt report it to your vet and test for the virus antibody Remember the ewe will have long term protection and so should not have a problem next year 6. If in an ‘at risk’ area, consider the option of buying from areas that have been exposed to the virus, there is a better chance that these sheep will be immune. 7. If in an area with no virus or very low occurrence, you may still wish to buy sheep that are positive. If they have been infected for some time, they will not be carrying the virus and so will not be a risk to virus negative sheep.

8. In the future a vaccine will probably be available.


Schmallenberg From November 2011, abortion and stillbirths associated with foetal abnormalities, affecting mainly sheep but also cattle and goats, were identified in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. A new virus was identified in December 2011 as the cause of both conditions. This was named ‘Schmallenberg virus’ after the German town where the virus was first identified. In early 2012, the first cases were suspected in the south and east of England. In these initial cases, the disease was diagnosed following the testing of deformed lambs. As this is a newly identified virus there are still aspects of the disease that remain unknown at this point until more research has been done. Geographical distribution The disease is widely distributed in the west of Germany, throughout the Netherlands, and in parts of Belgium and northern France and now most of England, Wales and much of Eire. Species affected The virus infects and causes disease in sheep, cattle and goats, but as yet has not been found to cause disease in other species or humans. Transmission This family of virus are typically spread by biting insects, such as midges and mosquitoes. Direct transmission (i.e. direct from one animal to another) is thought to be very unlikely; this means, in present theory, one sheep cannot give it to another. As biting insect are the route of transmission, significant spread is unlikely during the winter period when biting insects are usually inactive. Highest risk of infection will occur in your region when midges are most active. Research work suggests that infected animals have the virus in their blood stream for only days to a few weeks at most. Biting insects may acquire the virus from these infected animals, which they can then transmit to another susceptible animal during their next blood-feeding. This is important to remember as it means that although your sheep may have had the virus and may even show a positive blood test, it is very unlikely to be a risk to other animals, once it is over the first month. In fact you may be at an advantage to have a flock of positive testing sheep as these will be resistant to the virus and therefore free of the disastrous birth defects that it causes. The problem is you cannot easily tell when your sheep were infected.



A view of the lamb market - Nick Allen, EBLEX Director The UK sheep meat supply: Production UP since 2008, Imports DOWN since 2010, Exports UP since 2008, Consumption DOWN since 2008 2012 - Carcass weights average UP 0.5kg 35% of lambs produced are exported Breeding flock forecast UP 1% 2011 - Breeding flock UP 2.5% Research shows consumers really like lamb. EBLEX is working with retailers re presentation and this starts with breeders producing a quality carcass. They have produced a new booklet to go to the food service, multiple retailers & independent retailers: make more of lamb mince b) maximise the forequarter c) benefit from better butchery & presentation. Also developing a QR code with weekly recipes. A global perspective for UK sheep breeders- Matt Dempsey, Editor & CE, Irish Farmers Journal Global agriculture is changing: 1. Argentina beef production replaced by soya 2. NZ sheep replaced by dairy 3. USA high cost of water irrigation changing economics of beef and dairy 4. High cereal costs – real pressure on pig and poultry sectors 5. Increased demand for meat as a protein source in India, China and North Africa 6. Israel looking for Halal abattoirs so they can import lamb meat No longer low cost market in NZ & Australia UK is a net exporter for the first time in 50 years, has dependence on grass, has commercial sized flocks and scale is necessary for research and development. UK pig and poultry R&D progress in breeding is 3-5% per year – sheep R&D is negligible. Learn from each other – e.g., sheep societies, sheep discussion groups, do not focus on price alone, and choose sheep that work for you, not vice versa. Suggest maternal characteristics, good prolificacy and low labour inputs to aim for. How can lamb producers improve efficiency /reduce waste? 1. Use advisory services including vets 2. Use grass to create human food 3. Carbon counting (may move down from central stage) Collect data – birth weights, growth weights, indicators of genetic traits. Is EUROP still relevant? Diversity of breeds in UK too wide for genomic R&D but also brings strength of various positive traits.

PAGE 10 Maedi Visna – Ian Pritchard Manager PSGHS & Nick Marriott Brooksby Melton College Farm A viral infection spread easily with a long incubation period. Signs- Weight loss, Pneumonia, Mastitis, Arthritis, Hind limb paralysis. A life long persistent infection with no cure and is fatal. 50% of flock are infected by the time it is diagnosed. 1996-2012 126 positive flocks in UK Spain – 90% flocks have MV, Belgium & Holland – 40% 1996 survey of 41500 sheep found 1.4% infected, 2012 survey found 2.8% Average number of sheep infected in a flock is 13 to 24% MV Accreditation Scheme has 2700 members. There are 64 different breeds in the scheme; pedigree, terminal sire and Lleyn. MV breakdowns in this group are only 0.2% and are generally traced to breaking scheme rules. Nick Marriott has had a breakdown in a commercial flock and gave an account. He did not blood test all his flock but culled those he thought he would, he had a return of MV 8 years later. A discussion followed and it seems full blood testing is not routine on diagnosis of MV The main risk appears to be in the commercial flocks and PSGHS would like to see more of the maternal breeds that supply the national flock in the scheme. Semen Archive- Laurence Alderson The National Scrapie Plan and archive began in 2000. Breeding specifically for ARRARR could lead to irreversible genetic loss so the Archive cryopreserved semen from vulnerable rams. The project terminated in 2008 and passed to the NSA & RBST. This was when DEFRA relaxed the severity on ARQ. The Archive has been pruned to 30 tanks managed by Innovis and costs £300 per tank per annum and renamed the Ovine Semen Archive Originally there were 563866 straws from 70 breeds – 20 unrelated rams from each breed. OSA now has <200000 straws from 1400 rams. It has been funded by the sale of the surplus tanks and now we were asked should we support the OVA or not. There was discussion and a vote, unanimously the meeting decided to keep the OVA and to search for funding streams. Wrapping up- Phil Stocker Phil thanked all the breed societies for attending There will be two NSA Breed Forums a year. Different breeds will be asked to give a presentation. NSA will look at developing a pack for new sheep keepers. NSA will look at alternatives to the Ram sales. A Native breed sale was suggested and whether NSA inspectors could be used more widely. NSA welcomes feedback. Please promote NSA to recruit new members - it is for all sheep keepers.


Year Book Adverts If you have not already placed a flock advert in the yearbook then there is still time to do so adverts need to be to Christina by the 1st March with all the art, logo and print work already done and are priced as follows

Double Page Whole page Black & White Whole Page Colour Half page Black& White Half Page Coloured Semen Sales Advert

£120 £50 £75 £30 £50 £5

Junior Membership The association now has a Junior section and Juniors up t o the age of 18 can become members in their own right, upon their 18th birthday then will automatically become a Full member. Fees for Junior membership are as follows:

First Year Fee (annual subscription & joining fee)


Annual subscription by cheque


Annual subscription by standing order


Membership forms can either be downloaded from the website or obtained from the secretary: Christina on 05603 466931 or email

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