Following the success of the National Flock Competition run in previous years, Council is delighted to announce that the Society is running the competition again this year and it is open to all members throughout the U.K. and Ireland.
The competition has been very generously funded by the Whitcombe family of Hampshire in memory of one of the breed's best known and most dedicated enthusiasts, Mrs. Rosemary Whitcombe. The first prize of an Original Painting has been donated by the family for the Best Flock. A Silver Rose Bowl has also been kindly donated by the Brown family for the winner of the Best Ram in the Flock Competition. Both these awards are to be returned for the next competition.
The idea of the competition is to assess members stock on their own farm. This year there will be 2 Sections – Section 1 is for members with a minmum of 6 female sheep – ewes and gimmers, this section will be judged on farm. Section 2 is for members with less than 6 females. For this section we are inviting members to send a video of their sheep for judging.
There will be classes for various age groups and sexes as well as a separate class for stock rams.
Sheep will be viewed in the field and do not need to be dressed however a pen will be needed for the judges to handle the stock rams.
For the purpose of judging the membership will be split into two areas - England & Wales and Scotland & Ireland. The judges will be the winners of the 2017 competition – Mr Matt Steel (Ditton) to judge England & Wales and Mr Neil Howie (Lyham) to judge Scotland and Ireland.
The classes are as follows: