Judges: Mr William and Mrs Karen Carson
CHAMPION FLOCK: Ross Sizmur - Rossiz
RESERVE CHAMPION FLOCK: R & R Hole - Sherborne
|1st||R & R Hole||Sherborne|
|2nd||Sam Driver||Sandy Lane|
|4th||D W Rossiter||Huish|
|2nd||Thomas Wright||Ballytaggart (Northern Ireland)|
|4th||C & T Clarke||Manor Croft|
|1st||Elaine Swain||Came Down|
|2nd||G & E Jones||Roci|
|3rd||Gary Henderson||Sandelford (Northern Ireland)|
|1st||R & R Hole||Sherborne|
|2nd||Edwin Pocock||Hall Lane|
|3rd||Thomas Wright||Ballytaggart (Northern Ireland)|
|4th||Elaine Swain||Came Down|
|2nd||C & T Clarke||Manor Croft|
|4th||Thomas Wright||Ballytaggart (Northern Ireland)|
PETTY FRANCE AWARD: Elaine Swain - Came Down
BEST SHEPHERDED FLOCK: Ross Sizmur - Rossiz
The invite to judge the National Flock Competition was a great honour for the two of us and a superb experience to travel the country and see good hard working flocks of Dorset sheep in their natural surrounding, albeit in a wide and varied climatic differences.
Right from the North of the country in Yorkshire to the extreme south on the Isle of Wight, and to the west to Aberystwyth and back home in County Antrim, one striking feature of our 1,600 miles of travel was the extent of clover rich leys that Dorset sheep breeders have and how well Dorset sheep look and perform on well managed clover.
As judges we are indebted to two fellow breeders, Mr Andrew Palk and Mr Matthew Care, for their whirlwind tour of Northern Ireland at the end of July to judge the Northern Ireland entries and give us the top two flocks to judge as part of the National Competition. A big, big, thank you, Andrew and Matt.
We found the quality of the top flocks superb and the breeders passion and enthusiasm for their sheep very stimulating and addictive.
The three section winners were clear leaders of their groups and like good “Ayrshire cream” they kept coming to the top every time.
The Champion Flock of Ross Sizmur’s is a real easy winner of its group and the best flock of Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset ewes we have seen for some time. The attention to detail here from Ross and Emma was second to none which shone through on the day of inspection and the enthusiasm from this couple, if bottled, could be sold at a premium!
The Reserve Champion Flock was right at the top end of the large flock section and was firmly focussed on the commercial sector and commercial attributes of our wonderful breed. Rob’s “feet firmly on the ground approach” has evolved the Sherborne flock into a breed icon and a very worthy Reserve Champion Flock.
Elaine’s Came Down Flock was the most uniform small flock in the competition and a pleasure to see quality from start to finish.
Overall the standard of the flocks was really high and it was remarkable to hear so many breeders concerned about improving the conformation of their sheep and selecting their rams for meat qualities with the aim of producing a higher percentage of “U” grade prime lambs.
Since I last judged the flock competition in 2000 the transformation in the “type” of stock ram has changed from 100% maternal focused to 75% meat/25% maternal and this, I believe, will stand up well for our breed for the future.
On behalf of Karen and myself I would like to thank everyone for entering the Flock Competition and giving us such a warm welcome to your homes and showing us your sheep and leaving us with lasting memories which we will hold for many years to come.
Many congratulations to the three section winners. Well done.
William and Karen Carson