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Dorset News:

NI Breed Record Smashed at Outstanding Dorset Show and Sale

Reserve Champion & record price ewe lamb with breeder, Ben Lamb, Judge Alec Steff, & Jacqueline Hamilton, Norbrook

Reserve Champion & record price ewe lamb with breeder, Ben Lamb, Judge Alec Steff, & Jacqueline Hamilton, Norbrook

On Monday the 27th July the NI Dorset Club held their 43rd annual July show and sale in McClellands Livestock Mart, Ballymena. Once again the premier sale was very kindly sponsored by Norbrook Pharmaceuticals, who were represented at the show by Jacqueline Hamilton. Despite the recent down turn in sheep trade and low morale amongst the farming community in general this year, the premier sale was strongly attended demonstrating the popularity the Dorset sheep have gained in the province. There was a hive of activity throughout the penned sheep and the packed sale ring ensured rigorous commercial and pedigree trade, with all who attended witnessing a new NI breed record being set.

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A Great Day Out at Glossop

As far as the eye can see

The Northern Dorset Breeders Club held their annual pre AGM farm walk at Sam Drivers Sandy Lane farm on Saturday 7th September. The weather forecast was poor, but after a dull, cool start, the sun came out in the afternoon as we toured around the widely dispersed land that the family farms.

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A Family Run Business in Northamptonshire

Tom Elliott

Traditional breeds of sheep and cattle have to pay their way for farmer-butchers, father and son Roger and Tom Elliott on 1,000 principally rented acres in Northamptonshire.

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What an Outstanding Year for The Stanbridge Mill Flock Of Dorset Horns

Many of you will know Nicky Jesse for her expert preparation, showing and trimming skills. Nicky established the Tucker & Jesse flock, in partnership with her father in 1991. Nicky is also renowned for helping and teaching so many people how to trim and prepare their sheep for showing – all in the interest and to the benefit of the breed.

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Two Little Stars

Sue Elsworth with 1st prize wool on the hoof

Arthur Jones with pet lamb, “Twinkle”

Young Arthur Jones has cerebral palsy which effects his lower limbs and balance and his pet lamb “Twinkle” has inspired him to walk by himself. Specialists said he would not walk until he was about 4, but at 2 ½ he is walking and getting stronger each day. Despite everything he is always smiling.

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N.S.A. North Sheep Harrogate

N.S.A. North Sheep Harrogate

Even though the weather was sunny and warm, a large crowd of farmers attended this event. It was too early for many of them to start either silaging or shearing so they had a good day out mixing business with pleasure. The business aspect revolved around a visit to the many trade stands, including a very informative EBLEX exhibition.

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