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Dorset News:

December Newsletter 2015

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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David Matthews Award for Shane

Liz Matthews presenting Shane with his trophy

Liz Matthews presenting Shane with his trophy

Shane Wilson of the Legaloy flock of Pedigree Poll Dorsets based in Ballyclare, Co.Antrim, was the recent winner of the David Matthews Memorial Trophy – the Cornella Cup. Shane established his flock in 2007, aged ten and now currently runs 30 pedigree ewes and is a regular on the local show circuit with many successful outings, which has contributed to him being the first winner of the Cornella Cup from the province.

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NSA Welsh Sheep, Kerry, Newtown - Tuesday, 19 May

NSA North Sheep, Cockermouth, Cumbria - Wednesday, 3 June

NSA Sheep South West, Exeter - Tuesday, 16 June

NSA Sheep Northern Ireland, Ballymena - Monday, 6 July

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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Annual General Meeting 2014

AGM 2014

It was in Aberystwyth over dinner that I really realised that we were being asked to come up with some ideas for the 2014 AGM and so began 12 months of thinking and planning. We decided to find a Hotel in Newquay large enough to accommodate the majority of people attending so that the group would not be fragmented and when Aimee answered the telephone and said ‘Yes we would be interested tell me more’ I knew we had found our base and thanks must go to the Kilbirnie for all the help they gave.

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