News & Events
AGM and National Show & Sale 2017
The AGM will be on 20th September at 6pm (time tbc) in North Pehterton Bowling Club, Bridgewater Road, North Petherton TA6 6PR
Click HERE for details of the National Show & Sale
Open Day at Dornoch
On the 16th March 2017 the Shetland Sheep Society will hold an open day in Dornoch.
Meeting first at the Dornoch Social Club, at 10 am, the morning will be taken up by a talk about wool quality, followed by a general discussion on fleece, wool preparation, and commercial outlets. Lunch will be provided. At 2.pm we will meet in the Glebe Field for a flock and ram inspection. We are running a competition for a knitted, woven or felted cushion cover, using Shetland Wool.
For more information or matters you would like to discuss please contact Sally Wild.
Upper Meadows, Eaglefield Road, Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3SU
P: 01862 810140
Shetland breeders meeting 2016:
Interim Chairman Appointed
18 September 2016
Under Section 5.1 of the Constitution the Committee are pleased to confirm they have appointed Andy Harwood as Interim Chair.
Andy will serve until the conclusion of the next AGM.
We thank Andy very much for his support and look forward to working with him.
At the Committee Meeting, Sunday 8th November 2015, your committee agreed unanimously to carry out an update/review of our constitution.
We want to start this process by asking members to make comment and express views on the current constitution. The constitution along with the appendices can be found on the website, or you may contact any member of committee for a paper copy.
Please forward your comments by 31st December 2015, by e-mail or letter to Tony Bennett (details inside front cover of newsletter) who is collating these comments on behalf of committee.
Champion of Champions
Many congratulations to Philip Cowen and his stunning moorit gimmer Wadley Ivy in winning the 2015 Champion of Champions
and to Suzanne Meikle for taking the reserve with another lovely moorit ewe Brae Xaria
The Committee has appointed a Group to be responsible for all matters
relating to Wool within our Society.
Royal Bath & West 2015
Congratulations to Edna Thomas and David Humphreys who's shearling ewe won the Shetland Championship as well as the Interbreeds Wool on the Hoof Championship and Interbreeds Reserve Champion.
Tracey Chapman's shearling ram was Shetland Reserve Champion.
Full results in the next newsletter.
SOCIETY FLOCK BOOK
In addition to the excellent On-Line Flock Book a paper copy version is printed annually in January. Each Volume contains the details of all Shetland sheep registered during the year, together with rams inspected and approved; also included are some interesting statistics on the SSS Flock in general. The Flock Book costs £12 inc.p&p and is only available to members by ordering a copy (before November 30th) from the Registrations Secretary via the Registrations Application Form.
Calling All Trophy Holders!
Do have any trophies that have been awarded to Shetland Sheep?
The Committee is building a catalogue of all trophies, wherever they are awarded
and needs your help.
If you have a trophy, even if it is not current, and whoever awarded it to you,
please would you photograph it and send details to
Gilbert Meikle at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Further to the resolution passed at the 2014 AGM the constitution has been updated to reflect that the number of inspectors for ram approval has changed from three to two. See constitution Appendix B HERE.
Judges & Inspectors Panel
The Judges and Inspectors Panel is always looking for more members to become Trainees, so if you would like to become one please either send me a request by email to email@example.com or by letter to my address in the front of this Newsletter.
Or contact any of the other members of the Panel who are Tony Bennett, Mary Gibbings or Philip Cowan.
Judges and Inspectors Panel
There is a vacancy on the Panel which is to be filled in the near future. On this occasion the Committee wishes this to be by either a Judge, an Inspector or a Trainee. If anyone is interested please get in contact with any of the above.
Chairman SSS Judges and Inspectors Panel
Shetland Fleece wins Supreme Champion at NSA Sheep 2014
Congratulations to Lynne & David White who continued their successful year by winning the Supreme Champion fleece at the NSA Sheep 2014 event held at Malvern Three Counties showground on 30 July 2014.
The winning fleece was from a light grey gulmoget gimmer and judged by Steven Spencer from the wool board. He said the coloured section was the strongest of the seven sections and put forward a coloured fleece as Reserve Supreme Champion as well.
Shetland Success at Herts County Show
On Saturday 24 May, Ashby Finch, bred by Lynne & David White, was Interbreed Champion and Drumoak ewe lamb (no name yet, bred by Cameron Wainwright) was reserve Interbreed, with Mr Pennington judging. Very large classes as well.
And in the Primitive Championship on Sunday, Ashby Frankie was primitive champion. Jenny Arnold judging, and again, large classes.
Well done to all concerned, a great result for the Shetland breed and the breeders!
2013 Flock Competition Winners
Joan Brunton & Wull Bryce being presented with the John Holmes Trophies by Chairman Alastair Wilson at this years Fife Show.
LARGE Flock - Joan Brunton (118) / Andy & Maxine Harwood (58) / Sue Tyson & R Simpson (54)
SMALL Flock - Wull Bryce (59) / Arbuckle & Meikle (51) / D Humphries & E Thomas (46)
Here's to a successful 2014 to all our exhibitors
Photo by Marilyn Higham
ARAMS - Animal Reporting & Movement Service
Please follow the link to the ARAMS website for more details on electronic reporting of sheep movements from 1st April 2014. The website also has editable pdf movement documents for you to print off and report your movement (ARAMS-1) as the current AML1 is obsolete from 1st April 2014. http://www.arams.co.uk/
Shetland Sheep Society on Facebook
November 2013: The Shetland Sheep Society now has a Facebook page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook in order to view the page and benefit from the information posted there. However, if you wish to contribute to the various discussions then you will need to sign-up for a Facebook account - it's quick and easy to do.
Find us here: https://www.facebook.com/ShetlandSheepSociety
2 Aug 2013: It's that time of year when you're probably thinking about worming your sheep. Click on the link below for the latest worming advice, including the different types of wormers, how to use them to best effect and avoid resistance build up:
Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the pdf document.
New Website Launch
On the 3 December 2012 the new Shetland Sheep Society website was launched. Please let us know what you think of the new site and any improvements you think we could make.