Benefits of Membership

When you join the Shetland Sheep Society you join a large family of enthusiastic supporters of the breed. We are all passionate about this marvellous breed and welcome every new member. Committee members and area representatives are spread widely across the UK mainland and, along with other experienced breeders, are always there to help you get started and answer your queries along the way.

In addition to that help, there are the following benefits of membership.


All new members receive a comprehensive information pack with downloadable updates from the website

Quarterly Newsletter

The newsletter is sent to members informing them of committee news, members' activities, letters, show reports, legislation and health issues, press releases and much more.

Sheep Registration

Registration of members' purebred sheep in our 'state of the art' Flock Book gives the facility for on-line or hard copy pedigree records and searches, detailed information on registered sheep and annual flock statistics.


Members are encouraged to take part in our voluntary Ram Inspections for shearling and older rams. A team of trained inspectors will assess the qualities of members' rams and advise on suitability for pure breeding.

Premium Ram Scheme

A Premium Ram Scheme has been started, to assist members by identifying top quality mature rams.


As a complement to ram inspections, and as an aid to breeding for better fleece quality, members are encouraged to take advantage of the Society's wool sampling for micron counting scheme. Fleece quality both on and off the hoof is a focus for discussion at our workshops.

Regional Workshops

These are held on many Shetland topics aimed to share knowledge and assist members to assess and manage their own flocks.

Promotion of
the Breed

The Society promotes the breed at shows and sales in all parts of the country, with special classes and trophies for Shetland sheep and wool.

Industry and Government liaison

The Society is affiliated to the National Sheep Association and takes an active role in influencing legislation which affects our members' interests.


A significant proportion of our annual income is spent on placing advertising and promotional items in national and local press. In addition we offer a wide range of promotional merchandise for sale to members and others.

Social Events

Social events are organized, generally on a regional basis; however, the dinner following the AGM is recommended as an opportunity to meet fellow members from across the country.

E-mail & Facebook Forums

We have an interactive e-mail Forum and thriving Facebook page where members can seek advice and get rapid answers from other members worldwide. Also used to chat informally about all things sheep-related, the weather and country matters in general.

Breed Research

The Society is both directly and indirectly involved in research into matters affecting Shetland sheep. Currently work is underway on micron count variation with age in our Premium rams.


This website is, of course, open for anyone to benefit from but as a member you will find the Marketplace section will help you buy and sell sheep as well as other products, produce and equipment, and the News & Events and Calendar will keep you informed of the various opportunities that, as a member, you can take part in.