Welcome to the News page for the Central Region, which includes the counties of Staffordshire,

Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire.

Regional Council Member

Mrs Lucy Thompson
Culland Hall

Tel: 01335 360247 Email: TBC


18th July 2018 - NSA Event

The JSS had a stand at this years National Sheep Association Event at the Royal Three Counties Showground.

The stand looked great and was well manned by JSS volenteers on the day.



Sunday 20 May 2018

The first event of 2018 held by the Central Region was the very successful day spent on the farm of Sean and Kay Carpenter on Sunday 20 May.


We had a great opportunity to see their Lickhill pedigree Jacob flock and also their daughter’s Serenity pedigree flock.  We also had an opportunity to see their pedigree Texels, pedigree North Country Cheviots and a commercial flock of Mules.  They also have a herd of pedigree South Devon cattle and some prime stock cattle.  We all then had lunch and we were able to indulge in the Carpenter’s delicious own pork, which they had generously donated.  This was followed by equally delicious puddings all donated from the Central Region Committee.


After lunch Clive Roads, the livestock auctioneer predominantly based at Worcester, very kindly gave a talk on “how to sell your sheep to advantage”.  After this fascinating talk, Clive answered a whole range of questions, which then led onto a very interesting discussion.

We are hugely grateful to Clive for giving up a Sunday afternoon and immensely grateful to the Carpenter’s for all their hard work in putting on such a great day.


Calendar Events




Wednesday 18 July 2018

The Central Region will be representing the Jacob Sheep Society at the National Sheep Association at Malvern, which is held in England biannually.  We will have a stand with some examples of Jacob sheep.  Please do come and support us.  It is a very good day and lots to see.



Tuesday 7 August 2018

Once again we are holding our Show & Sale at Worcester and the judge appointed is Gareth Jones.



21/22/23 September 2018

The Central Region will be holding their Flock Competition this autumn, which is held every other year.  This is a very good opportunity to seek advice, if required, from an experienced judge– The judge for this year’s competition will be Barbara Webster.



Sunday 7 October 2018

The Autumn Meeting and AGM will be held at Jonathan Crump’s farm at Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.  Details will follow.




The final event in the calendar of the Central Region in 2017 was the Autumn Meeting held on Sunday 15th October at the new home of David and Lesley Partridge.  It was a wonderful autumn day with the sun shining on the beautiful Bentley flock.  The day began with a Judges seminar held by the Field Officer, Gordon Conner.  Following the seminar Gordon gave a talk on 4-horned Jacob sheep. There were a number of new members at the Autumn Meeting who had the opportunity to ask questions and had found the whole discussion very helpful and informative. 

Open Day David and Lesley
Open Day David and Lesley

Jacqueline Emberton had generously offered to produce a wool craft display and, together with Kay Dalloway, arranged a very colourful and interesting exhibition.  We are very grateful to Jacqueline for organizing the display. 

wool craft display
wool craft display

Another interesting attraction was the fleece competition. There was a good number of entries most of which were of a very high standard.  Lesley kindly agreed to judge and the winning fleece belonged to Jonathan Crump.

Open Day David and Lesley
Fleece Competition

In the afternoon there was a moment of celebration within the Central Region, when we marked the 80th birthday of Jean Blacknell and the 90th birthdays of Stan and Beryl Taylor.   This was then followed by the presentation of the Central Region Young Handler’s Trophies by Hayley Higginson.

Central Region Young Handler’s Trophies
Central Region Young Handler’s Trophies

The results of the Young Handler’s Competition are as follows:

Up to 12 years:

  1. Leah Dixon
  2. Charlie Dumbleton
  3. Isobel & Charlotte Cartwright
  4. Poppy Dixon
  5. Thomas Partridge


  1. Abbie Higginson
  2. Benjamin Clay
  3. Caitlin Carpenter
  4. Will Bloor


  1. Seren Carpenter
  2. Tom Lewis
  3. Olivia Cartwright

Overall Champion:       Abbie Higginson

Reserve Champsion:     Seren Carpenter

Many congratulations to Abbie and Seren and for all those who competed.  There is a great deal of talent exhibited in these young shepherds.

 The day ended with the region’s AGM.  A huge thank you to David, Lesley Partridge and their family for all their hard work in making the day such a success. 

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Stan and Beryl Taylor
Stan and Beryl Taylor

In October we heard the sad news of the death of Beryl Taylor.  Beryl was such an integral part of the Central Region and a much loved member of the Society.  We will all miss her tremendously.


This year the Central Region will be representing the Jacob Sheep Society at Malvern at the NSA event to be held on the 18th July.  Please do come and support this event.  This year’s Show & Sale will be held at Worcester on Tuesday 7th August and Gareth Jones has kindly agreed to be the Judge.  In October we will be holding our bi-annual Flock Competition.  Other events have yet to be finalized so please do check our website.


Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each member of the Central Region Committee.  I am extremely fortunate to have such wonderful support.  For all those Central Region members, please do contact me if there is anything that I can do to help.  I am always pleased to hear from you.



Autumn Meeting – Sunday 15th October 2017
To be held courtesy of Mr & Mrs D Partridge.  The Field Officer will be holding a Judges Seminar in the morning.
After lunch the Central Region AGM & Presentation of the Central Region Young Handler's Trophies.
For the entry form and details of the Open Day please click here

Worcester Sale

Report by Howard Walsh

The male and overall champion made the top price of 1,650gns in the Jacob Sheep Society’s central region show and sale in Worcester on Tuesday.

All the top prices came for two-horned sheep and while the day’s ceiling bid fell short of last year, some of the section averages were up.

Sale leader was the home-bred January 2016 born ram Lickhill I’m Batman from Stourport-on- Severn breeders Mr and Mrs S. Carpenter. Having been reserve breed champion at this year’s Three Counties – as its’ sire, ‘Beam Me Up Scottie’,  was in 2015 – it was sold to  B.D. Coe, Harleston, Norfolk.

Second top at 1,200gns was a shearling ram from the Trumper Family, Abergavenny. By Border Windrush out of a Blackbrook ewe, it sold to Messrs Morrish, North Breazle, Okehampton.

Also by Windrush was the reserve overall champion, a shearling ewe from Rhodri Jones, Builth Wells. Born February 2016 and out of a Nettlebed ewe, it went to G. and S. Wood, Scales, Ulverston, at 1,020gns.

Ram lambs topped at 900gns for Border Gambler from Clive Richardson, Ulverston. By his Border Viscount II and out of a home-bred ewe, it sold to Linda Wilson, Aspatria, Wigton, while a ram lamb from the furthest travelled vendor – Adam Christie, Huntly, Aberdeen – made 800gns. Adamski Revel is by Dunmor Antonio.

The dearest ewe lamb at 540gns was a Gobaith Star sired entry from Lesley Partridge, Droitwich. It was bought by Messrs Freshwater, Bicester. The first prize ewe lamb from Jerry Strong and Lorna Hendy, Pershore, was by Nutwood Warrior out of a home-bred Elmley dam and sold at 450gns.


4 flock ewes £181.12 (last year £143.50); 18 shearling ewes £240.33  (£189.37); 36 ewe lambs £195.41 (£200.25); 10 shearling rams £473.55 (£374.42); 21 ram lambs £332.50 £500.18).

Auctioneers: McCartneys.

Open Day – Sunday 14th May 2017 
Welcome with a cup of coffee, biscuit and meeting old friends
Two of the pens with sheep to be assessed
Jane and Alan introduce themselves and their farm
Ewes with lambs at foot
One of the rams
Superb food on offer
Clive explaining the finer points of assessing the shearling ewes
Handling and showing in the ring, discussion and commentary

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