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
Tel: 01335 360247 Email: TBC
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.
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.
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.
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.
The results of the Young Handler’s Competition are as follows:
Up to 12 years:
- Leah Dixon
- Charlie Dumbleton
- Isobel & Charlotte Cartwright
- Poppy Dixon
- Thomas Partridge
- Abbie Higginson
- Benjamin Clay
- Caitlin Carpenter
- Will Bloor
- Seren Carpenter
- Tom Lewis
- 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.
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.
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).