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

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


New Regional Council Member


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24th May 2021

Please let me introduce myself, I am Kay Carpenter from the Lickhill Flock.

My family and I farm in Worcestershire, where we run both pedigree and commercial livestock. We have a suckler herd of beef cattle and a commercial flock of crossbred sheep, along with around 30 pedigree Jacob ewes.

Jacobs were the first breed of sheep we kept and I was instantly hooked. After 14 years in the Society I regard the members as friends and you will often find me at the after show celebrations regardless of how well, or not, we have competed.

I am available to help any of our members and if anyone wishing to join would like to know more about the breed or has any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 07771 511445 or

Central Open Day 2021

by kind invitation of Tom Lewis & family

Tom Lewis established his flock in 2015 when he and his father hit the road with an empty trailer in pursuit of a strong foundation flock. Their first stop was at the farm of Terry and Bernie Barker, from whom they purchased their stock ram ‘Grove Farm Boxer’. The day saw them visit numerous flocks from which they selected their twelve foundation ewes. Upon these footings Tom is vigorously building a flock, through thorough scrutiny, with the ambition to compete in the show circuit at a high level. The flock predominantly consists of ‘2 horners’ with an accompanying handful of ‘4 horners’.


It was a tremendous day and I would like to thank Tom and his family for hosting this year’s Autumn Meeting and for providing such a great schedule. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Clive Richardson for travelling down from Cumbria to talk to us on ewe lamb selection. It was most interesting to see how the lambs compared pre and post shearing on the day.

We had an excellent speaker from The Welsh Organic Tannery, who were invited to give a presentation and host a Q&A. It was interesting to hear what had driven them to start up a tannery and how the process took place.

Also a big thank you to everyone for coming. It was lovely to see members from all regions, travelling from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales to support the day.



Central Region Pedigree Jacob Sheep Show & Sale 2021


The Central Regions’ Show & Sale of pedigree Jacob Sheep at McCartneys’ Livestock Market, The Heath Meadow, Nunnery Way, Worcester. 01905 769770
Judge : Scott Dalrymple
Inspectors : Robert Locker and Jean Simmons
Adjudicator : Clive Richardson

The evening meal prior to auction, held as usual at the Beefeater, was a great get together and very welcome after such a long time sticking to restrictions. It was a chance to relax a little before the show and sale and catch up friends.

The region is very grateful to Scott Dalrymple for his careful consideration of the Lots presented to him in the show and for travelling down from Scotland to perform the task of Judging.

The sale at McCartneys Auctioneers was a great success with the day’s supreme champion, a shearling ewe from the Nettlebed flock of Betty Palmer making 1,250gns, selling to the Dunmor flock of Connor and Dalrymple and at 1,300gns, the male and reserve supreme champion from Wyn and Siwan Harries’ Hope flock at Llandeilo sold to Sally Brothwell, Nuneaton. Bidding on the day topped at 1,800gns for the first prize senior ram, Firtree Kaiser from Jane and Alan Nightingale, staying in the region and selling to R. Tattersall, Malvern.

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Supreme and Reserve-  Betty and Wyn




Bidding topped at 1,800gns for the first prize senior ram in the Jacob Sheep Society’s Central Region Show and Sale in Worcester this week.  Making top price was the January 2019 born two-horner Firtree Kaiser, a son of Border Viceroy out of a Grove Tom dam from Mr and Mrs A. and L. J. Nightingale, Fillongley, Coventry. It sold to R. Tattersall, Welland, Malvern.

The day’s supreme champion was a two-horned shearling ewe from the Clitheroe based Nettlebed flock of Betty Palmer. The March born single by the home-bred Nettlebed Keepsake and a home-bred dam made 1,250gns to the judge Scott Dalrymple for the Linlithgow based Dunmor flock of Connor and Dalrymple.

At 1,300gns, the male and reserve supreme champion was from Wyn and Siwan Harries’ Hope flock at Llandeilo. The two-horned ram lamb is by Hope Rory out of a Hyndhsaw Highland Laddie dam and sold to S. Brothwell, Nuneaton. Close behind at 1,200gns was the second prize ram lamb from Owain Jenkins’ Penni Bach flock at Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire. A two-horner by Bentley Star Guard out of a Hope Chanse dam it went to K. Ball, Limpstone, Devon.

Arwel Jones, Llanfynydd, Carmarthen sold a two-horned ram lamb from his Celtic flock at 780gns. By Adamski Krypton out of a home-bred ewe, the January born single sold to K. Gardem, Clovelly.

At 820gns and from the Partridges’ Bentley flock, Droitwich, was the second prize shearling ewe. A four-horner by Feckenham Smart and out of a home-bred ewe, it was bought by Dan Gunter, Little Ness, Shrewsbury.

Ewe lambs peaked at 950gns for the first prize winner from  Arwel Jones.  A two-horned January lamb by Nettlebed Kerryman out of a home-bred dam, it sold to B.D. Coe, Harleston, Norfolk. A 510gns bid from Percy Clatworthy, Highbridge, Somerset, secured a four-horned ewe lamb from Tom Lewis, Whitchurch which was by the home-bred Salopearl Cupid.


Three aged ewes  £231; 35 shearling ewe £295.95; 42 ewe lambs £270.75. Seven senior rams £616.50; 19 ram lambs £405.63.



Central Region Flock Assessment & Judging 2021


Judges : James Leonard & Christopher Slee

In September we ran the regions flock assessment. It was extremely well entered, with a total of 17 flocks from all over the region including Cheshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire – so it was a mammoth task for our judges James Leonard, from the Grove Flock in South Wales and Christopher Slee, from the Halsbury Flock in Devon to get around everyone over the three days.

They have asked I pass on their thanks for the kind reception they had everywhere they went. There has also been many compliments about James and Chris from our entrants stating how the experience was totally worthwhile. Many thanks to them for undertaking the task for us this year.


Class 1 Small Flock 4- 20


1st Paula & Bob Bramley MILLVALE

2nd James & Steph Cartwright GOLDSTONE

3rd Higginson & Ridout MEADOWLANDS

4th Robin Hill & Kate Phillipson HILLACRE

Class 2 Large Flock 20+


1st Jane & Alan Nightingale FIRTREE

2nd Deborah Powell PARD HOUSE

3rd Tori & Ben Stanley BLACKBROOK

4th John & Rachel Richardson SPOTTYWOOD

Class 3 Group of ewe lambs 1st Deborah Powell PARD HOUSE

2nd Jerry Strong & Lorna Hendey ELMLEY

3rd Ryan Edwards WHARF

4th Jane & Alan Nightingale FIRTREE

Class 4 Stock Ram 1st Deborah Powell PARD HOUSE

2nd Jane & Alan Nightingale FIRTREE

3rd Terry & Berni Barker SALTWAY

4th John & Rachel Richardson SPOTTYWOOD

Class 5 Best ram lamb 1st Paula & Bob Bramley MILLVALE

2nd Jerry Strong & Lorna Hendey ELMLEY

3rd Terry & Berni Barker SALTWAY

4th Jane & Alan Nightingale FIRTREE


Homelea Trophy for the best 2 horn male …… Deborah Powell PARD HOUSE

Bentley Trophy for the best 4 horn male ……Tori & Ben Stanley BLACKBROOK

Nutwood Trophy best group of ewe lambs … Deborah Powell PARD HOUSE

Dixon Trophy for the best 2 horn flock … Jane & Alan Nightingale FIRTREE

Anne Rowberry Salver for best 4 horn flock … Tori & Ben Stanley BLACKBROOK

Ridout Trophy for best overall flock …… Jane & Alan Nightingale FIRTREE




Shows in the region


I am happy to report that shows began to make a comeback this summer. I would just like to give a huge note of thanks here to Hayley Higginson for all her hard work organizing the Jacob classes at the Cheshire County show, which would have seen Jacobs excluded if it wasn’t for her intervention.

At Staffordshire County, Judge Wyn Harries put Tom Lewis’ shearling ewe ‘Salopearl Suzie’ up as the Jacob breed champion, who then went on to stand 3rd to the supreme in the interbreed championship against 49 breeds and so was a great ambassador for the breed.

New Jacob classes appeared on the schedule at Minsterley Show, Shropshire this year. For anyone interested in showing it would be wonderful to see more exhibitors support these new classes in 2022.

The English Winter Fair takes place in the region at Staffordshire County Showground over the weekend of 19th and 20th November 2021 and I look forward to meeting up with JSS exhibitors where we start to get into the Christmas spirit !



Upcoming events in 2022


May Open Day – Please look out for forthcoming details regarding our May 2022 meeting to be held by kind invitation by Robin Hill & Kate Phillipson at the Hillacres’ flock in Worcestershire- details will be out in the New Year.

NSA Sheep Event – The JSS will have a breed society stand at the Malvern Showground in Worcestershire on Wednesday 27th July and will once again be involved in this celebration of the UK sheep sector. Please come along and say ‘Hi’.

Central Region Show and Sale – Next year’s Show and Sale at Worcester will be held on Tuesday 2nd August 2022, plan early with your entries. It will be great to see everyone again and wonderful for newcomers to come along too.

Please contact me on  with any questions or if you are looking for advice.


Autumn Meeting & AGM – will be held in October 2022. Details will be released in the New Year.

jacob line up english winter fair
ram class worcs

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