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2018 Eastern Region Open Day

15th April 2018

We welcome all who wish to attend.

Typhoon Jacobs
Typhoon Jacobs

Rough timetable to include –

1030 arrival for coffee and cake
11am start with introduction viewing flock ewes and lambs
12pm lunch in the hall
1pm onwards judge individually a small pen of lambs. Washing and show prep discussions, there will also be sheep available for people who wish to have a go at trimming.

330pm more cake and close.

There will be a small charge per head (excluding children) of about £7.

We look forward to seeing everybody.
Post code is IP20 9LB (High Rd, Needham, Harleston)

Events taking place in 2016

National Show and Sale of Traditional and Native Breeds, 9 & 10 September 2016,

Melton Mowbray

We are delighted to have Hayley Higginson judging

Autumn Show, Peterborough, Sunday 9 October 2016

This show is the newly named Autumn Food and Country Fair and from this year Jane Woodbridge has kindly offered to organise the event.

It is very exciting to have Geraldine Fletcher coming over from Ireland to judge this excellent event, which has special classes for late-born lambs, children and novices. Not to be missed!

Events held in 2015

National Show and Sale of Traditional and Native Breeds, 11 and 12 September 2015, Melton Mowbray

Ruth Kernohan with her Championship Shearling Ewe which sold for the top price of 330gns, Judge, Richard Chapman, and John Dixon with his Reserve Champion Shearling Ram, Douglas Simon

Flock Assessment and Competition – 19/20 September 2015

John Emberton and Gareth Jones were the Judges for this very popular biennial event. Jane Woodbridge and Martin Wallis won the Best Large Flock, Best Ewe, and Best Ram; Joan Freeland won Best Small Flock; Tom Green won Best Ram Lamb and Paul Kermeen won Best Ewe lamb. Here are (from left to right) Paul, Martin and Jane receiving their prizes from John. Joan and Tom were presented with their’s at the October Open Day

Winter (Autumn!) meeting – Sunday 4 October 2015

Trish and Bob Baker generously hosted 33 of us at the Old Gun Club on their farm at Woolpit. It was a wonderfully sunny day and we had novel open top transport to see the wide variety of animals that Trish and Bob have on the farm. We also had practical sessions on ear tags, shears and lamb identification, and the results of the flock competition were announced and awarded.

Autumn Show, Peterborough, Sunday 11 October 2015

Judge, Stephen Dodsworth,with, from right to left, Alan Smith with his Show Champion late-born ewe lamb, Jane Nightingale with her Reserve Champion ewe lamb and Jane Woodbridge with the Best Opposite Sex to the Champion.

Stephen with the Novice Handler winners, from right to left: Kyle Ward, Jessica Maynard, Jake Mortimer and Amelia Kearsley.

Jessica also won The Eastern Region Young Handler shield for 14-18 year olds for her efforts during the year in the show ring. Well done Jessica!

Amelia Kearsley winning the Fancy Dress class with a super Nurse’s outfit! An amazing transformation in double quick time!

This is just what Peterborough is about, encouraging youngsters and novices to have a go in the ring.

Open Day – Sunday 18 October 2015 at Beccles

Joan Freeland hosting an Open Day at her home : Elms Barn, Toft Monks, Beccles. A lovely day at one of the extreme ends of our region.

Debbie Gilks (left) and Lisa Adams helping Ben Coe load up some of the sheep he brought to the Open Day

Open Day, Wadenhoe Flock ,17 May 2015

Martin Wallis and Jane Woodbridge (above left) kindly hosted our open day in May. Winners of the large flock competition in 2013 and regular show exhibitors they had a lovely pen of beautifully prepared shearlings for Judge, John Dixon (right) to take us through. Aswell as judging the shearlings, there were other breeds of sheep to identify, and a guess the weight of the lamb competition. Discussions were had on changes to regulations for sheepskin production and RPA inspections and hands-on experiences included Jakoti dagging shears and the New Zealand shepherd’s crook. Martin and Jane generously provided prizes for the competitions as well as an excellent lunch and refreshments. Huge thanks to them both.

News and events 2014

Open Day 22 June 2014

Tom Green leading a lively deabte about the pros and cons of foot trimming at Danny and Maria Palmer’s Open Day near Ipswich in May 2014.

The day also included spinning demonstrations, use of sheep halters, practising with injections and dagging shears, and demonstrations on sheepskin production. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Maria’s superb Brazilian hospitality.

News & Events In 2013

Winter Regional Meeting Sunday 3 November 2013, Elton Village Hall

Both the judges of our flock competition generously gave of their time to come to the winter meeting to present their results. It was much appreciated to have them with us.

We also had a presentation from Tom Green and Lisa Adams on the vexed question of when to worm, with what and how often. This was followed by lively discussions on items coming up at the next JSS Council meeting and how things should proceed in the region.

Flock competition 18/19/20 October 2013

Richard Chapman and Nicola Fletcher judged our flock competition and said they were very pleased to see very impressive “flocks” of sheep, rather than individuals. The best large flock went to Jane Woodbridge and Martin Wallis who also won best ewe and best ewe lamb. Best small flock went to Ben Coe who also won best ram lamb. Best ram was won by Trish Baker.

Eastern Region Autumn Show

East of England Showground, Peterborough, 13 October 2013

Seven exhibitors braved the weather and it was good to have new and young members alongside experienced stalwarts. Huge thanks to Robert Locker for coming all the way from Scotland to Judge and there was great praise for his judging of the sheep off their leads.

Show Champion, best ram lamb and best four-horned sheep went to Ben and Tori Stanley’s ram lamb (on the right) and Reserve Champion, best ewe lamb and best opposite sex to the Champion went to John Dixon’s ewe lamb, superbly shown by John’s grandaughter Caitlan Fincham (left).

There was a good turnout in the Handler classes with Caitlan Fincham winning the under 8 years and Tom Spalton winning the 8-16 years. the Novice Handler class is shown below with, from left to right: winner, Brogan Cranfield, Tom Spalton, Tom Collins and Joanna Collins.

The welcome return of the Fancy Dress class proved a great highlight, with an extremely high standard. From left to right: Tom Collins Dracula (winner) was almost repelled by Amy Ferguson with her Chef’s garlic and Danni Boland’s cowboy group with the hairiest Minihaha we have ever seen. Such fun!!

Eastern Region Show & Sale 2013

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on 13/14 September

There were 83 Jacob entries at this busy show and sale and prices held up well on the Saturday. Richard Chapman judged the sheep classes on Friday. Here is the ram class being judged.

The Haworth Family’s very smart ewe won the ewe class and Reserve Champion, Lisa Adams pulled off a well-earned double, winning the ewe lamb and ram lamb classes, and Bob Bramley’s lovely ram lamb wom its class and The Championship.

Bob Bramley with his Champion ram lamb, Richard Chapman and Gavin Haworth with his Reserve Champion ewe.

Grassroots provided a new service of kinship analysis on site to establish the degree of relationship between sheep at the sale and owners registered sheep, allowing gene pools to be optimised.

Full results are on Grassroots website but headlines are: average ewe price was £110.57 with a top price of 182gns; average ewe lamb price was £94.57 with a top price of 135gns; average ram price was £128.57 with a top price of 320gns; average ram lamb was £210 with a top price of 390gns.

Open Day Sunday 18 August 2013

It was a lovely sunny day for the Open Day at Wildwood, home of Paul Kermeen and Joy King and the Fineshade flock. June and Alan Smith gave an excellent master class showing how to prepare sheep for showing and the ins and outs they have learnt during their showing experiences. They were very generous with their time and encouraged everyone to have a go, including one of our newest and youngest members, Rafferty Van Romunde just 21 months old! Here he is carding a ewe lamb with Alan.

We had a bit of excitement when the shearling escaped from the barn and several geriatrics tried to corner her, but it took the youthful Tom Green to get her back under control.

The ewe lamb and shearling had been washed three days before the Open Day and left to dry. Alan started first with the carding and June followed on with the trimming. They worked seamlessly together and in only a short time the results were amazing. They certainly didn’t look like our sheep.

After lunch there were tours of the house, CCTV, sheepskins and movement licence exhibits on offer. People went to see the rest of the flock in the fields returning to the barn for a ewe lamb and shearling assessment competition. John Fozzard very kindly took us through the finer points of what to look for in a Jacob.

Judging from the comments I have received since, it was an enjoyable day and our newer members learnt a great deal.

Huge thanks to everyone who came, especially June, Alan, John and Jane.

News & Events in 2011

The sun was shining at Melton Mowbray for our Eastern region show and sale, and it was an excellent result for Mrs. R. Kernohan (Gelscoe flock) as her shearling ewe won the show championship whilst her ewe lamb was awarded the reserve championship! Many thanks to Mr. John Fozzard for judging our classes. Ruth’s shearling ewe then made the top female price of the day of 225gns. Top price in the male section was a shearling ram from L Adams at 410gns.

The show results were;

Shearling Ewe; 1st R Kernohan, 2nd R Kernohan

Ewe Lamb; 1st R Kernohan, 2nd J Dixon, 3rd L Adams 4th J. Dixon

Shearling Ram; 1st L Adams, 2nd T Green, 3rd L Adams

Ram Lamb; 1st BC Stanley, 2nd L Adams, 3rd T Green, 4th C Adcock

Tori Stanley with her Reserve Interbreed Tup at Rutland Show 2011

Winter Meeting 2010

The results from our regional flock assessment were announced at our winter meeting held at Highgate Hall, Elton on 12th December. The results were;

Best Overall Flock in Eastern Region- Tom Green

Large Flock

1st- Tom Green

2nd- Ms J Woodbridge & Mr M Wallis

Small Flock

1st- AR & J Smith

2nd- Mrs R Kernohan

3rd- Colonel AIS Makin

Best Ram- AR & J Smith

Best Ewe- Tom Green

Best Ewe Lamb- Mrs R Kernohan

Best Ram Lamb- Ms J Woodbridge & Mr M Wallis

Eastern Region Autumn Show- 10th October

The finale of the Eastern region showing calendar is the ever popular Autumn show. This was a busy day of showing for many exhibitors as they had entered in both our own Jacob show and the main Exhibition. In the Hill & Heath section of the main event, 4 out of six class winners forward for the championship were Jacobs (the commentator was very complementary about how far the Jacob breed had come) with the Hill & heath championship finally awarded to Alan & June Smith’s shearling ram. In our own Jacob show, Richard Chapman did an excellent job of judging a large entry. Tori & Ben Stanley won the championship with their shearling ewe whilst June & Alan Smith’s shearling ram won the reserve.

Eastern Region Open day 5th September 2010

Held at;
Kilby Grange Farm, Fleckney Road, Kilby, Wigston, Leicester. LE18 3TB.
11am to 4pm on Sunday 5th September 2010

The Eastern region Open day was held at Kilby Grange Farm on the 5th September. This was a successful day with a sheepdog demonstration by international and national triallist Nij Vyas. The “spirited” Jacob cross ewes were worked beautifully by two of Nij’s sheepdogs whilst he explained how he trained his dogs, and the importance of a good dog. Local butcher, Marcus Stevens of Ullesthorpe, was on hand to assess a pen of Jacob fat lambs and demonstrate what to look out for selecting lambs for the market or fatstock shows.

Eastern Region Show and Sale- 10th & 11th September.

Melton show & sale had one of the highest entries of Jacobs forward this year. It was great to see so many new and existing Jacob members visiting our stand to say hello and watch the showing of the sheep on Friday.  The championship was awarded to Miss L. Adams’ ewe lamb which later sold for 200gns with the reserve awarded to Mr & Mrs J Dixon’s ram which sold for £160gns.


click for Spring Newsletter 

Rutland Show 2010 – a fantastic turnout with 9 exhibitors and over 40 Jacobs present

Rutland Champion 2010 – Shearling Ewe owned by Alan and June Smith and shown by their granddaughter, Danni Boland

Rutland Reserve Champion 2010 – Ewe lamb from Ben and Tori Stanley

WANTED – Nottingham based stick maker requires Jacob Sheep horns – please contact Lee Chadwick at www.leechadwick.com

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