Scottish Region News Archive


With just over a week till our Scottish Jacob Sheep Sale lets look at the reasons to come and buy some Jacobs

A fantastic multi tasking breed one that keeps us all on our toes, the excitement of breeding a champion or happy just to have wee black and white lambs in spring time, the ewes make amazing mums, lamb easily and milk well.
The breed are happy to be used as a cross breed producing a good lamb that fattens easily and eats well.
The wool so underrated by many but gold dust to others.

Maybe you fancy something to eat down a paddock or look nice in the field Jacobs tick both boxes.

The Jacob Sheep Society one which has worked so hard to improve the breed, make headlines and break records. We are happy to encourage new members and happy to provide advice and help if needed by way of a flock visit along with open days something for everyone

Whatever your reasons we have a super mixture of males and females at our sale something for every budget.

Look forward to seeing you there

Melanie Harper Scottish RCM


Jacob Sale 2020

As you are all aware Covid19 has stopped most events, we are going to try push on with a live sale with whatever restrictions are in place at the time, we hope to have inspectors at the sale so all sheep will be inspected under society rules but at this stage we cant guarantee that or confirm anything
We will use this page to keep everyone up to date with this ever changing situation.
We hope to get schedules out to folk in the next few weeks.
We understand this is all a bit up in the air but we are working hard to get a sale in place.
Please don’t hesitate to contact with any questions.

Please have a look at the following link for developing news on the Scottish Jacob Sales

I’m sure you all have your 2020 calendars on the wall so why not fill them with show and sale dates in Scotland, most of the shows will have a web page or Facebook page if you need a schedule sent out.

Any problems contacting them please message me and I can get the details for you.

Fife Show 23rd May

Angus Show 6th June
Alyth Show 13th June
Cumberland County Show 13th June
Royal Highland Show 18th – 21st June
Haddington Show 27th June

Fettercairn Show 4th July
Dalkeith Show 11th July
New Deer Show 18th – 19th July
Border Union Show 24th – 25th July

Nairn Show 1st August
Black Isle Show 6th August
Scottish Show & Sale 8th August
Grantown Show 13th August
Keith Show 10th August

Many apologies if I have missed one out, if I have please contact and I will add it.

There are lots of other local shows which have “Any Other Breed” section always worth while entering Jacobs into that category too.


Sorry but due to the current and potential future restrictions the Open Day and Judges Seminar has been cancelled. This has been done as a precautionary measure only.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Saturday, 6 June 2020

At Lurg & Townhead Farm
Lurg Farm,
Crow Rd,
G63 0XJ

The Macmillan family have kindly agreed to host this event, along with the seminar we will also be able to view the Luraha flock of Jacobs, a fairly new flock but one that has already made an impact in the show and sale rings, Ewan is probably best known for Lurg Blackies a well established and very successful flock, along with the tour of the sheep he has booked some fun entertainment.

I won’t give anymore away but I’m sure we will see the competitive side of folk along with lots of laughs. There will also be a raffle and lunch.

JSS Scotland Open Day June

JSS Lurge Blackies

Please watch out for updates on this event over the coming months as I’m certain more will be added about the day.

JSS Scottish Show and Sale Date

August 8th 2020

JSS Scotland

Events in 2017

Young Handlers Workshop & Show Prep Demonstration – Sunday 15th October 2017

The Scottish Region will be holding a Young Handlers Workshop Day for youngsters up to the age of 18 years old & Show Prep Demonstration Day (All ages). This will be held at Dun-Mor (Connor & Dalrymple) on Sunday 15th October 2017 between 11am and 3pm.

The aim of the workshop is to show youngsters the basic points on preparing sheep for a show, how to handle sheep correctly in the ring as well as the correct way to put a halter on. This workshop is free to any youngsters aged 18 and under and those aged above this are welcome to come along too but you will not be included in any awards given out on the day!

There will be a chance for the youngsters to win a trophy. Gordon Connor (Field Officer) will judge the Young Handlers. He will judge the youngsters while they work along side Scott & Mairi. He will be looking out to see who is working the hardest and showing great skills when handling the sheep.
Also on the same day Scott will demonstrate to everyone some key skills when dressing sheep for the Show Ring. This will hopefully help us all improve our sheep for showing & selling. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The day is for all ages and all skill levels. So why not head over and see what it takes to get your sheep looking good.
We plan to hold a raffle for funds. If possible please bring a raffle prize.

A light lunch will be included free for the children taking part in the day. Adults lunch £3 per head

Tea & Coffee on arrival free

If you are interested in this event please can you contact Melaine (07545958982) or Mairi (07974379116)

More information on the schedule that will run during the day and directions will be available on this page nearer the time. Looking forward to seeing you there!

News & Events in 2017

Scottish Regional Show & Sale 2017 – Saturday 12th August 2017 inconjunction with Harrison & Hetherington at St Boswells Auction Mart, Melrose. Judge, Mr Max Harper

Scotland Show and Sale Report By Howard Walsh

(Top of 950gns at St Boswells)

Bidding reached 950gns in the Jacob Sheep Society’s Scottish Regional Show and Sale at St Boswells – a figure well short of last year’s top price.

Some of the section averages however surpassed the 2016 figures in what was a generally mixed trade.

Making top money in what was a four-horn dominated sale, was a big upstanding Deerpark shearling ewe, bred by the late Tony Reilly and sold by Connor and Dalrymple, Linlithgow. By a Deerpark sire and dam it has Blackbrook and Carochy blood behind it, and taking it home to Horwich, Lancashire, was Kevin Gaskell.

Not far behind on 850gns was the first prize ewe lamb and wool championship winner from the Carmarthenshire based Hope flock of Wyn and Siwan Harries. The lamb was actually by Kevin Gaskell’s Pike Field Braveheart and out of a Hyndshaw Highland Laddie sired Hope ewe. It was knocked down to Edie Crowe, Arbroath.

A 600gns bid secured the day’s female and reserve supreme champion for Ewen McMillan, Fintry, Glasgow. It was a shearling ewe from the Dunmor flock and sired by Edingale Hickory out of a Dunmor dam. Dunmor also had a shearling ewe at 420gns, this one by Rill Brazil out of a Hope ewe and the buyer was K. Dickinson, Fintry.

It was then the shearling ram and ram lamb classes that provided the rest of the higher prices, and not least, the day’s champion. Taking the top trophy was the Pike Filed Braveheart sired lamb, Hope Hurricane, from Wyn and Siwan Harries and which had stood first in class at the Royal Welsh. At St Boswells, it drew a 600gns bid from Robert and Jean Price, Churchstoke, Powys.

Mike Munro, Ladybank, Fife had a nice ram lamb at 500gns. Selling to E.J. Wilson, Wasdale, Cumbria, it is by Milldale Trueman out of one of Mike’s Kinloch ewes.

Two shearling rams made 580gns apiece. These included the Barbara Johnston-bred Arkleside Wilf, by Hope Welsh Lad. Sold by George Harper, Bonchester Bridge, Hawick, it went to W.D. and R. J. Thorburn, Beattock, Dumfries. At the same price, A.V. Hamilton, Abbey Row, Kelso, bought Dunmor Cantona from Connor and Dalrymple. It is a son of Edingale Hexagon out of a Dunmore ewe.

3 shearling rams £539; 8 ram lambs £330.75; 1 aged ram £294; 17 shearling ewes £329.51;18 ewe lambs £228.67; 3 aged ewes £164.50.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington

Scottish Region Show and Sale.
Champion Wyn and Siwan Harries Hope Flock with their Ram lamb Hope Hurricane. Reserve Champion Connor and Dalrymple Dun Mor Flock with their Shearling Ewe. Full Report to follow.

Can I take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who came and supported our Show and Sale. There was some super sheep passed under the hammer. Thanks to Max Harper for Judging. It was great to see some old faces return and support our Sale along with new members buying for the first time. We also put the Sale Live for the first time, great that people bought because of the Live link plus the figures show it also generated a lot of interest so we plan to look into a better system in the future.

Other Show Results-

Fife Show, Judge Scott Robertson                                    Overall Champion Shearling Ewe- Robert Locker
Reserve Champion Ewe Lamb- Robert Locker

Staffordshire County Show, Judge Lynn Jones               Scotlands Robert Locker made the long journey south to Staffordshire County Show and it was worth it at his Ewe Lamb was placed first by Welsh Judge Lyn Jones, she beat a strong class of 18 to take the red ticket.
Well done from JSS Scotland

Angus Show, Judge Mairi Connor                                    Overall Champion Ewe- Eddie Crowe
Reserve Champion Ram Lamb- Eddie Crowe

Alyth Show, Judge Jennifer Milton                                   Overall Champion – Ram Barbara Webster
Reserve Champion – Ewe Susan Bechelli
Lamb Pairs Champion- Susan Bechelli
Reserve Pairs Champion- Barbara Webster

Haddington Show,Judge Willie Thompson                      Overall Champion Ram- Dun-Mor
Reserve Champion Shearling Ewe- Dun-Mor

Fettercairn Show, Judge Robert Locker                          Overall Champion Shearling Ram- Adam Christie
Reserve Champion Ewe Lamb- Adam Christie

Dalkeith Show, Judge Gary Whyte                                 Overall Champion Ram Lamb- M&G Harper
Reserve Champion Shearling Ewe- Robert Locker

Great Yorkshire Show, Judge Jean Simmons               News just in from the Great Yorkshire Show Scotlands Dun-Mor have taken the top places again.
Dun-Mor Ace has taken the Champion spot for the second time at this show.

Reserve Champion Shearling Ewe- Dun-Mor

Reserve Male Champsion Shearling Ram- Dun-Mor
Well done from JSS Scotland

New Deer Show, Judge Susan Bechelli                        Overall Champion Ewe- Moira Milton
Reserve Champion Ram- Adam Christie

Nairn Show, Judge Richard Henderson                       Overall Champion Ewe Lam- Adam Christie
Reserve Champion Shearling Ewe- Jennifer Milton

Black Isle Show, Judge for Robert Locker                   Overall Champion and Female Champion Shearling Ewe – Linda McKendrick
Reserve Champion and Male Champion Shearling Ram – Linda McKendrick

                                                                                     Reserve Male Ram Lamb – Jennifer Milton
Reserve Female Ewe Lamb – Jennifer Milton

Keith Show, Judge Gordon Connor                             Overall Champion Shearling Ram – Adam Christie
Reserve Champion Ewe Lamb – Adam Christie

Grantown Show, Judge Scott Dalrymple                    OverallChampion Ewe Lamb – Adam Christie
Reserve Champion Shearling Ewe – Adam Christie

Scottish National Show 2017 – Saturday 29th July 2017 at Border Union, Kelso. Judge, Mr Robert Locker

What an amazing display of Jacobs today at our National Show at The Border Union, Kelso. Thanks has to go to all who took part today a fantastic way to end our show season in the Scottish Borders. Our judge Robert Locker from Greenlaw made a homebred Shearling Ewe from the Dun-Mor Team Overall Champion and Ben Stanleys Ewe Reserve Champion.
Dun-Mor also took Best Opposite Sex Trophy with Dun-Mor Ace along with the Harbell Trophy for Best Pair.

With around 30 Young Handlers at The Border Union, Kelso team Jacobs again did an amazing job they even managed to take a 5th place.

Well Done! Stars of the future.

A Special Birthday For A Special Lady-  Scotlands Helen Baillie turns 80 today, Helen is a familiar face in the Society and a very well respected lady who has dedicated a huge part of her life supporting the Jacob sheep society. Happy Birthday Helen from all at JSS Scotland enjoy your special day.

Royal Highland Show 2017 – Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th June 2017 – Jacob Judging on Thursday 22nd 2017. Judge, Mr Wyn Harris

Although class numbers were down today judge Wyn Harries from Wales had a good selection of quality jacobs presented for him to go through. Best in the section were Gordon Connor and Scott Dalrymple, with the three-shear ram, Dun-Mor Ace shown by Mairi Connor, home-bred from their 60-ewe flock at Bridgend, Linlithgow. Adam Christie brought a small show team of only three lambs but his ewe lamb caught Wyns eye and she travelledl back home with the reserve champion ticket.
Thanks to all our exhibitors as it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get their sheep looking so well and also to Wyn Harries for traveling up from Wales to judge today

Mairi Connor and Adam Christie were back in the ring with their champions. Sunday saw the Pairs Championship being judged unfortunately the Jacobs were not pulled forward but Mairi and Dun-Mor Ace were pulled forward in the line up the previous day (Saturday) in the Interbreed Championship.

The Tony Reilly Memorial Trophy was presented to Adam Christie for Reserve Champion with his ewe lamb, Tony’s daughter Jessica presented Adam with the trophy.

Alfie Teasdale aged 6 took this years Royal Highland Show Champion Dun-Mor Ace into the Young Handlers, the pair were were shortlisted and Alfie was thrilled to receive a special rosette.

A big thank you to Mary Connor for once again setting up the nibbles/drinks for our judging after party at the Royal Highland Show.

Some lovely words from Tony’s family I’m sure I speak for us all when I say that on Thursday we were all thinking of Tony and the many memories we have of him.

National AGM 2017 hosted by the Scottish Region – Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd April 2017 – booking form in the Winter 2016 Journal or details from Barbara Webster

Balgeddie Hotel

Friday saw us arrive at the Dun Mor Flock. There was a tremdous display of sheep on show here at Dun-Mor. We then went to the local Golf Club for a lunch and then while some people visited the Kelpies others headed back to the Balgeddie Hotel.

Saturday morning saw an early start after a night of party games no photos thankfully, we left the hotel and headed to Mike Munros Kinlock Flock. At Mikes we saw a grand display of pure Jacobs and also cross lambs. We went for lunch at Letham village hall where we ate some fine home cooking from the local ladies before heading away to Barbara Webster’s Carochy Flock, I’m sure Barbara had booked the weather, it was lovely to see Barbara’s RHS Champion Ram from 2015 looking so well.  We also saw a few sheep from Susan Bechellis Bonnygate Flock.
From there onto Lindores Abbey Distillery.

The Saturday night saw a delicious Gala dinner then onto the famous JSS auction, although some items weren’t actually in the auction and our Field Officer had to return his new purchase, can I also add the stick that was auctioned for funds Tony Reilly Memorial Trophy made £240, after all that we danced the night away to Koda a Scottish youth band.

A slightly later start on the Sunday we all headed of to Linda McKendricks Arnydie Flock. We could see Linda’s expanded flock of almost 60 jacobs basking in the Fife sun.
Scott Robertson (Avonside Flock) and Jennifer Milton (Cairdswood Flock) had traveled down from the north with sheep from both their flocks.

Also over weekend we had a wool and photography competition and for the first time ever the Scottish Region won the wool trophy.
Thanks to our judges Beryl and Suzanne and also to all that entered.

A huge thank you to the Scottish Region for what can only be described as a cracking weekend, great sheep, great fun and great company a weekend to remember.
Can I take this opportunity on behalf of us all to say thank you to our now retired Scottish RCM Barbara Webster you did an amazing job organising and getting everyone from A to B I hope tonight at some point you can put your feet up and have a well deserved drink.
Also thanks to our new RCM Melaine Harper and Mairi Connor, Sarah Webster, Gavin and Becky Haworth and Robert Locker, the list could go on and on.
Also thanks to everyone who traveled from Ireland/Wales/England & Scotland you all helped make the weekend a memorable one.

Archieve News & Events in 2016

Future Event – Scottish Region 2016 AGM – Sunday 2nd October, 11am  at Greenlaw Mill Farm, Greenlaw, Berwickshire TD106UB followed by a farm walk, view the sheep and lunch. All Welcome

CANCELLED +++Scottish Region Flock Competition – if you are interested in entering, please contact Barbara Webster for details – judges Paul Colhune and Ady Hamilton – provisional dates are 30th September,1st & 2nd October 2016

Scottish Region Show & Sale, 13th August 2016 at St Boswells Mart, Melrose -Scottish Jacobs peak at £1,950)

Sale Report by Howard Walsh

Ram lambs sold to a reasonably firm trade and topped the Jacob Society’s Scottish Region’s show and sale at Newtown St. Boswells at £1,950.
The sale attracted a catalogue of 68 registered sheep and it was the second prize ram lamb, the January born four-horned Adamski Drifter from Huntly breeder Adam Christie, which drew top price and sold to David Sizer, Cleatham, Darlington. It is by Blackbrook Dragon out of an Edingale ewe.
Mr Christie spent £1,000 of his takings when he bought the first prize ram lamb and reserve overall champion from Mr and Mrs D.W. Harries, Llandeilo. Another four horner, this was the January born Hope Knock Out by their successful Hyndshaw Highland Laddie and out of a Hyndshaw Flash-sired Hope ewe.
A £590 bid saw the Blackbrook Darcy sired Kinloch Freddie, from Mike Munro, Fife, selling to Lyn Jones Wales, while Paul Colhoun, Omagh, C. Tyrone, paid £550 for another lamb from Hope, the Hyndshaw Gareth-sired Hope Hawk.
Two at £520 were Linlithgow breeders Connor and Dalrymple’s Reilly-bred Deerpark shearling ram, Deerpark Jack 2 by Gowanbank Max –this was bought by J. and M. Milton, Keith, Aberdeen — and another ram lamb from Mike Munro, which sold to R.F. and D.J. Price, Churchstoke, Montgomery. This was by Blackbrook Fireballs.
Topping the females at £1,500 was the day’s supreme champion from Messrs Harries. This Royal Welsh winning January-born four-horned gimmer lamb by Hope Rocky Boy went to the judge, Lesley Partridge, Webheath, Redditch. Tony Reilly, Tranent East Lothian, paid £900 for another Hope lamb, this one by Hyndshaw Highland Laddie.
The dearest shearling ewe at £600 was a Dunmor Xerox daughter from Connor and Dalrymple and bought by Ewen MacMillan, Fintry, Glasgow.
AVERAGES: 9 ram lambs £600; 5 shearling rams £316; 3 aged rams £180; 16 ewe lambs £300.31; 18 shearling ewes £212.50; 5 ewes £135.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Archive News & Events in 2015

Scottish Region Show & Sale, 8th August 2015 at St Boswells Mart, Melrose

Please click here to view the catalogue

News & Events in 2014

Young Handlers Workshop & Judges Discussion Sunday 19 October 2014 JSS Young Handlers Workshop will be from 11 to 3pm courtesy of Messers Connor & Dalrymple at Dun-Mor, Auldhill Road, Bridgend, Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6ND. We will be showing the youngsters the basic points on preparing and handling sheep for a show. This event is FREE to all participants up to the age of 18 years old. “Novice” handlers over the age of 18 can also attend but will not be included in any awards given. A packed lunch will also be available to all participants.

If you have or know of any youngsters who would like to participate in this day please let Gordon know ASAP (Tel 01506 834806 or Mob 07831 492890)

– Prior to the Young Handlers Workshop, there will be a Judges Discussion starting at 10am – Judges from all regions are very welcome.

Welcome to New Members

The Jacob Sheep Society and the Scottish Region would like to welcome a new member to the Sociey, Miss Victoria Birch of Irongay, Dumfries and Miss Abigail Harris of Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.

We hope that you enjoy being a member of the Society and we hope to meet you in person at one of our Regional events during 2014.

Scottish Region Events 2014
* Saturday 31 May – Scottish Smallholder & Grower Spring Gathering, Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5XZ. JSS Breed Promotion stand & Jacob showing in the British Hill & Upland class. 
* Wednesday 4 June – NSA ScotSheep 2014, Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3RS.
JSS Breed Promotion stand.
* Thursday 19 June to Sunday 22 June – Royal Highland Show, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB. Jacob sheep judging will be held on Thursday 19 June at 2.30 pm. Judge Mr Alex Leggate.
* Saturday 26 July – Scottish National Jacob Show, Border Union Show, Springwood Park, Kelso, TD5 8LS.
* Friday 8 August – St. Boswells Show & Sale Dinner, The Hoebridge Inn, Gattonside. See below for more information, map and menu.
* Saturday 9 August – Scottish Region Show & Sale, John Swan Ltd., Newtown St. Boswells, Roxburghshire, TD6 0PP. Inspections 7.30 am, Show 9.30 am & Sale of registered pedigrees & stores at 11.30 am or immediately after the conclusion of the Show.
* Saturday 27 September – Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival, Lanark Agricultural Centre, Hyndford Road, Lanark, ML11 9AX. JSS Breed Promotion stand and Jacob showing in the British Hill & Upland class.
* Sunday 19 October– JSS Young Handlers Workshop at Dun-Mor, courtesty of Messrs. Connor & Dalrymple. More information to follow.

St. Boswells Show & Sale 2014, Sale report by Howard Walsh

Hope breeding dominates Scottish Region sale

A four-horned ram lamb from Wales made the top price of 1,650gns in the Jacob Sheep Society’s Scottish Regional show and sale in Newtown St. Boswells.

It was from the Harries family, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire who are regular sale toppers at the Scottish sale. They had the three top prices and it was also the second time in succession they won the championship – again with a ram lamb.

Registered in Wyn and Siwan Harries daughter Sara’s Gobaith flock, the January lamb is by Hyndshaw Highland Laddie and out of a Hyndhsaw ewe and was bought with a telephone bid from Lesley Partridge for her Bentley flock at Redditch, Worcestershire.

From Wyn and Siwan’s own Hope flock, Hope Laddie was the second prize ram lamb in class, and the second highest ram lamb price at 800gns. Another by Highland Laddie, and out of a Hope ewe, the end of January lamb went to Mr and Mrs Willie and Edie Crowe, Arbroath, Angus.

The third prize ram lamb also made third best price in the section. It was the January born Kinloch Duke from Mike Munro, Ladybank, Fife who took a 720gns bid for the Blackbrook Darcy sired lamb out of a Kinloch ewe, from Meathop flock owners, Mr and Mrs Stephen Harrison, Grange over Sands, Cumbria.

A shearling ram, Dunmor Zorro, from Gordon Connor and Scott Dalrymple and with a deep Dunmor pedigree behind it, made 620gns to T. Roper, Cleator Moor, Cumbria.

The sale’s reserve champion was a shearling ewe, also from the Linlithgow based Dunmor  flock and by the same sire as the shearling ram and it made 390gns to Horwich, Lancashire breeder Kevin Gaskell.

It was back to the Hope flock for the three first prizes in the ewe lamb class and three best prices. All were by Hope Rocky out of Hope ewes and the dearest at 830gns – the third prize lamb – was picked up by Mr and Mrs Crowe.

Hyndshaw flock owner Helen Baillie, Carluke, Lanarkshire bought the other two at 300gns and 295gns.

Averages: 4 ewes £100.80; 18 shearling ewes £135.74; 20 ewe lambs £149.99; 3 senior rams £231; 7 shearling rams £202.50,11 ram lambs £420.

Auctioneers John Swan, Newtown St. Boswells.

Scottish National Jacob Show & The Border Union Show 2014

For the first year this year the Scottish National Show for Jacob sheep will be held at the Border Union Show, Kelso and is kindly sponsored by Crystalix who are also donating additional prize money.

This is set to be a great addition to the Scottish showing calendar, with the national show moving to a new agricultural show each year. We also have the addition this year of four new trophies: The Arnydie Perpetual Cup and the R E McKendrick Perpetual Trophy, both kindly presented by Miss Linda McKendrick, the Harbell Trophy to be presented by Mr and Mrs M W Harper of Cavers, Hawick for the best pair and the Crystalix Trophy. The prize money for the show will be touching £700!

Judging will be held on Saturday 26 July and the judge will be Mr Stephen Harrison. Entries close Monday 23 June.

Please see the links below for BUAS membership, the show schedule and entry form. The JSS is looking forward to a great turn out from members to kick off the first Scottish national show. Next year the national show will move to the Black Isle and then on to Perth the year after.

Border Union Entry Form

Border Union Membership Form

Border Union Schedule

NSA Scotsheep 2014 Young Shepherd of the Year

This year’s competition is to be held at Quixwood Farm, Duns, Berwickshire on Wednesday 4 June 2014 and if you are aged 26 and under as of September 28 2014, then you are eligible to enter.

Depending on the level of interest regional qualifying competitions may be held in early May to select the top twelve contestants to compete in the Scottish final at NSA Scotsheep 2014.

For more information and to download a copy of the entry form, please click on the links below.

NSA Young Shepherd 2014 Information

NSA Young Shepherd 2014 Entry Form

Beginners Shearing Course

There is a possibility that a BWMB beginners one-day course of blade/hand shearing may run in the Scottish Region and we are looking for participants/interest.

The course would need a minimum of 4 people for it to run and the proposed date is 15 June. The cost would be £100 per person for the day and it would be hosted by Dean Sewell at Carfrae Mill (near Lauder) in the Scottish Borders.

For more information and to register your interest please email Dean Sewell on

Thank you

Scottish Region 2014 AGM

The 2014 AGM will be held on Sunday 23 March 2014 at the Star & Garter Hotel, 1 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AB. The meeting will start at 11.00 am & a bar menu will be available for lunch.

The meeting will be held in the hotel’s function suite which is located to the rear of the entrance to the hotel/entrance for Linlithgow train station. Parking is available to the rear of the hotel & additional parking can be found across the road at the Tesco supermarket.

All members are welcome & we hope to see you there!

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News & Events in 2013

Welcome to New Members

The Jacob Sheep Society and the Scottish Region would like to welcome new members to the Society.

Welcome to Mr K Flucker of Lauder, Berwickshire, Mrs Nicky Ross of Grantown-On-Spey, Highlands & Ms Naomi Bremner of Deerness, Orkney.

We hope that you enjoy being a member of the Society and we hope to meet you in person at one of our Regional events during 2013.

Scottish Region Open Day

The Scottish Region Open Day will be held this year on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October.

It will consist of a Judges seminar and flock visit to the Firthview Flock (Al Lyons, Canisbay, Wick, Caithness).

Full itenerary and details to follow shortly but in order that the transport, accommodation etc. can be arranged, could anyone interested in attending the visit please contact Scottish Regional Representative, Barbara Webster, by the 20 September to note your interest. Contact details for Barbara can be found in the box at the top of the page.

Thank you.

Royal Highland Show 2014

The Royal Highland Show 2014 will be held at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh from Thursday 19 June to Sunday 22 June.

Please note this is a change from the previously announced show dates of 26-29 June.

Scottish Region Show & Sale 2013 Update

The Show & Sale catalogue is now available to download as a PDF, to so this please click here.

Please note entries are now closed.

Just as a reminder inspection of sheep begins at 7.30 am, judging commences at 9.30 am and the Sale will follow on at 11.30 am or immediately after showing ends.

The sale comprises of 110 Jacob sheep – 8 ewes, 32 gimmers, 16 ewe lambs, 10 tups, 14 tup lambs and 30 store sheep.

To download the Show & Sale Inspection Guidance Notes please click here.

Scottish Region Show & Sale 2013

The Scottish Region Show & Sale will be held on Saturday August 3 at John Swan Auction Mart, Newtown St. Boswells. The Show will be judged this year by Mr Clive Richardson.

Entries are now being taken. Entries for registered females and males are priced at £10 per sheep. There is no entry fee for store lambs. Entries close on Friday July 5.

To download more information and entry forms, please click on any of the links below.

St. Boswells 2013 Show & Sale Entry Form

St. Boswells 2013 Show & Sale Rules of Entry

St. Boswells 2013 Show & Sale Prize List

New Regional Council Member

As Gordon Connor has now left the Scottish Region as RCM and moved on to his new post of Field Officer, we would like to congratulate Barbara Webster on taking up the post as our new RCM for the Scottish Region. Congratulations Barbara!

CANCELLED – Young Handlers Workshop Day 2013

Unfortunately the Young Handlers day has been cancelled due to low numbers of interest in attending. However, the event will be rescheduled for later in the year.

The Scottish Region will be holding a Young Handlers Workshop Day for youngsters up to the age of 18 years old. This will be held at Dun-Mor (Connor &Dalrymple) on Sunday June 2 between 11am and 3pm.

The aim of this year’s workshop is choosing sheep for the showing, identifying faults and understanding the breed standard.

This workshop is free to any youngsters aged 18 under and those aged 18 are welcome to come along too but you will not be included in any awards given out on the day! The cup for the Best Young Handler will be judged and awarded at the workshop.

A packed lunch will be provided for all workshop participants and please remember to bring along old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or a change of clothes.

If you are interested in attending or have children that would like to come along, please email your interest to the Scottish Region Representative, Gordon Connor, on

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations Gordon!

Gordon Connor has been elected as National Field Officer. Ringing from on holiday in Tenerfie, Gordon said ‘I would like to thank all the Scottish Members who voted for me and who have supported me during my two terms as Regional Council Member for Scotland. I would like to wish whoever takes on the role for Scotland well and has my continued support in the region, best wishes to all’.

Vacancy – Regional Council Member Scotland

Following the election of Gordon Connor to the position of National Field Officer, there is now a vacancy for the role of Regional Council Member for the Scottish Region. Nomination papers will be posted to all Scottish members shortly and any paid up member is entitled to be nominated for this role. The nominated person should sign the form along with a proposer and seconder from Scotland. In the event of more than one nomination, an election will be head within the region.

To download a copy of the nomination paper for Regional Council Member click here.

Scottish Region AGM 2013

The Scottish Region AGM will be held at The Quality Hotel Ingliston Sunday 24th March at 11am.

Lunch or snacks will be available from the Bar Menu as usual and if possible can you please let Gordon Connor know by phone or email if you are going, so we can get an idea of numbers. Gordon’s contact details can be found at the top of the page.
Thank you.

News & Events In 2012

A Festive Note

We would like to wish all JSS members, especially those in the Scottish Region, a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Thank you to all those who have attended events in the region, volunteered your help in many ways and also for attending shows and sales.

We hope that you all have a successful lambing and all the best for 2013!

Flock Competition Update

Regrettably the Scottish Region flock competition that was due to run between the 12-14 October has been cancelled for this year.

St. Boswells Show & Sale Report 

John Swan Ltd, St Boswells conducted the official Scottish Regional Sale of Jacob Sheep on behalf of the Jacob Sheep Society Ltd.

The overall Champion was a Ram Lamb from Mrs H Baillie, Hyndshaw which sold for 1200gns to Mrs A Simpson, Whitedale, East Yorks. Shearling Rams sold to900gns from M/s Connor & Dalrymple to Mrs Fletcher, Blessington Co. Wicklow.

Ewes sold to 200gns from Mr Reilly Deer Park; Gimmers sold to 840gns from Mrs Baillie, Hyndshaw & 580gns Miss Kendall, Longdales; Ewe lambs sold to 650gns Mrs Baillie, Hyndshaw.

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Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival 2012

The Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival will take place on Sunday 30 September at Forfar Market, Angus.

There are five classes for sheep (ram lamb, ewe lamb, ewe, ram and pair) in each of the five sections:

British Hill & Upland – e.g. Swaledale, Blackface, Herdwick, Cheviot etc.

Northern Short Tailed – e.g. Shetland, Hebridean, Soay, Boreray etc.

British Lowland – e.g. Suffolk, Jacob, Hampshire, Poll Dorset etc.

British Longwool – e.g. Border Leicester, Teesdale, Lincoln Longwool, Wensleydale etc.

Continental – Any

There will also be classes for best horns, butcher’s lambs, wool on the hoof and Young Handlers as well as an award for the best livestock pens which is sponsored by the show’s hosts Lawrie & Symington.

As well as the sheep classes, there are classes for pigs, goats, poultry & waterfowl plus a craft & produce show & a sausage competition. A programme of demonstrations & seminars will also run plus there will be local food & crafts.

The deadline for entries is Friday 7 September. To download a copy of the sheep entry form please click here and to view the sheep schedule please click here.

For more information on the event as well as directions, times and tickets please click on the link below.

Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival 2012

Scottish Region Flock Competition 

The Scottish Region Flock Competition will be held between Friday 12 and Sunday 14 October 2012 and flocks will be judged by Mr S. Dodsworth & Mr W. Thompson.

To enter the flock competition, please send your completed entry form and a cheque made payable to the ‘Jacob Sheep Society’ to Gordon Connor at the address shown on the entry form. The fee for entering the flock competition is £15.00.

The closing date for entries has been extended until September 22 2012.

To download a PDF version of the entry form, please click here. Thank you and good luck with your entries!

 Royal Highland Show 2012

Champion – Connor & Dalrymple, G & S

Reserve – Mr Robert Locker

Best Female Bred by Exhibitor, Best Four Horned Sheep, Best Bred by Exhibitor, Best Femal, Best Tup Bred by Exhibitor & Best Male – Connor & Dalrymple, G & S

Reserve Male & Group of Three – Mr & Mrs W Crowe

Best Ram Lamb & Best Wool on the Hoof – Mrs H Baillie

Reserve Female – Mr Robert Locker

To view the results in full please click here

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Scottish Region Show & Sale

The Scottish Region Show & Sale will be held this year at John Swan Ltd. Auction Mart at Newtown St. Boswells Market on Tuesday 7 August. Our judge will be Mr Stephen Harrison.

Inspection of sheep will commence at 7.30 am, judging will begin at 10.30 am and the sale will follow at 12 noon.

The deadline for entries has been extended until the 25 July.

Scotsheep 2012 

The NSA Scotsheep event was held at Dumfries House yesterday, June 6, and was attended by the Scottish Region with their JSS stand. A good but tiring day was had by all at the event. Lots of leaflets were handed out to potential new members and Jacob sheep keepers and we even had an impromtu talk about Jacobs given to a group of eager school children, by Chairman Robert Locker. We had lots of positive comments about our stand as well which was great to hear.

Prince Charles officially openen the event in the morning and BBC’s Countryfile presenter Adam Henson was also there.

Scotsheep is Scotland’s flagship event and is held every two years and attracts a large amount of sheep farmers from all over the country. Dumfries House was saved for the nation by Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, in 2007. The adjoining 900-acre farm is run as a joint venture between the Prince’s charities and the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group, Morrisons.

Thank you to Mike Munro for kindly lending two Jacob gimmers and a Jacob ewe with Texel cross lambs for the stand. Also thank you to Robert Locker and Wullie Thompson for helping out on the stand, Nigel Gibb for providing the lovely Jubilee planters and taking all the items for the stand up there the day before to set up and to Barbara Webster and Linda McKendrick for also helping out and bringing the sheep to the event.

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Young Handler’s Workshop Day

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Scottish Region Young Handler’s Workshop which was held on Sunday 3 June at Dun-Mor, West Lothian.

In total nine youngsters attended the event and were put through their paces by Gordon Connor and Scott Dalrymple. The young handlers learned how to put a halter on correctly, wash a sheep and card out the wool before lunch time. Following lunch, they were shown how to dress a sheep using handshears and how to oil the horns. This was followed by a mock line-up with Robert Locker as judge who explained what features the judges are looking for in a sheep when in the show ring and how a sheep should be correctly presented to the judge.

The cup for Best Young Handler was awarded on the day and judge George Reid kept a close eye on proceedings throughout, finally coming to the decision that the cup should be awarded to Sammy Mitchell. Congratualtions Sammy! All youngsters received a certificate for successfully completing the workshop day.

Thank you to Gordon Connor and his family for their hospitality as well as Scott Dalrymple for showing the youngsters how to prepare their sheep for the show ring. Thank you also to George Reid for judging the youngsters and awarding the cup.

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Young Handlers Workshop Day

The Scottish Region will be holding a Young Handlers Workshop Day for youngsters up to the age of 18 years old. This will be held at Dun-Mor (Connor &Dalrymple) on Sunday June 3 between 11am and 3pm.

The aim of the workshop is to show youngsters the basic points on preparing sheep for a show, how to handle sheep correctly in the ring as well as the correct way to put a halter on. This workshop is free to any youngsters aged 18 under and those aged 18 are welcome to come along too but you will not be included in any awards given out on the day!

The cup for the Best Young Handler will be judged at the workshop and will be awarded by Mr George Reid. Please note that the award for the Best Young Handler will therefore will not be given at the Scottish Region Show & Sale in August.

A packed lunch will be provided for all workshop participants and please remember to bring along old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or a change of clothes. If you are interested in attending or have children that would like to come along, please email your interest to the Scottish Region Representative, Gordon Connor, on

More information on the schedule that will run during the day and directions will be availble on this page nearer the time. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Scottish Region West Coast Trip

The trip away to the west coast for the Scottish Region will be held on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September 2012. During the trip we will be visitng four flocks, including those belonging to Duncan Robb, David Keys, Jill Bowiss and Jim Wilson. Accommodation will be available at the Royal Hotel in Oban.

If you are interested in attending, please forward name(s) to Regional Representative, Gordon Connor before 22 June. Due to the popularity of this trip away and the limited number of spaces, a deposit will be needed to secure places. Please send a cheque made payable to Gordon Connor (address at top of page) for £20.00 per person attending the trip. Sorry but the deposit is non-refundable.

More details about the trip and the itinerary will be updated on this page nearer the time.

Thank you and hope to see a good turnout for our trip which looks to be an interesting and enjoyable weekend!

Scottish Region AGM

The Scottish Region AGM will be held on Sunday, 26 February at The Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport. The meeting will start at 11.00 am and as per pervious meetings, lunch will be available. There will also be a raffle, and any donations towards this will be gratefully received.

Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8AU. Tel: 0131 333 4331.

News & Events in 2011

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

As the festive period approaches closely followed by the drawing to a close of 2011, the Jacob Sheep Society would like to thank all of its Scottish Region Members for their support and participation throughout 2011.

Whether you have judged a show, helped or took part in a show and sale, contributed to the Journal or came to watch the Jacob classes at many of the local agricultural shows, your support is greatly appreciated. It’s fantastic to have so many members that are so enthusiastic about their Jacob sheep and at the same time also providing a great network of friends and support for one another.

A big thank you should also be mentioned again to Mike Munro for holding a very successful and interesting open day that was enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you also to those members and friends who came from across the Border or further afield to take part in the Scottish Region Show and Sale or even the Royal Highland Show, again your support and enthusiasm is fantastic and appreciated.

Below is a small photo slideshow of some scenes from 2011 for you to look back on and we would like to wish everybody not only in the Scottish Region but throughout the Society a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the shows and sales throughout 2012!

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Scottish Region Open Day 2011 Report

An interesting and unusual open day awaited visitors at Kinloch Farm, Ladybank, Fife, the home of Mike Munro. Jacobs from Mike’s Kinloch flock were penned to see along side his commercial crosses. Kinloch Jacobs are bred pure to produce replacements from the best ewes, then Texel tups sire the next generation. Progeny from these are then crossed with Beltex sires. Sheep were penned in their respective groups, through the generations together with explanations of carcass confirmation and fat classes.

A competition to guess the weight of 9 lambs (3 Jacob wethers, 3 Jacob x Texel, 3 Jacob x Texel x Beltex) was won by Debbie Harvey. In a family double, Mr Harvey came closest to guessing the dam and sire of the 4 lambs which proved to be a mixture of Zwartbles, mules, Jacob and Texel crosses.

Mike and his family went to a tremendous effort and provided a magnificent spread of bakery, kebabs, burgers and pies and on behalf of the Scottish Region, we would like to extend our thanks to them for hosting such a different and enjoyable open day.

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Scottish Region Committee Meeting

The Scottish Region Committee Meeting will be held at the The Quality Hotel, Ingliston, Edinburgh on Sunday 6th November 2011 at 11.00 am.

Flock Competition Winners 2011

Large Flock

Winners     Messers Connor & Dalrymple

Reserve      Mr Robert Locker

Small Flock

Winners     Mr & Mrs W & E Crowe

Reserve      M & M Harper

Scottish Regional Show & Sale at St Boswells 9th August 2011 

John Swan Ltd conducted the Scottish Regional Show & Sale of Jacob Sheep on behalf of the Jacob Sheep Society Ltd. Top price 850gns was for a 2 year old ram from Mr DW Harries, Carmarthenshire purchased by Mrs Mary Leggate. A Ram Lamb from Mr GF Harper sold for 650gns followed by 420gns for a ram lamb from Mrs H Baillie. Ewe Lambs sold to 340gns from B Johnstone, an Overage Ewe from Mrs H Baillie, Hyndshaw made 300gns and Gimmers sold to 300gns from Barbara Webster. The show champion was a Shearling Ram from Messrs Connor & Dalrymple which sold for 300gns.

Averages: 8 Ewes £105.92; 36 Gimmers £164.50; 6 Shearling Rams £171.50; 18 Ram Lambs £183.75; 29 Ewe Lambs £125.13.

Scottish Region Show & Sale Champion, a Shearling tup from Messers Connor & Dalyrymple

Championship line up showing (front right), 1st tup lamb from George Harper (centre front) the champion shearling tup from Messers Connor & Dalrymple (front left) Reserve Champion aged tup from DW Harries, (back left) 1st Gimmer from Messers Connor & Dalyrmple (back right) 1st ewe lamb from M&M Harper.

Show Results:

Ewe – 1st H Baillie, 2nd L Wilson & A Whitelaw

Gimmer – 1st Connor & Dalrymple, 2nd R Francis, 3rd Connor & Dalrymple

Ewe Lamb – 1st M & M Harper, 2nd D W Harries, 3rd D W Harries

Aged Ram – 1st D W Harries, 2nd Mrs R Blacknell

Shearling Ram – 1st Connor & Dalrymple, 2nd Mrs R Blacknell, 3rd H Walsh

Ram Lamb – 1st G Harper, 2nd Connor & Dalrymple, 3rd H Walsh

Champion Shearling Ram – Connor & Dalrymple
Reserve –   G Harper (Ram Lamb)
Best Opposite Sex –  M & M Harper (Ewe Lamb)

Royal Highland Show 2011 June 23rd-26th

Winners of the 2011 show were Messers Connor & Dalrymple from Bridgend with a Deerpark Ewe. This is the third consecutive win for the pair. Reserve Champion was a shearling tup from Mr Clive Richardson of Cumbria. Results are below.

Aged Tup Shearling Tup
1st Messers Connor & Dalrymple 1st Mr Clive Richardson
2nd Mr C Richardson 2nd Mrs E Crowe
3rd Mr R Locker 3rd Mr S Dodsworth
Tup Lamb Ewe in milk
1st Mr G Harper 1st Messers Connor & Dalrymple
2nd Mr R Locker 2nd Mrs E Crowe
3rd Mrs H Baillie 3rd Mr R Locker
Gimmer Ewe in milk in Full Wool
1st Mr S Dodsworth 1st Mr R Locker
2nd Mrs E Crowe 2nd Mrs M Leithead
3rd Mrs E Crowe 3rd M&M Harper
Ewe Lamb Best Group of 3 Mrs E Crowe
Best 4 horned sheep Messers Connor & Dalrymple
1st Mrs E Crowe
2nd Messers Connor & Dalrymple Best Wool Mr S Dodsworth
3rd Messers Conner & Dalrymple Best Bred Male Mr C Richardson
Best Bred Female

Most Points  Messers Connor & Dalrymple

Mr R Locker

Supreme Champion – Messers Connor & Dalyrmple – Ewe

Reserve Champion – Mr C Richardshon – Shearling tup

Judge – Mr John Newborough of Lincolnshire

The Champion ewe from Messers Connor & Dalrymple, holding the new Miss Bartholomew memorial trophy. Clive Richardson pictured with his Reserve Champion shearling tup


Mr John Newbourough judges the ewe in milk and ewe in milk in full wool classes

Helen Baillie presents Steven Dodsworth with the new Best Woolled Sheep trophy.Isobell Nicolson helps Barbara Webster recover her tup lamb which escaped from the ring

The Shearling tup class being judged and Scott Dalrymple dressing his aged tup ahead of judging

    • Proposed Workshop Day – we are looking to hold a workshop for young members and friends aged between 12 and 23. A similar event was held in the sounth and was a great sucess. The day will consist of working with sheep, the correct way to inject, pairing feet and getting sheep ready for shows etc. We will hopefully also get a local vet to give a talk on caring for sheep. This event is sponsored by the Pat Bromley Memorial Fund. Please contact Gordon if you would be interested in attending.
    • Scottish Region AGM was held on Sunday 27th March 2011 Quality Hotel Ingliston with about 30 members and friends attending. Minutes to follow.

 AGM at Ingleston

  • Judges Forum 2011– There will be a Judges Forum held on 9th October 2011 at Dun-Mor, Bridgend starting at 11am. More details to follow.

New Members Joining in 2011

  • Mrs JM Andrews, Lower Coubister, Finstown, Orkney KW17 2ET

  • Mrs Clare Bailey, Cistern Croft, Brucklay, Maud, Aberdeenshire. AB42 4RD

Events in 2010

Flock Assessment & Competition

The bi-annual flock assessment and competition was judged on 1st, 2nd & 3rd October 2010 by Gavin Haworth and Howard Walsh from the Northern Region. The results were announced by the judges on 21st November 2010 at The Quality Inn, Ingleston and are listed below.

Best Large Flock – 1st Messers Connor & Dalrymple, 2nd Barbara Webster, 3rd Marion Leithead

Best Small Flock – 1st Helen Baillie, 2nd M&M Harper, 3rd Mr J McLean

Best Tup – 1st Barbara Webster, 2nd Messers Connor & Dalyrmple, 3rd Fiona Thornburn

Best Two Gimmers – 1st Linda McKendrick, 2nd Marion Leithead, 3rd Messers Connor & Dalrymple

Best Three Ewe Lambs – 1st Helen Baillie, 2nd Messers Connor & Dalyrmple, 3rd Robert Locker

Northern Area Show & Sale 2010, St Boswells

John Swan Limited held their annual Show and Sale of Jacob Sheep on Tuesday 10th August on Behalf of the Northern Area Jacob Sheep Society.  The judge Mr Wyn Harries, Hope Farm, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire awarded the championship to a Shearling Ram from Mrs Barbara Webster’s Carochy flock based in Newburgh, Fife.  The Shearling later made 650gns, the top price of the day to Mr A Reilly of Dere Park flock near Edinburgh.  Females were in high demand with buyers present from all parts of the UK including many new purchasers in attendance.

Leading prices

  • Ewes per head: 220gns Mr S Mason ‘JURA’, 180gns Mrs B Webster ‘CAROCHY.’
  • Gimmers:- 550gns, 440gns, 400gns G Conner & S Dalrymple ‘DUN-MOR,’ 370gns Mrs H Baillie ‘HYNDSHAW.’
  • Ewe Lambs:- 300gns Mr I Smith ‘OAKTREE’ and R Locker ‘EDINGALE,’ 250gns Mrs H Baillie ‘HYNDSHAW,’ 220gns Mrs Fiona Thorburn ‘RAEKNOWES.’
  • Aged Ram;- 520gns G Conner & S Dalrymple ‘DUN-MOR,’ 380gns B Webster ‘CAROCHY.’
  • Shearling Rams:- 420gns, 220gns G Conner & S Dalrymple ‘DUN-MOR,’ 220gns B Webster ‘CAROCHY.’
  • Ram Lambs:- 450gns Mrs H Baillie ‘HYNDSHAW,’ 400gns Mr D.W Harries ‘HOPE FARM.’
  • Store Lambs:- £77, £70 Burnside.  Cross Lambs:- £65, £52 Bogallan, £51, £50 Island flock, Isle of Kerrera, Oban.

Championship line-up. (Left)Aged tup from Messers Connor & Dalrymple, Barbara Webster’s Chamipon shearling tup, Helen Baillie’s tup lamb and a gimmer from Messers Connor and Dalrymple completes the line up.

Scotsheep 2010

The Scottish Region took the Breed Promotion stand to this event held at Mains of Burnbank, Blairdrummond, Stirling on Wednesday 2 June. The first fine, sunny day of June ensured an excellent turn out of visitors. Those helping on the stand including Gordon and Mairi Connor, Willie Thompson and Sheena, Helen Baillie and Robert Locker were able to speak with interested visitors, members and friends and give out the promotional leaflets. A highlight of the day was when Adam Henson from BBC Country File visited the stand.

Isobel Nicholson with Gordon, Mairi, Willie and Helen

Gordon Connor discusses Jacob Sheep with Adam Henson on a visit to the stand

Crossed Texel hoggs, kindly loaned by Mike Munroe

Royal Highland Show 2010

Following another very successful show, which saw Messers Connor & Dalyrmple take Champion honours with their gimmer, the committee would like to thank the 2010 judge, Mr Willie Thompson, Marion Leithead for giving the vote of thanks and Mary Connor for organising the post-judging party in the sheep lines afterwards.  It was also very good to see both the Society Chairman, Gareth Jones, and the Secretary, Lousie Smith, attending the show this year.

The RHS Champion 2010 – a gimmer from Messers Connor & Dalrymple

The RHS Reserve Champion 2010 – a ewe from Mrs H Baillie

Scottish Region Open Day 2010

The Scottish Region visit to ‘The North’ took place on 9th & 10th October 2010. Leaving in the minibus from Bridgend and Perth were 13 members and friends, plus a convoy behind and others joining enroute.

Members headed first to Scot Robertson’s Avonside flock at Easter Fodderletter near Tomintoul, Aberdeenshire where the Field Officers facilitated a judges seminar for full panel and provisional judges. With a quick stop for a wee dram at the Glenfiddich distillary enroute to Jenifer Milton’s Cairdswood flock at Newton of Auchindachy, near Keith, Aberdeenshire. Members viewed the sheep and cattle and took part in a question and answer session sparking lively debate particularly about unregistered ewe lambs following on from the recent journal article. The Field Officer agreed to take on board the strong views of members where crossing unregistered Jacobs is a big feature of farming in Scotland. Taking leave from Keith, the tour headed to Nairn in Invernessshire where the party started for real!

The first Sunday visit was to Janie Frazer’s Greenlands flock in Arabella, near Tain, Ross-shire. Memebers were able to view this large flock on a beautiful autumn day before heading south to view Cathy Urquhart’s Balmore flock at North Kessock, Invernessshire.

Throughout the weekend, members were treated to exceptional hospitality and refreshements. The committee would like to thank the hosts and their families for allowing us to visit and making the whole weekend such a great experience.


Scot Robertson’s Avonside Flock.                  Provisional Judges, Melanie Harper and Susan Bechelli take part in the judges seminar facilitated by the Field Officer, Jean Blacknell


Gordon Connor presents Scot Robertson with a present from the region for hosting the visit. A view across Aberdeenshire, home to the Avonside Flock.

Helen Baillie and Isolbell Nicolson head quickly to the bar for a wee dram in the Gelnfiddich Distillary

Members view Jenifer Milton’s Cairdswood flock at Newton of Auchindachy

Moria, Jenifer, Jim and Gordon give their views during the Q&A session

The only printable picture of events in Nairn. Other photos of Isobel downing a vodka mix from Uncle Bob’s Bar Football team’s trophy are believed to be circulating on the internet!

Janie Frazer chats to Linda McKenrick about her Greenlands Flock in Ross-shire

Cathy Urquhart’s Balmore Flock

Our weekend hosts – Cathy, Moria, Jenifer and Janie (just missing Scot!)

Border Union Show, Kelso 2010 – Judge, Linda McKendrick

Championship line-up. Championship honors go to M&M Harper’s gimmer and Reserve Champion was Edward Stevenson’s gimmer

Events From 2009

Scotland Regional Open Day 2009, including a Judges Seminar – was held on 25th October 2009, by kind permission of Linda McKendrick, Fife, home to the Arnydie flock and winner of the 2008 small flock of the Year competition. Our Open day attracted some 45 members, judges and friends from the far North of Scotland down to the North of England. It was also a pleasure to see many new members attending. The day started off with a seminar for provisional and full panel judges. The theme of the seminar was ‘consistency amongst all judges’. The main Open Day started at 12 o’clock and consisted of a stock judging competition, guess the year photo competition and a sheep dressing demonstration which was expertly facilitated by Scott Dalrymple. Winners of the various competitions are listed below.

On behalf of the Scottish Region, I would like to thank Linda for her hospitality and also Barbara Webster and Mike Munro for bringing along sheep from their flocks to add to the good show of sheep Linda herself showed.

Stock Judging Competition Winners

1st Equal Max Harper & Scott Robertson
3rd Mike Munro

Guess the Year Photo Competition

1st Equal Helen Baillie & Mairi Connor

Also announced at the Open Day were the winners of the 2009 ‘Flock of the year’ competition, for competitors gaining most points at nominated shows in 2009. The winners are list below:

Winner – Large Flock 2009 

Champion – G Connor & S Dalrymple
Reserve – B Webster

Winner – Small Flock 2009

Champion – Helen Baillie

Reserve – Linda McKendrick

Members visit the Arnydie Flock

Gordon thanks Linda for hosting the Scotland Region Open Day 2009


Barabar Webster presents Gordon, Scott and Helen, winners of the ‘Flock of the year’ competition with their trophies

Autumn Committee Meeting of the Scottish Regional Committee took place on Sunday 27th September at Dobbies Garden Centre, Edinburgh to discuss events and arrangments for next year. More details to follow.

National AGM Weekend; took place on 24th to 26th April 2009 with flock visits to Brockielaw, Harbell, Auldhill, Dunmor and Edingale flocks, plus a trip around the Mordun Foundation.

                     The Edingale Flock                                     The Dumor Flock

                The Harbell Flock                                                    The Cavers Flock

The President, Stan Taylor, and the Deputy Patron, Lady Aldington cutting the 40th anniversary cake.

Northern Area Show & Sale – The Premier centre to buy Jacob sheep in 2009 was held on 11th August in association with John Swan Ltd at St Boswells, near Melrose.

Melanie Harper with her Champion ewe lamb              The championship line up at the Northern Area
sold to Mrs Ruth Guy for 600gns.                              Show and Sale 2009


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