Welcome to the News page for the Scottish Region.
Regional Council Member
Miss Melanie Harper
9 Park Terrace, Hawick
Tel: 07545 958982
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
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.