Welcome to the News page for the Southern Region, which includes the counties of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghmashire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and London.
Regional Council Member
Mrs Barley Gould
17 Lugley Street
Isle of Wight
Tel: 01983 530770
or 07881 962442
Barley Gould (Isle of Wight) - Chair, Daphne Rice (Sussex), Fiona Gordon (Maidstone, Kent), Gareth Jones (Stockbridge, Hants), Lesley Pope (Pembury, Kent).
June 2019 -
I hope you are all well and have had a good lambing and have shorn your flocks. I have! I have a lovely crop of skipping lambs, but sadly they are all miss marked. So I won't be showing them. Phew a really good excuse!
So what is happening here in the southern region.
Firstly Gilly Cumming. Has kindly agreed to host an Open Day. Please do all come we have not had an open day in the southern region properly for quite a while. I will be inviting the South West region to join us to as some of them will be closer than some of us!
Southern Region Open day
Gilly Cumming has kindly invited us to visit her Upton Lovell flock.
Date - Sunday 30th June.
Location - Just outside Warminster. At Upton Lovell. BA12 0JW.
Selecting sheep for showing. Gareth Jones will be showing us how to select the best Jacobs for showing from our flock.
Gilly has kept Jacob Sheep for the past 15 years and normally lambs about 12 Ewes last year she used a ram from the Shutecombe flock and has a good crop of lambs, including a set of quads which mum has raised on her own, under Gilly's watchful eye.
Gilly lambs later than most with the last lambs born on Easter Sunday, this year. Gilly sells her ram Lambs off for meat locally, keeping the ewe lambs on to shearlings and selecting the best for replacement stock, and selling on the rest for hogget, which Gilly has found to be very popular.
It would be lovely to see lots of you at Gilly's.
Program for the day –
· We will arrive at 10.30-11am with coffee on arrival
· Gilly then taking us for a tour of the flock.
· Gareth Jones (Jacob judge) will then give us a talk and demonstration on choosing sheep for showing, and some preparation tips.
· Followed by lunch at Gilly's.
And later if we have enough interest there is a farm with a herd of Tamworth pigs just down the road which we could visit.
Booking form is available by clicking here, early notification will be greatly appreciated.
Kent County show.
This year is their 90th year.
We will be having our having our award winning stand again this year.
Please do come and visit. If you produce any Jacob goods that you feel you can sell on our stand drop me an email and I will pass it on to Lesley pope who organises the Jacob stand.
Singleton Rare Breeds show
Sunday 14th July 2019
The rare breeds show is back this year. Please do support it if you can.
Friday 4th of -Sunday 6th October 2019.
We will be having our flock competition this year as unfortunately last year it was cancelled at short notice. I will be sending out entry forms soon.
Our judges are confirmed as Chris Slee and Arwel Jones.
NATIONAL AGM 2020
Plans are well underway, for our turn to host the National AGM next year. We will be in Tunbridge Wells Kent. The hotel and flock visits have been booked, one of which will be Charles Aldington flock.
One thing we are stuck on is a suitable Saturday night entertainment. Any ideas and suggestions however wacky gratefully received!!
Any suggestions on any of the weekend events and activities will be gratefully received, as will any other offers of help.
Stock for sale. (June 2019)
Four Horned Ram, 153584 Hope Iron Man
Born Jan 2015
Bred by Mr & Mrs Harries, Carmarthenshire
Lovely markings and offspring
Reluctant sale due to daughters joining flock
For more details, pedigree, photos, please contact Tiggy, Wiltshire
Rams for sale from Lady Aldington’s flock 00002:
Parsonage Abraham who is well proven, and a 2019 lamb offspring of Lynchmere George.
Buyer must handle transport.
Swap with unrelated ewes from 2018 acceptable.
Please check JSS website for breeding lines.
Here is the list of 2019 Southern Region Shows with Jacob classes
Surrey County Show, 27th May 2019
Stoke Park, Guildford, GU1 1ER
Cranleigh Show, 30th June 2019
Bookhurst Road,Cranleigh, GU6 7DW
Royal Isle of Wight County Show, 30th June 2019
Northwood, PO30 5TP
Kent County Show, 5-7th July 2019
Kent Showground, Detling, ME14 7JF
Weald & Downland Living Museum Rare Breeds Show 14th July 2019
Singleton, PO18 0EU.
New Forest & Hampshire County Show, 30th July -1st August 2019
Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QH
Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show, 25-26th August 2019
Ardenrun Showground, Lingfield, RH7 6LL
Romsey Show, 14th September 2019
Romsey, SO51 9LQ.
Findon Sheep Fair, 14th September 2019
Nepcote Green, Findon, BN14 0SD
Royal County of Berkshire Show 21-22nd September 2019
Newbury Showground, RG18 9QZ
I hope you have all had a good lambing, I have had several emails from the southern region shows they all now have there entries open so if you have any fabulous lambs, there is no time like the present to enter them. DATES AND DETAILS BELOW.
I have recently had an email from the natural fibre company in Cornwall saying that they are looking for fleeces for the coming year and will pay more than the woolboard please see their website for more details www.thenaturalfibre.co.uk
I have was recommended by the Judges for our flock competition a product called cheviot foot paste , it is a thick paste for applying to hooves of limping sheep . I have used it quite a bit this winter, as it's a paste not a spray it is still there the next day. I fill the cavity that you have cleaned the mud from, with it. There is always one of those! I have had far less persistent limpers since I have given it a go so I would recommend it! It's available from www.animalmedicationdirect.co.uk and costs about £15. Delivered.
Here are the final details for our Open day. As advertised in the spring Journal.
Visit to Barley's flock here on the Isle of Wight.
10:30-11 am Sunday 21st May 2017 for coffee and biscuits there is plenty of parking in the carpet Wright carpark and ARGOS
We shall meet at my flock which Graze behind Argos. Newport Isle of Wight. Postcode. PO30 5LG. To view my small flock,and for coffee. I have lambed early for me this year, as I have left my ram in with his flock since November 2015 , and I remove the ewe lambs when they are 4 months old. I only have one field and it's easier to find grazing for cute ewe lambs not grumpy ram's. Also in 2015 I had problems with dogs. And none now Jack is in residence.
Then we adjourn to the Carisbrooke church hall where we shall have a buffet lunch at 12 :30 Please advise me of any dietary requirements. Sadly the car park is only free for one hour. After lunch you are welcome to visit Carisbrooke castle www.english-heritage.org.uk . It is about £10. To enter or free for English heritage members. Or stay for a felting / peglooming workshop. We have two options either a small bag felt or a small peg loomed chair cushion.pictured above. One of which will you should be able in under 2 hours.
We will have cream tea at the end of the day 4pm.
The cost will be £10 per person for the lunch and £5. Per wooly item.
Please email me before the 10th of May. if you wish to come.
I have not done anything with regards to the ferry both www.redfunnel.co.uk and www.wightlink.co.uk have good websites and have offers on their day returns usually they are better offers if you have a full car. I have tried to book groups before and I am afraid it is not worth the trouble. If you plan to stay longer on the Isle of Wight, most hotels and B+B's have an arrangement with the ferry companies, and can get you a deal. visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.
SOUTHERN REGION SHOWS 2017
27th Saturday. Heathfield. East Sussex. https://heathfieldshow.org/
29th Monday. Surrey County show. Guildford. http://www.surreycountyshow.co.uk/surrey-county-show
Thursday 8th till Saturday 10th.South of England. Nr. Haywards Heath.http://www.seas.org.uk/south-of-england-show/
25th Sunday. Isle of Wight Agricultural show . ( No Jacob judge.)http://www.riwas.org.uk/county-show
2nd Sunday. Cranleigh Show . Nr. Horsham.http://www.cranleighshow.co.uk/
Friday 7th till Sunday 9th. Kent County show. http://kentshowground.co.uk/
Sunday 16th Singleton Rare and traditional breeds show. Nr. Chichester West Sussex. http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/rare-and-traditional-breeds-show/
Tuesday 25th till Thursday 27th. New Forest show. Brockenhurst. http://www.newforestshow.co.uk/
Wednesday 16th Gillingham and Shaftesbury. Dorset. (South West region but not far.) http://www.gillshaftshow.co.uk/
Sunday 27th till Monday 28th. Oxsted and Edenbridge. Surrey. https://www.edenbridge-show.co.uk/
Saturday 9th Romsey. http://romseyshow.co.uk/
Saturday 16th till Sunday 17th Royal Berkshire show. (Newbury) http://www.newburyshowground.co.uk/events/royal-county-of-berkshire-show
ALL SHOW HAVE WEBSITES AND YOU CAN ENTER ONLINE.