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RBST Combined Flock Book available to download

RBST Combined Flock Book
Available Now to Download

Printed copies of the RBST Combined Flock Book have now been distributed to those members who applied for them.  We have now sold out and are looking forward to producing Volume 50 next year !

Copies of each breed sections are available to download off the Grassroots Online Registry.  

Go to

  • Select your breed
  • Type in your Combined Flock Book (the leading zeros are important.  NB this is not the same as your RBST membership number)
  • and your password / access code (please email if you have mislaid your password)
  •  In the central panel of the landing page, you will find the instruction and all the sections.  The Rules and Regulations sections includes an interesting review of the changes in the inbreeding coefficient for each breed since we introduced the kinship tools, ten years ago. 
  • click on  ‘Download CFB pages’
  • select your breed and following the instructions to download the document

If you are having difficulty or would like us to send you a pdf copy of your breed section by  email please let us know at  (The office will be closed from Friday 23rd until 3rd January)

Thank you for your continued support of your breed and best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and peaceful and healthy New Year.

Libby Henson and the team at Grassroots Systems Ltd, PO Box 251, Exeter, EX2 8WX
Libby, Margaret, Carolyn, Helen, Sally, Ursula, Terry and Saffron 

2022 Combined Flock Book

Please find below breed descriptions, which are in the flock book.
The Soay is the most primitive breed of sheep and belongs to the Northern short-tailed group of breeds. The average weight of mature ewes is 25kg (55 lb) while rams average 36-38kg (80-85 lb). The animals are fine-boned and late maturing, with prominent withers. The tail is short and thin. The wool is soft and fine, but hairy fibres are usually interspersed among the wool fibres. The staple length is 5-8cm (2-3 inches), and the Bradford Count is 44-50. The fleece is shed naturally. Rams develop a thick hairy mane. The wool is either chocolate or fawn, and animals may be either whole-coloured or show the ‘Mouflon’ pattern. Chocolate brown and the ‘Mouflon’ pattern are dominant. Some black animals occur and these are always self coloured. There may also be white marks on the face, poll and lower legs, and occasionally piebald. The face and legs are brown or tan, with lighter marks over the eyes and on the muzzle and the lower jaw. The face is ‘dished’.
Rams are usually two-horned and the horns are strong although some scurred animals do occasionally occur. Ewes are either two-horned, scurred or polled.
The Boreray is a primitive breed of sheep of the Northern short-tailed group of breeds. Mature ewes weigh approximately 30kg (65 lb) and they stand approximately 55cm (22 inches) at the withers. The tail is short.
The wool is predominantly cream or light-tan in colour, with a small proportion of sheep having grey or dark brown wool. (On occasion animals can be born completely black or with large patches of black but these usually grow cream or light-tan or occasionally black). There is sometimes a dark rump patch, and a dark collar particularly in rams. The wool is shed naturally by July in the breed’s natural environment. The face and legs are black, tan, or grey, often with dark blotches on a white background. Both sexes are usually horned and the horns of the rams are large and spiralled. Ewes may occasionally be scurred or polled

AGM 2022

AGM 2022

The Soay and Boreray Sheep Society AGM is being held on the 8th October at The Two Rivers, Newport Road, Chepstow NP16 5PR at 11am. We hope to get a good attendance. To make it more of a social meetup, I wondered if you would like to join us for lunch, to help the pub, please could you choose from the link below and private message me with your choices asap, so I can add your choices to my spreadsheet and submit it to the pub in advance. Payment to be made on the day to the pub.
We have been invited to view Christine Williams‘ Gaerllwyd flocks of Soays and Borerays in the afternoon, having been before it is well worth a visit. Christine knows so much about our breeds.
We hope to meet up with lots of members, new and old!

Traditional & Native Breeds Show & Sale 2022

Melton Mowbray Market 9th & 10th September

Full catalogue for our breeds on this link:


Gransden Show

Gransden and District Agricultural Society Show – 24th September 2022 – entries close 4th September 2022
Entries online –
Gransden give us our own classes:-
Ram, Ewe, Ram Lamb, Ewe Lamb, Group of Three (Ram, Ewe and Lamb)
Ram, Ewe, Ram Lamb, Ewe Lamb, Group of Three (Ram, Ewe and Lamb)
Registered / birth notification numbers of sheep entered need to be written on the entry form.

AGM 2022

The Soay and Boreray Sheep Society AGM is being held on the 8th October 2022 at The Two Rivers, Chepstow NP16 5PR at 11am. There will be a visit to the Gaerllwyd flock of Soays and Borerays – Christine Williams – in the afternoon.
We hope to see lots of you there!

18th Traditional & Native Breeds Show and Sale

18th Traditional & Native Breeds Show and Sale (our official show and sale)
Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray LE13 1JY – holding number 22/296/8000 (livestock access off Nottingham Road – LE13 0NP)  Tel:  01664 562971

10th & 11th September 2021, held at Melton Mowbray market (show held on the 10th and sale on the 11th)

Online entries now open – closing date 5th August

Entries are done via the Manage My Animals section, via the Grassroots online website.  There is an extra menu option – sale entries.  It is only open to fully paid-up members of the RBST and The Soay and Boreray Breed Society.  Only registered sheep can be entered.  Please register your sheep with Grassroots, before you try to enter them in the sale.  Select the animal, the class to be entered and enter individual comments about the animal or group of animals (at the bottom).  Click submit.  Link to paper copy of the entry form below, but it is much easier for everyone if you can enter online.

Maximum of two males per vendor.

Minimum upset prices:-

Soay – ram 50gns, ram lamb 30gns, ewe 40gns, ewe lamb 30gns

Boreray – ram 60gns, ram lamb 40gns, ewe 50gns, ewe lamb 40gns

We do urge you to set your own reserves.

Entry fees:  £10/sheep (including VAT) – pay the market directly via bacs and inform them via email when you have paid, with your reference (I suggest surname & breed if possible).

Melton Mowbray Market – Sort Code:  20-63-66 – Account number:  13632741 or send a cheque to Melton Mowbray Market (address above)

Any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me – Suzannah (

Looking forward to lots of entries and a great show and sale – as I have mentioned before this is your flock’s shop window, so please bring good quality sheep.


Gransden Show

Gransden Show – 25th September 2021 – Show Field, Caxton Road, Great Gransden, Cambs. Soay and Boreray classes – only open to sheep registered through Grassroots. Lambs need to be birth notified. Registration and birth notification numbers to be written on the entry form. Entrants to be members of the Soay and Boreray Breed Society. Closing date 4th September. We look forward to a great show with lots of sheep entered.
Entry fee: £5 – Prizes: 1st £14, 2nd £9, 3rd £6 – rosettes to 4th place.
Classes for each of our breeds:-
Ram, ewe, ram lamb, ewe lamb, group of three (ram, ewe, lamb) and champion
Links to entry form and schedule


The Soay and Boreray Sheep Society AGM is being held on the 9th October 2021 at Tatton Park at 11am. We look forward to seeing you there.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN (Sat Nav WA16 6SG)
Would you like to join our committee? If you are interested please email Philip Mapson before the 9th September with your details –

AGM 2021


The Soay & Boreray committee members invite members to attend the AGM on 30th January at 11am via Zoom.
It is has been certainly a difficult year for us all and given us thought on how to do things differently. We embrace the virtual opportunity to let our society AGM to take place via Zoom.
In order to join the meeting you are required to be a paid up society member. If you are not currently a member,  this is great opportunity for you to join our supportive society. Our membership starts from 1st January each year and is £10 (standing order). You will receive newsletter via post, and on-hand advice from the society members. So join now and get part of January free!!
In order to be sent an invite to the AGM please email the secretary Rosie Siddans on by end of Saturday 23rd January 2021.
In order to become a member of the society please email the membership secretary Alex Watton on
We look forward to seeing you at the virtual AGM.
Those current members will find the agenda printed in the latest December newsletter.