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Despite the last newsletter saying the AGM would be on 10th October at Tatton Park, it has of course been cancelled.  New date is January 30th 2021 at the same venue.

A copy of the Chairman’s letter to this effect:

2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Julie Suffolk

Julie Suffolk, our enthusiastic member and highly efficient Secretary for many years, died this morning. She has been ill for five years, and modern  medicine has given her extra time from the initial diagnosis.  I am sure all our members will join me in sending our heartfelt sympathy to her husband John, and also to Steve Carpenter who has managed her Backforrest Flock for several years.

Proposed list of sheep for sale

Further to various posts on our FaceBook page, it has been agreed that The Soay and Boreray Breed Society will not back the Melton Mowbray vet inspected multi-breed sale of sheep being held on Saturday, 12th September 2020.

We are happy to put together a list of sheep that would have been entered in the Melton Mowbray Traditional Breeds Show and Sale, our official breed sale, which has been cancelled due to COVID-19. This list will then be put on our facebook page and this website. Please send details of sheep with photographs (these will be added if possible) to soayandboreray@gmail.com (Kerry) or zannah24@gmail.com (Suzannah) and we will compile a list of sheep for sale. This list will also be available if we get requests from new breeders or breeders enquiring as to where people can purchase sheep. All sheep on this list must be registered or birth notified. If birth notified they must be registered at point of sale (vendor’s responsibility).

The Society cannot endorse the quality of any sheep entered on the list, as they will not have been inspected by a Society member.

The Kinship programme – from Suzannah Long

 

Just a reminder to birth notify all your lambs before 31st October in the year of birth, the earlier you can do it the better. This keeps a record of the progeny each ewe produces. Birth notifying is free. Please don’t register all your lambs at vast expense, the system allows you to register ewes up to 2 years and rams up to 3 years. We register animals at time of sale or at their first tupping.

Please ensure any castrates are notified as castrates and not as males (entire rams). Also please kill off or transfer any animals at time of death or sale, to keep the numbers more precise.

Soays – there are 837 rams and 3678 females on the system.

There are 42 rams whose last progeny were born in 2009 – 2017, 203 rams born between 2005 and 2018 (registered prior to January 2019) who have no registered progeny and 84 birth notified born between 2007 and 2016. Are any of these animals alive?

Borerays – there are 416 rams and 1449 females on the system.

There are 14 rams whose last progeny were born in 2014 – 2017, 49 rams born between 2012 and 2018 (registered prior to January 2019) who have no registered progeny and 25 birth notified born between 2014 and 2016. Are any of these animals alive?

AGM and Members’ Visit 12th October 2019

The Soay and Boreray Sheep Society AGM, this year, is being held at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary, North Parade, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 1DB – on 12th October.
The AGM will be held in the cafe at 3pm, to enable members and their families time to look around beforehand. Lunch and drinks can be purchased in the cafe. Entry is free and the Society will give a donation in lieu.

Everyone is very welcome but only paid up members have voting rights.

ttps://www.skegnessnatureland.co.uk/

Post Show and Sale message from Libby

 

Melton Mowbray
Traditional Native Breeds
National Show & Sale 2019

RESULTS AND WASH UP

Huge thank you to all of you for helping to make this event such a great success.  Show and Sale results for each breed have now been published on our website and can be downloaded from:   home.grassroots.co.uk
Click on For Farmers,  click on Melton,  selected View and Download Show and Sale Results.  Please feel free to republish on your own websites or point your members to our site.

In summary,  overall clearance and prices were good, we were very lucky with the weather, and the event was extremely well supported.  It was a real celebration of the diversity of British Livestock Breeds, with almost 200 people selling stock, many of whom were also buyers, and then another almost 200 people who were buyers. There was a real buzz and a great atmosphere.   

 A big thank you to all the breed secretaries, volunteer stewards, inspectors, judges and members, who make this event possible, and are on hand to help advise and encourage those new buyers.

The date for next year will be 11th and 12th September 2020.

WASH-UP
We will be having a ‘Wash Up’ meeting with the auctioneers in October and would be very please to have any feedback you have.   From our point of view the whole event seemed to run pretty well.

However, the Market struggled with getting the printed catalogues out, apparently the post office managed to lose a good number of them.   There were some congestion issues around ring two linked to the fact that one of the auctioneers selling ewes was a lot slower than I had calculated when planning the penning, and there was clearly a real problem with the auctioneers office and the queue for buyers.

Top of my list for the wash-Up meeting at the moment are:

Talking to the auctioneers about how to avoid the issue with long queues

Getting the catalogues out in a timely manner (Grassroots had them on the web and the camera ready copy ready for the printers on 23rd August.)

Rethinking the Friday Night dinner – in our view the Ceilidh band was great but the food was not up to its normal standard.

Reviewing how we sell the sheep.  Currently we sell ewes off the  boards in their pens and then 2 hours later the rams thorough the ring.  It would be interesting to know if this is how people want to continue.  We are thinking about sending out a questionnaire to exhibitors and asking how they would prefer their breed to be sold.  We would be interested in your thoughts. There are three options and we could potentially do different ones for different breeds, depending on demand.  The options could be for a breed to opt to sell:

  • As now with ewes off the boards in their pens and rams through the ring
  • Both ewes and rams sold in their pens.  We would sell the ewes and then the rams for each breed and then move onto the next breed. This would probably be quicker than the current system, but would all happen in the lines.
  • Both ewes and rams sold through the ring.  If every breed wanted to do this it would make it a very long day, we would only have two auctioneers working instead of four.  There might also be  welfare and health and safety issues to consider, but we could perhaps do it for some breeds.

 Showing Cattle in their pens
The majority of cattle this year were un-haltered which did actually work quite well in the new building.  The Gloucesters had a little show ‘in the pens’ which may have helped buyers.  Would other cattle breeds like to do the same ?

Selling Goats
The goats were sold through the sheep ring.  It is a bit of a struggle getting them there, but there is a lot of interest.  Would goat breeders prefer to sell in the pens ?  or perhaps through the cattle ring before the cattle ?

The date for next year will be 11th and 12th September 2020.  

Transfers – We will be sending you transfer information as soon as possible (we have a bit of trouble getting it from the auctioneers on Saturday evening).

Thanks for your continued support

Libby Henson and the team at Grassroots Systems Ltd.
PO Box 251, Exeter. EX2 8WX.  Libby@grassroots.co.uk

Traditional Breeds Show and Sale Melton Mowbray Sept 13th/14th

 

Melton Mowbray
Traditional Native Breeds
National Show & Sale
13th & 14th September 2019

Copies of the catalogue General Information and sections for each breed are now available to download from www.grassroots.co.uk/melton.html

Printed catalogues will be available direct from the auctioneers, before the sale.
The 2019 National Show and Sale of Traditional and Native Breeds on 13th & 14th September  looks like it is going to be another exciting event.

This year sees a consignment of almost 100 cattle from  ten different breeds including the dispersal of a large herd of White Parks, the largest auction sale of Shetland cattle for many years, both coming from the Isle of Mann.  The pig and Goat sections are strong with an especially exciting offering of rare  British Lop blood lines.  The sheep section has almost 1000 animals from 25 different breeds.  We are particularly delighted to welcome to Hampshire Downs for the first time in 2019.

With the uncertainly of Brexit looming and a growing public awareness of the environmental impact of intensive livestock production, our Native and Traditional breeds provide a real alternative in the form of thrifty, outdoor, locally reared, grass fed, long lived flocks and herds.     
   
We have 10 breeds of cattle represented, which includes a significant number of White Park, British White, Shetland and Dexter, as well as good representations of Red Polls, Gloucesters and Traditional Hereford.  there is a Longhorn bull and for the first time the rare chance to purchase a Kerry cow with a heifer calf at foot.

The pigs include 8 of our native breeds, once again featuring the National British Lop Society Show and Sale.

We have almost 25 goats representing both the Bagot and Golden Guernsey breeds and the poultry section will be bursting with variety and choice.

 

Once again we have almost 1000 sheep,  with 26 breeds represented,    many in significant numbers, providing an ideal opportunity for new buyers to select unrelated foundation stock, and existing flock owner to find unrelated rams or replenish or increase their flocks.

There is both an MV accredited section and a small number of MV Accredited and Scrapie Monitored Shropshire and Hampshire Downs who will be sold in their pens.

This event is a real celebration of the diversity of British Livestock Breeds and a fantastic opportunity to refresh blood lines or select a new breed.  In fact a breed to suit every type of farm  from :

  • small, primitive, naturally coloured, wool shedding breeds like the Castlemilk Moorit, North Ronaldsay, Boreray, Soay and fine wooled multicoloured Shetlands who are holding their National Show and sale at Melton this year
  • the multihorned  Hebridean and Manx
  • hardy  dam breeds like the Norfolk Horn, Portland, Kerry Hill, Llanwenog, Jacob and Border Leicester
  • magnificent longwools including the Teeswater, Leicester, Lincoln, Wensleydale
  • traditional terminal sire breeds including the mighty Oxford Downs, Shropshire, Ryelands, Southdowns and for the first time this year the Hampshire Downs.
  • regional breeds including the Whiteface and Greyfaced Dartmoor the Whitefaced Woodlands and British Gallway
 A big thank you to all the breed secretaries, volunteer stewards, inspectors, judges and members, who make this event possible, and are on hand to help advise and encourage new buyers.

Please do take every opportunity to promote the event, which is run by, and on behalf of, the participating breed societies.

Buffet Party tickets are available direct from the auctioneers. There will a bit of dancing, and time to really catch up with friends, old and new.

We look forward to seeing you at Melton.
Best wishes
Libby Henson and the team at Grassroots Systems Ltd.
PO Box 251, Exeter. EX2 8WX.  Libby@grassroots.co.uk

NEWSLETTER

The latest (August) newsletter has been posted.  Please let me know if you haven’t received yours.
soayboreray@gmail.com

Members’ Visit and AGM 2019

The Soay and Boreray Sheep Society AGM, this year, is being held at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary, North Parade, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 1DB – on 12th October.
The AGM will be held in the cafe at 3pm, to enable members and their families time to look around beforehand. Lunch and drinks can be purchased in the cafe. Entry is free and the Society will give a donation in lieu.

ttps://www.skegnessnatureland.co.uk/

Gransden Show

Gransden and District Agricultural Society Show, Caxton Road, Great Gransden, Sandy SG19 3AH – Saturday, 28th September – closing date 7th September.

https://gransdenshow.org.uk/Gransden_Show/

This year we have our own Soay and Boreray classes, so please support them.

An entry form has been included with the Soay and Boreray Society newsletter, which has just come out. Or you can enter online – https://gransdenshow.org.uk/GDASExhibitors/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2xj1bR0MAFgW9GFGj15o6o_W-0GIBFDM1Y1pkhEBX7g2FgCOHlVE7k2Ew#categories/35

– follow the link to ‘browse show schedule of classes’, ‘livestock’ and then ‘Soay and Boreray Society’. You then need to register to enter.