RULES

OBLIGATIONS OF FULL (Flock) MEMBERS OF HDBSA. Members must:

  • Pay an annual membership subscription due on 1st January.
  • Pay an annual publicity subscription also due on 1st January.
  • Pay such other fees as Council may from time to time resolve.
  • Complete and return an annual ‘Flock Details & Update’ form. The form is issued at the beginning of October each year and should be returned as soon as possible and by 31st December at the latest.
  • Complete an annual online Census via BASCO (or on paper by request).

IDENTIFICATION OF HAMPSHIRE DOWNS

  • All lambs must be identified (double tagged) in accordance with current DEFRA (DARD/country of origin) regulations.
  • The INDIVIDUAL identifier from such tag must be the number used to BIRTH NOTIFY (and register) lambs with HDSBA, so that the registration details on the pedigree certificate match the ear tag ID number.
  • Any breeder in the UK who has not received a ‘UK’ flock number should make sure that their flock has been registered with their local ‘Animal Health Divisional Office’ (this is a statutory requirement).

REGISTRATION

  • The earliest lambing date is 1st December in each year. To try and ensure lambs are not born prior to this date the society recommends that rams are not introduced to the ewes until 10th July and if AI is used it isn't used before 14th July and for Embryo Transfer, not before 20th July.
  • All live lambs born must be Birth Notified.
  • All ELIGIBLE Ewe lambs intended for breeding either pedigree or commercially must be registered
  • Sheep over 12 months of age will not be considered for registration - except as Stock Rams.
  • All rams used in a pedigree flock must have a Stock Ram Registration. The Secretary should be notified of the ram’s ID number and chosen name. The flock master first using the Stock Ram is responsible for that registration.
  • Only registered Hampshire Downs may be brought into a pedigree registered flock. However, any application for non-registered, pure bred Hampshire Downs to be included in HDSBA’s Flock Book will be considered by Council on a case by case basis.
  • On payment of the appropriate registration fee, ewe lambs and stock rams will be issued with an official HDSBA Pedigree Certificate

REPLENISHMENT / TRANSFER CERTIFICATES

  • Only registered Hampshire Downs may be brought into a pedigree registered flock. However, any application for non-registered, pure bred Hampshire Downs to be included in HDSBA’s Flock Book will be considered by Council on a case by case basis.
  • The Secretary must be notified of any transfer of ownership as soon as possible so that a transfer certificate can be issued to the new owner.

DISPERSAL

  • On dispersal of a flock the flock number ceases.
  • The dispersed flock is entered in the flock book under the name of the new owner and the prefix is rescinded.

HDSBA SALES

At any sale or fair at which the Association holds a sale, members must sell through the auctioneer and abide by the rules and regulations laid down by the Association.

MINIMUM SIZE OF REGISTERED FLOCK

The minimum number of sheep eligible to form and be registered as a Hampshire Down flock is two females.


HDSBA SHOW RULES

  • Shearling rams and ewes (and older sheep) must be shorn bare on or after 1st March 
  • Trimming is optional.
  • Untrimmed classes: only head to be trimmed and base of tail squared, no carding.
  • No artificial colouring of face or ears.  
  • Only registered female and birth notified male sheep may be shown (exhibited by registered flock owners).
  • Show society rules and bye laws must be observed.
  • Sheep entered in singles classes cannot be entered in a pairs class (and vice versa) at the same show (except if shows are run under their own rules which allow such) or in specific performance ram lamb classes.
  • Only sheep already entered in other classes can be exhibited in the group class.
  • Sheep to be sound, of good breed type and conformation. Correct teeth, legs and pasterns are most important. Rams must have two testicles of even size.

HAMPSHIRE DOWN SHEEP EXPORTS

  • Any breeder receiving an export order must inform the Secretary.
  • For the benefit of both vendor and purchaser, HDSBA will (if asked) provide an inspector to pass an opinion as to whether selected animals are considered as ‘fit for export’.

Inspector’s opinion will be based on:

Correct identification (double tagged) in accordance with current DEFRA (DARD/country of origin) regulations
Readable ear tag
Breed Standards as detailed in The Standards Of Excellence which may be found HERE

Inspectors should not pass sheep for export under 14 weeks of age, nor can they be passed more than four weeks prior to date of departure.

The inspection service will be provided at a fee to cover the inspector’s travel cost.