National Training Weekend by kind permission of Hannah Delaney and Vivian Miles of the South East Club.

17th – 19th April, Ashford, Kent.

Excitement is building for the 2020 National Training Weekend following on from previous very successful events. The weekend is open to everyone, maybe you are a new breeder who would like to learn more about breeding Hampshire Downs or you might have been in the breed for a while but would like to find out more about showing, need help with understanding the signet data or just want to meet other breeders. There will be experienced breeders on-hand, so this is an ideal opportunity to learn from the experts and everyone is welcome, young and not so young, regardless of experience.

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN download a booking form here:

HDSBA Training weekend Booking Form 2020

COST: £15+ vat for adults and £10+ vat for Children (under 16).  There will be optional meals with full details provided ahead of the event – To help keep costs down these are not mandatory.

ACCOMMODATION: For those wishing to book accommodation, we would recommend The Premier Inn at Ashford Central, Orbital Business Park, Wilesborough, Ashford TN24 0GN. This is central to where we are holding the events. There are plenty of other hotels in Ashford which will suit all budgets.

Weekend Itinerary:

Friday 17th April, 7:30pm – Sheep Nutrition –  Kindly sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers – The Farriers Arms, Mersham Kent TN25 6NU –

Mole Valley have kindly offered to undertake a forage analysis for delegates – the results will be provided on the evening and and it will be discussed how to interpret the outcome –  Numbers will be limited and will be on a first come, first served basis – so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 18th April – Hannah Delaney, Wittersham Flock

Delegates working in two groups to cover:

Session A

Selecting replacements: Ram lambs – keep or kill, retaining ewe lambs for breeding, condition scoring, grading.

We will also use the ram assessment template, which breed improvement committee have been working on, and give members the opportunity to use this and understand the results.

Session B

Ring craft

Effective Show and sale preparation

A trimming demonstration kindly provided by Alison Halcrow

What the judge is looking and a stock judging session

Afternoon Sessions:

Veterinary Clinic kindly provided by Judith Galbraith– Breeding effective pedigree sheep that will suit the commercial ram market – delegates will be asked for any specific veterinary topics they would like to have covered.

Grass roots – How to navigate the system and get the best use of it. Janet’s top tips – where members usually make mistakes.  How to effectively use

In the evening, there will be the opportunity for members to meet for a meal and network.

Sunday 19th April – Vivien Miles

We will put into practice the learning from the previous day, using the ram assessment forms and selecting stock suitable for breeding. Members will have the chance to condition score and there will a further opportunity for stock judging & discussion.

We will have a buffet lunch which will be followed by a panel session – “Ask the experts” – members will then depart early afternoon.

The weekend will be open to everyone, members and non-members.

We require a minimum number of delegates in order for us to run the event – please book early so that we can arrange the forage testing in good time.

If there is anything else that you would like to cover or for further information, then please contact Adrian Rundle, Education Chairman: or 07585 771 030.






Share this post