MELTON MOWBRAY SALE Saturday 14th September Catalogue now online

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

Catalogue now online HERE

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.  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 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.  We are particularly delighted to welcome to Hampshire Downs for the first time in 2019,

There is both an MV accredited section and a small number of MV Accredited and Scrapie Monitored 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.

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.


WEBINAR 19th JUNE. How to buy a Signet Recorded Hampshire Down

Following the great success of our first ever Webinar, we are pleased to invite you to participate in our next one on WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE.

This is great timing to get everyone thinking about buying  new stock  (recorded or not) at our PREMIER SALE, SHREWSBURY on Saturday 29th June.  Look out for the catalogue coming online from 5th June. 

 Meanwhile click HERE to sign up for the Webinar on 19th June

Scottish Premier Sale STIRLING Wednesday 22nd May

The 2019 sale season begins this month with the Scottish Premier Sale at STIRLING. A great entry of quality males and females has been received, and this will be an opportunity to buy in time to quarantine and settle before the tupping season begins in July. Plan ahead, come to Stirling, and take your pick to establish or extend your flock. The catalogue can be viewed HERE

AGM NEWQUAY by Barbara Adams


Can it possibly be a year since I was writing about our AGM at Newmarket? It’s a sobering thought but yes, it is indeed. This time it was the turn of the South West Club to host the AGM in Newquay in Cornwall, a name I’ve seen on the signposts many a time when we’ve been at the Royal Cornwall Show (one of the best, if you’ve never been to it).

We arrived on Friday at the Royal Victoria, a splendidly faded, late 1800, typical seaside hotel with warm, helpful and attentive staff, right in the middle of town amid, I must be honest, some pretty tatty looking shops and a food outlets. President Roy and his wife Sheena, Rose Haynes, her partner David and Janet were the only ones there before us and after greetings and a cup of coffee, we were off to a great start when David had us all in stitches as he related a shopping experience. I won’t tell you as I’m not entirely sure it was true but suffice to say it involved sequined thongs - for men.


Throughout the afternoon familiar faces appeared and the buzz of cheerful conversation grew. Some went out to explore the town, though none stayed out for long. The wind was blowing off the sea - very dramatic, perishing cold and staying upright became a real challenge. Newquay has suffered from being a preferred destination for unruly teenage, hen and stag parties but the coastline is delightful, the beaches excellent, especially for surfers.  Janet was itching to have a go, but no-one could provide a wet suit for her, a poor excuse by a girl from Scotland.


Some members were having problems with traffic so dinner was held back which gave us time for a second G & T and  a catch up with friends, old and new. I was struck last year with the number of new young members and this year was the same. It surely bodes well for the society. Two youngsters, Charlie and Brooke were attending for the first time. They live nearby and are not, as yet, full time farmers. I asked Brooke what her job was. ‘I’m a MOT tester three days a week,’ she said. And the other days? I wondered. ‘Oh’, she said cheerfully, ‘I do metal fabrication with Charlie in the business we’ve started.’ As you do - in between lambing, foot trimming and shearing.

 Saturday morning began with the AGM, which once again I did not attend, but on my return everyone sounded very cheerful so I guess it went well and the Minutes will document that part of the weekend.


Cars were shared for the visit to the Treworthal flock, owned by Adrian Rundle, ably assisted by teenage son Richard. Rain rained, hail hit us sideways in the hearty wind and in between the sun shone, and their herd of beautiful South Devons, started in 1820 and the second oldest herd in the world, seemed totally unconcerned. We met the current star, Tulip 23, who was breed champion at the Three Counties, their national show, and one of a long line of champions since they began showing in 1962.


Adrian showed his first Hamps at the Cornwall Show when he was seven and clearly remembers Mike being there. Oh lors! Can this be true? We heard that they had had an extraordinary 17 lambs from six ewes who all thrived in some awful weather - as we all know Hamps will.


click on images below to scroll through Treworthal gallery

Then it was off to the charmingly named village of Quintrell Downs where the South West team had put on a splendid, if somewhat calorific, lunch. Did we care? You bet we didn’t! We wolfed down soup, wonderful Cornish pasties followed by delicious scones with huge bowls of clotted cream and homemade jam. The main topic of conversation on our table was how to pronounce ‘scones’.  And then which is the correct order of cream and jam with everyone agreeing that the cream goes on first. Proper job.


A talk and butchery demonstration by master craftsman Viv Harvey was next on our programme. And what a craftsman! He is certainly no ordinary butcher. His knife skills were wonderful - as he showed us legs and shoulders  presented in modern cuts. I’ve never seen bones come out so clean. I’ve since learned that among his many achievements he has worked with numerous famous chefs, done presentations for members of the Royal Family and has travelled the world demonstrating and teaching. There was total silence as he worked and talked - we were all riveted and would have happily stayed for another hour or two but it was time for our second visit of the day - to Paul and Tracey Rea and their Bughji flock.

I’m afraid the numbers dropped a bit at this point as the rain and hail were becoming a tad insistent but the hardy ones were rewarded with a warm welcome and a most wonderful view of the Camel Valley. I guess they are used to it but it’s a wonder to me that they get any work done at all.


Then it was back to the hotel for a warm up and dinner with Adrian’s beef to look forward to. And boy, was it good!  The beef wasn’t the only thing eagerly anticipated with the results of the Flock Competition eagerly awaited too. Thirty nine flocks took part and Mike and I had enjoyed a marvellous trip around the UK seeing them all. The results have been published elsewhere, but I must just say how lovely it was to hear the cheer that went up when Hazel Hindmarch was declared the overall winner with her Fellrose flock. Tim Hunter concluded the evening by auctioning, in his usual sardonic style, two halves of beautifully butchered lamb and a next season ewe lamb donated by the Derrymans.


Prize giving gallery. Full results appear as separate news item


click on the images below to scroll through the prize giving gallery

Sunday morning saw some making their farewells before the majority set off for a visit to Crediton and the Stourfield flock belonging to Jon Barnard and Justine McPherson,  where the welcome and display of the highest quality stock continued.  More than 60 members were treated to a tractor and trailer tour (or walk for the fit) of Jon and Justine’s new farm having only moved in just six months previously. They are up and running with novel enterprises to make this small unit work with finishing lambs for the butcher and boxes bred from their Welsh mules and Hampshire crosses, and the first batch of dairy calves were thriving in the shed destined for rose veal.  The main Hampshire Down enterprise aspires to be the biggest pure Hamp flock in the country and is well on its way to that end, with good tight-skinned stock on display and ram lambs destined for sale to the commercial shearling trade next year, looking just the part for the job.


 click on the images below to scroll through the Stourfield gallery

After yet more food, this time home produced lamb sausages and more scones, the die-hards stayed on to watch Stuart Friswell give a demonstration of ultra sound scanning, whilst others prepared for flights or long car journeys to the north and another excellent weekend drew to a close. Roll on Ireland 2019.




Results of the National Awards. Full report and pictures to follow soon

National Flock Competition Winner 2018 Hazel Hindmarch FELLROSE FLOCK with judge Mike Adams

National Flock Competition Winner 2018 Hazel Hindmarch FELLROSE FLOCK with judge Mike Adams


CHAMPION FLOCK – Moybrick Cup:

Hazel Hindmarch FELLROSE


Adrian Rundle TREWORTHAL


1st Richard Brand & Son EAST FORTUNE

2nd Kevin & Anna McCarthy BALLYCREELLY

3rd Peter Lawson GLENBROOK

4th H C Derryman & Sons YARCOMBE


1st Hazel Hindmarch FELLROSE

2nd Adrian Rundle TREWORTHAL

3rd Jim, Anne & Jonathan Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

4th Graham & Judith Galbraith GRAYLEN


1st Allen & Victoria McFadden ASHLEY

2nd Tim Hunter LINDSEY

3rd Hannah Naylor WITTERSHAM

4th Rodney Wilson AIMNEY


1st Hannah Naylor WITTERSHAM


1st Tim Hunter LINDSEY

NOVICE FLOCK – Lindsey Shield

1st Hannah Naylor WITTERSHAM


3rd Finlay Crocker SPEEDIEHILL



2nd Steffan Harries LLAINTERFYN

3rd  Amy Byford LAWSHALL


1st  Adrian Rundle TREWORTHAL

BEST IRISH FLOCK – Hibernian Vase

Allen & Victoria McFadden ASHLEY


Jim, Anne and Jonathan Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

BEST SCOTTISH FLOCK – Caledonian Crystal Vase,

Richard Brand & Son EAST FORTUNE


Brian & Janet Hill ISLE OF BUTE

BEST STOCK RAMSThe Scottish Quaich,



Adrian Rundle TREWORTHAL

BEST BREEDING EWESBallynahinch Vase,

Graham & Judith Galbraith GRAYLEN


Adrian Rundle TREWORTHAL


Roy & Sheena McFarlane and Lorna Rennie LECROPT


Adrian Rundle TREWORTHAL


Graham & Judith Galbraith GRAYLEN


Richard Brand & Son EAST FORTUNE

BEST RAM LAMBSRhydmoelddu Shield

Graham & Judith Galbraith GRAYLEN


Jim, Anne and Jonathan Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS


LARGE FLOCK – Symtag Trophy

1st E, B & S Jones MAES GLAS 264 points

2nd Adrian Rundle TREWORTHAL 186 points

3rd Hazel Hindmarch FELLROSE 181 points

4th Charles & Jan Hurst BUGLEGATE 126 points

SMALL FLOCK – Redesdale Cup

1st Linda Krypczyk & Richard Davies LYNRICS 127 points

2nd Hannah Naylor WITTERSHAM 114 points

3rd Stephanie Percival CATCHADOWN 91 points

4th G Todd & A Shaw PORTPATRICK 77 points

KELSEY TROPHY – for Performance Recorded Flock making greatest index gain in the year

1st Mr & Mrs M Gibson STITCHCOMBE

2nd Eleanor & Anabel Jones MORLEY

3rd Messrs McFarlane & Rennie LECROPT


1st   Chloe Malcolm (shepherd) ISLE OF BUTE

2nd Place John Craig LUMB

3rd Angela Shaw PORTPATRICK