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2014/15.  23 out of 29 ewes held to AI producing 40 lambs with a much more even spread of ewe lambs and ram lambs, with a warm dry autumn giving them an excellent start.

 

Rams used this year were:       Sherborne Substance S886 

                                                         Tattykeel Blueprint 214/07 (imported Australian semen)

                                                         Huish Topgun T228 (purchased at Mayfair)

                                                         Newtoncoombe Unity U440

 

 

2013/14.  A total of 38 lambs from the 24 ewes that held to AI, with a high percentage of ram lambs,  a lovely autumn but then it rained constantly for the rest of the winter! 

Flock Competition 2014- 3rd Medium Flock

 

Rams used this year were:       Sherborne Substance S886 

                                                         Tattykeel Blueprint 214/07 (imported Australian semen)

                                                         Huish Topgun T228 (purchased at Mayfair)

                                                         Newtoncoombe Trailblazer T341

 

 

2012/13. Amazingly all 10 ewes inseminated in June held producing 19 lambs, the first Tattykeel lambs in the UK.  Our first impressions are that they are very easy lambing and very quick off the ground. Born in late November they have a fair bit of catching up to do with the main group of lambs born in October. Unfortunately the root crop this year is very poor. This year we have inseminated 29 ewes to lamb in mid-September.

Flock competition 2013- 2nd Small Flock.

 

Rams used this year were:        Ballytaggart Krafty K44

                                                          Sherborne Substance S886 (purchased at Mayfair)

                                                          Tattykeel Blueprint 214/07 (imported Australian semen)

 

 

2011/12. The autumn lambing went well in really good weather. Lambing percentage was high with a lot of triplets and a mild winter means that they have grown better than last year. The spring lambs have also had a good start. We used Laparoscopic Insemination on ten ewes for the AI of the semen from Tattykeel Blueprint, which we have now received. It has taken three years to actually import from Australia.

Flock competition 2012- 2nd Small Flock.

 

Rams used this year were:        Ballytaggart Krafty K44

                                                          Poorton L112

                                                          

 

2010/2011. We started the new year looking back at the coldest December on record, but the lambs are very evenly matched probably due to a very short lambing period. Lambing percentage to weaning is 161%. We sold 7 rams and 10 ewe lambs at Mayfair. At Liskeard sale we had Best Shearling ram, Best Ram Lamb and Best Pen of Ewe Lambs.

 

Rams used this year were:       Downkillybegs Kojak K3

                                                         Poorton L112

                                                         Ballytaggart Krafty K44

 

 

2010. After a very long cold winter it was a pleasure to see how well the lambs had grown by the spring with those going to Waitrose killing out well. We had the pleasure of welcoming the Northern Ireland Dorset Club here (Nov 09) for a look at the flock. At Mayfair the prices for females were very good and we sold 1 pen of Shearlings and 2 pens of ewe lambs. Our highlight was gaining 2nd prize with Newtoncoombe Lightning in the Poll Dorset Shearling Ram class. All six rams were sold, and we also had Champion ram and Best pen of ewe lambs at Liskeard sale later in the month; both ram lambs and all 10 ewe lambs sold well.

In November the N.I. Dorset Club invited me to judge their autumn show and sale at Ballymena. Thank you to everyone who made my first sheep judging experience such an enjoyable one.

Flock competition 2010- 3rd Medium Flock.

 

Rams used this year were:        Downkillybegs Kojak K3

                                                          Poorton L112

                                                          Ballytaggart Krafty K44

 

 

2009. May Fair saw excellent trade, selling five rams, three pens of shearling ewes, one pen of ewe lambs and one pen of aged ewes. Although we have a few rams to sell, strong demand for females has left us with only 5 shearling ewes to keep this winter; many thanks to everyone who has purchased stock from us. At Liskeard sale we had the Champion ram lamb.

 

Rams used this year were:       Downkillybegs Kojak K3

                                                         Poorton L112 (purchased at Mayfair from Fooks Bros.)

 

 

2008. Autumn lambing went smoothly with no ill effects from the Bluetongue vaccination with a lambing percentage of 154 at weaning. The lambs sold through Waitrose this year achieved 97% killing out in Premium A (R2, R3L) or Premium AA (U2, U3L). A successful Mayfair saw us sell all 7 rams entered, gaining 3rd prize with the group of three shearlings. We also won 3rd with ewe hoggets, 4th with ewe lambs and 1st with a pen of ewes. At the Liskeard sale we had the Champion ram.

Sheep were vaccinated against Bluetongue on 1st July

 

Rams used this year were:       Trevilley Fractious F205 

                                                         Cissbury Hutch H12  

                                                         Downkillybegs Kojak K3 (purchased at Mayfair from N Ireland.)

 

 

 

2007 has seen lambing at 146% reared. We have sold through the Waitrose scheme again this year, with 93.9% killing out in Premium A (R2,R3L) or Premium AA (U2,U3L). This year the average carcase weight is 19.01 kgs.

Rams used this year were:        Trevilley Fractious F205  

                                                          Cissbury Hutch H12

 

 

2006 saw continued success in the Breed Society Flock competition being placed 2nd in the medium sized flock, as well as gaining 3rd place in the ewe lamb class.

With the lambing season now complete we have achieved 151% lambs reared. 88.2% of the lambs sold for slaughter on the Waitrose scheme have killed out in Premium A grade (R2,R3L), or Premium AA grade U2,U3L). The average carcase weight has been 19.33 kgs.

 

Rams used this year were:        Sherborne Dynasty D129  

                                                          Trevilley Fractious F205  

                                                          Cissbury Hutch H12