Champion Flock Viewing and Show Preparation


Champion Dorset Flock Hosts Open Day 

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 Laura’s open Day some of the members in attendance   

With the number of Dorset sheep breeders growing so rapidly the Northern Ireland Dorset Sheep Club felt it was time to hold another open day with many topics on offer for both old and new breeders alike.

Our hosts for the day were Laura Weir and family of the award winning Lisnafillan flock Ballymena. Laura established her pedigree flock in 2005 and has went on this year to scoop the champion flock in Northern Ireland, 1st prize for her ewe lambs and second overall in the small flock category nationally securing her flock the prestigious Petty France award.

The large number of breeders in attendance weren’t disappointed. First to be viewed were ewes with September born lambs at foot and it was clear to all the potential that was evident in many of the lambs. In fact it highlighted the breeds ability to lamb all year round and for the lambs to thrive despite the adverse weather conditions.

The action then moved indoors as a number of demonstrations had been planned. Club Chairman Ben Lamb and club Secretary William Carson talked us through how to wash and prepare a sheep’s fleece before an actual demonstration of carding and trimming took place. William then showed how to tattoo a sheep. A master class in showmanship, show etiquette and judging rounded off the demonstrations before everyone was let loose to practice their new found skills, with the carding and trimming of sheep proving very popular.
This should make for a very interesting 2012 show season with a number of new exhibitors giving the rest of us a run for our money!

As the afternoon came to a close we were all treated to a much appreciated warm meal provided by Laura and her family giving everyone a chance to catch up on a bit of craic for which the club has become well known.

The Dorset club would like to thank Laura and her family for the use of their facilities and the hospitality provided. The club would also like to congratulate Laura on her achievements this year and on having a beautifully presented flock which reflects her passion for the breed.

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New Breeder Andrew Knox tries his hand