The Sherborne Flock
Sherborne Poll Dorsets
"Commercial Common Sense based on Pedigree Performance"
After wining the Ewe Lamb Class, Sherborne Tanya achieved the Flock's top price of 350 gns, selling to Mr Ryan. "Tanya's" sire, Manorcroft Panther also bred with Bath and West wining Ewe Lamb "Tulisa"
Sherborne Temptation took the overall Breed Championship at the recent 150th Royal Bath and West Show. The September born, Blackhill Parker son, will now be taken to the Welsh Club’s show and sale at Llandovery on 29 June 2013.
Joining him at the sale will be Sherborne Tulisa after winning a strong ewe lamb class at the show. The Manorcroft Panther daughter will be one of four individual ewe lambs offered for sale in Wales.
Bennachie Scheillon arrived in time for April tupping. After winning the male championship at the 2012 Royal Yorkshire Show, the Ramsden H815 son joins the flock for the main tupping period in April. He has been used on a cross section of pedigrees so his first progeny should give an early indication of his capabilities! We will eagerly await his first lambs.
Sherborne Thunder – a full brother to last year’s most expensive Sherborne ram, Storm, sold to Thornbank Farms at the May sale – will be retained to use in April’s tupping. This tight skinned lamb, born a twin, shows all the attributes of his older brother and will, probably, be our highest indexed lamb in the March Signet run.
Worcester Sale – 14 July 2012
Another successful show and sale for the Sherborne Flock at Worcester. The show classes saw the ram lamb, Surprise, finish runner up to the overall champion from Huish and the Shearling Ewe P157 also gaining second in a strong ewe class.
It was, however, another ewe from the Sherborne Flock that took the day’s highest female price at 650gns. This Gortleigh Hastings daughter was sold as scanned carrying twins by Sherborne Nasri. Our Shearling Ewes averaged 420gns.
The Flock was also involved in the day’s highest price, purchasing the overall Champion Huish Saturn (S386) by Huish Nugget, this ram lamb has a terminal index of 363 and a maternal index of 276.
We would like to thank all purchasers of our sheep at this year’s breed sales.
Flock Competition 2012
For the second year running, our group of stud rams – used in April and July this year – took first prize in the stud ram category. Progeny from this group will be born from September onwards, following some our best ever scanning results. 330 ewes have been scanned to lamb in our first lambing period (September/early October) carrying 174% lambs.
This year’s group of ewe lambs finished third in the ewe lamb section.
May Fair 2012
One of the most successful May Fair’s for Sherborne Polls in their history. The Signet Class winning ‘Sherborne Storm’ set the trade for the flock at 3,000gns. This Lewisham son heads to the Thornbank Flock in Cumbria. His Dam, L339, (probably the strongest Federal daughter in the flock) has been mated again with Lewisham – so fingers crossed.
Sherborne Striker, by Kauto Star, was taken at 2,000gns by the Robson family in Northern Ireland.
Overall, our seven ram lambs averaged £1,454, which gave us second place in the ram averages and the highest average achieved by an English flock.
Not to be out done, the Flock’s pen of five ewe lambs achieved an amazing £350 each, selling again across the water to Trevor and Sharon Knox’s Riverview Flock.
We would like to thank all our purchasers for their support and wish them all the best with their Sherborne sheep.
Two ram lambs were purchased at May Fair 2012 – Huish Starlight, a Huish Zach son acquired at 900gns. This Terrence grandson brings stature, good reliable figures and a depth of pedigree to the flock.
Riverview Scrum Half at 1,350gns, carrying Myomax Gene, is sired by Riverview Legend. Legend was spotted at Balmoral Show in 2011, after winning the Breed Championship.
Both of these ram lambs will be used on a selection of pedigree lines this summer, with progeny hopefully available in 2013.
Bath & West Show 2012
For the sixth year running, having had our first Reserve Champion in 1966, we had the Reserve Champion with a ewe lamb and Best Opposite Sex with a ram lamb.
Success at Centurion Selection Day
Sherborne Storm (S0659) was voted Centurion Ram of the Year at the recent Centurion selection day (2012).
In the top 1% of the breed, with a Terminal sire index of 376, this Sherborne Lewisham son (L211) is out of a Sherborne Federal daughter.
Storm has been entered for this year's breed May Fair on 8/9 May in Exeter.
Ewe Lambs Show Weight Gain
‘Ewe lambs running with Manorcroft Panther’
In July 2011 we decided to go back to tupping a proportion of our September/October 2010 born ewe lambs, something not done here for five years. An average body weight of 55 kgs was always used as a yardstick to determine which sheep would be run with the ram. This current group averaged between 60-65 kgs, showing an increase of nearly 10kgs! This is particularly pleasing because they do not receive any concentrates, once weaned in late December.
At the time of writing this, all of the group had either lambed to Panther or were in lamb to Poorton Netherbury for February 2012.
Rams Travel The Channel
We were recently delighted to export four rams to a large commercial flock in France, where they will be used for crossing onto 1,000 Ile De France ewes. The resulting females will be more docile and better at forage conversion whilst maintaining an out of season breeding ability.
Flock Competition Results
At the Breed’s AGM in November in Kingsbridge in Devon, the Sherborne Flock picked up several awards in the National Flock Competition.
Our rams picked up the trophy for Best Group of Stud Rams. The ewes lambs finished runners up, with the overall flock also finishing second in the Large Flock section, going on to be eventual Reserve Champions overall.
The Sherborne Flock was awarded the Waitrose Dorset Lamb Producer of the Year 2010. The award combines the quality of the lamb produced with accuracy of numbers delivered on commitment. 2011 has got off to a good start as well, with 96% of lambs achieving specified grades, averaging over 19kgs DWT.
Worcester Show 2011
Sherborne Nato won the Shearling Ram class. Having also been successful at this year's Bath & West, this Poorton Kingcombe son was the day's top price at 490 gns.
Sherborne Nelly was the day's overall Champion after winning the Shearling Ewe class. Bred from our show ewe Florida, Nelly was sired by Poorton Jeppy - the same sire as our May Fair Female Champion, Nadia
Bath & West Show 2011
Sherborne Prince Regent was Reserve Breed Champion and followed this up by becoming Champion Performance Recorded Ram, beating a class consisting of various other breeds.
May Fair 2011
Sherborne Nadia (N133) - Female Champion May Fair 2011
Sherborne Nadia (N133) was awarded Best Shearling Ewe and Overall Female Champion at this year's May Fair. The Poorton Jeppy daughter later sold for 480gns to Mr Rod Dallyn of Wimborne for his Pilford Flock.
Other highlights at the Fair for our Flock was Sherborne Pretender finishing second in the Signet class before joining Sian Downes at Sian-D. Sherborne Platinum and Preference were third in the pairs, before both going to Northern Ireland, where they will join Raymond Hill's Olive Tree Flock and Angus Fleming's Drumlin Flock respectively.
The Sherborne Flock would like to thank all purchasers of ram lambs and females at the sale and wish them every success with their sheep.
Centurion Ram of the Year 2011
Sherborne Pretender (P114) was recently voted Ram of the Year by the Centurion Poll Dorset Breeders, beating 20 other rams (lambs and shearlings). This Gortleigh Hastings son will be offered for sale at this year’s May Fair sale. Out of a Sherborne Ferrari sired ewe, Pretender has an index of 340 and will probably represent the flock in the Signet Performance and Single Poll class at the Fair.
High Maternal Index Rams
Lewisham sons, Sherborne PO211 and PO212 were impressive in the Signet March breeding run and were also selected in the Centurion Ram Selection top 5. These twins are out of our impressive H33 – a Federal daughter having produced 8 lambs in 4 crops every September and lambed as a ewe lamb in 2006. PO212 (Sherborne Pires) has been sold to the Blackhill flock, whilst PO211 will be retained here at Sherborne. Both rams have terminal and maternal figures over 300!
New Sires for 2011
Downkillbegs Napoleon – purchased at May Fair 2010, by Drumlin Kojack, the sire of the 2009 May Fair Champion. Early lambs look very promising.
Poorton Nethercombe – purchased privately in 2010, by Downkillbegs Captain. We hope this ram will pass on his quality and style to his offspring!
Sherborne Panache – this ram lamb combines the best of Downkillybegs Jazz Dancer (sire) and Gortleigh Hastings (sire of dam). At the moment he possesses a lot of strength and breed type with a fantastic head. Also has good figures!
Over the last few years we have slowly improved the performance of the flock which can be clearly seen by the Signet figures shown. However, we have not done this at the expense of type and management.
"Sherborne Never Say Die" - Breaks flock's highest May Fair price
N102 - Never Say Die - gave the flock a brilliant May Fair on 4/5 May 2010 by winning the Signet class on the show day and finishing runner up in a strong single poll lamb class.
On sale day, this Sherborne Lewisham son set an early high price of 2,200 gns, only to be surpassed late in the day the single poll winner achieving 2,800 gns.
Best Large Flock Award
Richard & Robert Hole’s Sherborne Flock of Poll Dorsets were recently awarded Best Large Flock in the National Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset Sheep Breeders Flock Competition.
The event, judged in July by Mr & Mrs William Carson from Northern Ireland, is split into small, medium and large categories depending on ewe numbers.
The flock’s group of 100 ewe lambs also won the overall ewe lamb section, beating entrants from Derbyshire, Sheffield, Devon and Northern Ireland.
The competition, held annually by the Breed, is growing in popularity every year and it allows judges to see the versatility of the Dorset breed in many different farming environments across the UK.
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