Entries open for Dorset Flock Competition

Commercial, pedigree and rare breed sheep farmers will once again be battling it out at this year’s Dorset County Show Dorset Flock Competition.

Last year’s inaugural event saw 23 farmers across the county take part in the three classes: small flocks (1-50 ewes); medium flocks (51-300 ewes) and large flocks of over 300 ewes.

The most popular class was the medium sized flock which was won by Rorie and Rachel Geddes, from Toller Porcorum, while Ian and Fiona Andrews, from Cattistock took the small flock award with their Texels. Tom Besent, from Cheselbourne won the large category.

The tables have now been turned and all three will be on the judging panel this year, visiting the flocks that have been entered at the end of June or early July.

Bill Britton, chair of the Dorset County Show sheep committee, urged sheep farmers to enter the competition this year, adding there are currently more than 175,000 sheep in the county.

Mr Britton, who farms a small flock of Poll Dorsets at Dewlish, near Dorchester, said: “Farmers love to talk about their animals and this is a great opportunity for them to display their livestock and talk about their management, husbandry, welfare and marketing.”

The winners of each class will receive a cheque for £150 with the runner-up getting £75. The entry fees costs £8 for members of the Dorchester Agricultural Society, Melplash Agricultural Society and Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Society and £10 for non-members.

The deadline for entries is the end of May.

Rebecca Cox
7th Feb 2017 10:18:00

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