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Trustees

We asked a number of questions of our trustees so we can get to know them a little better and as their answers were revealed on social media we published them on here.  

The questions were:

1 First of all, where in the UK are you located and what is your flock name?

2 How did you come to know about the breed?

3 When and where did you see your first Dutch Spotted sheep?

4 How long have you owned Dutch Spotted?

5 What interested you most about them or inspired you to get involved with them?

6 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

7 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

8 What was the best night you have ever had?

9 Where is your favourite place to go out for a meal?

10 What is your favourite food?

11 Your favourite drink?

12 What is the best sheep you have ever seen, regardless of breed?

Ali Jackson - Acting Chair

1 First of all, where in the UK are you located and what is your flock name?

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, Tiptop FLock

2 How did you come to know about the breed?

I had seen them briefly in Belgium, years ago, before looking into them more online..

3 When and where did you see your first Dutch Spotted sheep?

Belgium in 2016

4 How long have you owned Dutch Spotted?

Coming up 6 years now

5 What interested you most about them or inspired you to get involved with them?

Very easy to work with.  Great mothers and a top end carcass breed.

6 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

Very easy fleshed on grass.

7 How did you choose your flock name?

Same on for all our breeds

8 What was the best night you have ever had?

There’s been a few but a night that stands out has to be after winning the interbreed at the Great Yorkshire Show.  Must have bought 20 bottles of wine, and I don’t even like drinking it.

9 Where is your favourite place to go out for a meal

Aulgirth Inn near Dumfries.  Best steak I have had.

10 What is your favourite food

Can’t beat a Dominos pizza

11 Your favourite drink?

Jack Daniels and Coke

12 What is the best sheep you have ever seen, regardless of breed?

Sportsman Double Diamond has to be up there with one of the best Texel Tup lambs I have seen going on to make 350,000gns

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Jenni Cannon - Breed Secretary & Promotions Co-Ordinator
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Rachel Buckle - Registrations Secretary

1 First of all, where in the UK are you located and what is your flock name?

I live at Auchengray, Carnwath, which is near Lanark, Scotland, originally from Reeth in  Swaledale, North Yorkshire, so no Scottish accent!! My flock name is Polka-Dot, which I  share with Jimmy Bell.

2 How did you come to know about the breed?

I remember there being a photo and article in the Farmers Guardian about them when they  were first imported by Cavan Maguire.

3 When and where did you see your first Dutch Spotted sheep?

On the breed stand at North Sheep in 2019.

4 How long have you owned Dutch Spotted?

Almost a year, and enjoying the journey so far…..

5 What interested you most about them or inspired you to get involved with them?

I was originally approached by Brian Davies to work for the Society, and then curiosity got  the better of us, and purchased a ewe and ewe lamb online from Liam Campbell last year, it’s  simpler to press a bid button on the computer than to bid live!

6 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

Just started lambing them, so will let you know as the year progresses!

7 How did you choose your flock name? 

A very good friend of mine came up with it, she’s always been good at names, I asked her for something catchy, and she came up with Polka-Dot.

8 What was the best night you have ever had?

Now there’s a question……., wouldn’t you all like to know!!

9 Where is your favourite place to go out for a meal

The Black Swan at Ravenstonedale, near Kirkby Stephen, a lovely country pub, not far from the M6 at Tebay if anyone is passing.

10 What is your favourite food

For starters, whitebait, main course, fillet steak, and I love puddings, especially chocolatey ones

11 Your favourite drink?

Brandy and Babycham (if you ever see Babycham, buy me a bottle or two, you don’t see it too often), red wine, gin and tonic, basically anything but whiskey and baileys.

12 What is the best sheep you have ever seen, regardless of breed?

For tups, it has to be the Crossing Blue Leicester, Y1 Midlock, sold for £8500 in 2006. I  remember seeing him at Hawes the day of the sale, and he was different to anything before  or ever since and went on to become one of the most influential tups in the breed.

For females, it has to be the Beltex ewe, College Adele, bred by Ted Fox, and sold for £8500  to my sons Buckles flock, she had presence, style, breediness, and the most important  characteristic in my eyes, good lugs, and has gone on to breed females to £20,000.

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Penny Eminson - Accounts and Treasurer

1 First of all, where in the UK are you located and what is your flock name?

East Lancashire, flock name is Highclose.  It’s a family concern; mum, dad, daughter and son-in-law all involved.

2 How did you come to know about the breed?

In 2015, my daughter, working at Myerscough was involved in outcrossing various female sheep to a Dutch Spotted ram and recording and comparing the growth rates etc. 

3 When and where did you see your first Dutch Spotted sheep?

The Summer of 2016 at Myerscough College Open Day where there was a pure ram and ewe on show along with a number of cross-bred lambs - various ewe breeds crossed with a Dutch Spotted Ram. 

4 How long have you owned Dutch Spotted?

We bought our first Spotties in 2016, one ram and three ewe lambs.

5 What interested you most about them or inspired you to get involved with them?

I like to have animals I like the look of.  The appeal was how commercial this breed looks, they stood out.  The spots were a bonus. 

6 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

I’m supposed to talk about growth rates and how quickly they are up and running after birth, but I personally love the curiosity they have.

7 How did you choose your flock name? 

We have bred Dales Ponies with this prefix for many years, and other sheep too.  Highclose is a simplified version of our farm name as its full name is a right mouthful!. 

8 What was the best night you have ever had?

I have had quite a few really excellent nights out.  And lots of variety too.  Question is …is the definition of a good night out, being able to remember it, or not being able to remember it?

10 What is your favourite food

I adore seafood and rare, well rested fillet steak.

11 Your favourite drink?

I go through phases with drinks, I have had a generation of enjoying a nice gin and tonic now and again, but as I have aged, I’ve grown into whisky and now enjoy an odd dram with Glenmorangie my current favourite.

12 What is the best sheep you have ever seen, regardless of breed?

I am not an expert in sheep, I just know what I like and what I don’t.  With my accountancy head on I would say the best sheep is the one of ours who sold for the most!

 

Megan Rowlandson - Trustee

1 First of all, where in the UK are you located and what is your flock name?

A small fishing village in South Cumbria with beautiful views over Morecambe Bay called Flookburgh.  I am flock number 2 - Damson Dutch Spotted

2 How did you come to know about the breed?

As a Special Birthday surprise

3 When and where did you see your first Dutch Spotted sheep?

On my 30th Birthday I had been dropping hints to my Mum how I would like a 4 legged present, I had thought it could be a Blue Texel. Instead, I was surprised with 4 imported Spotty Lambs – Pepper, Dotty, LuLu & Spotted Dick. A special Birthday present & my perfect starter flock.

4 How long have you owned Dutch Spotted?

Since August 2016

5 What interested you most about them or inspired you to get involved with them?

They were a new breed in the Country & with each being different they stood out. It has been a great opportunity to be in the Society from the start & to see how its progressed with great speed & success which will hopefully carry on growing for many years

The temperament & quietness of them have made it easier for our 2 daughters- Evie & Lucie to be more hands on with them & gain confidence with livestock.

6 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

Good mothering instincts, ability to maintain condition & suit the different land & weather conditions throughout the year.

7 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

We have Damson Trees in the garden which I love to see blossom in Spring & I also make jam & gin in September. I lost my wonderful Nanna the year before, being a farmer’s wife, she loved animals, the countryside, nature, our interest in our other animals & her favourite colour was purple, Damson felt like the perfect name for my flock.

8 What was the best night you have ever had?

There has been lots of great times with friends & family. One of my favourites is usually a day at a show or at the Races- Wetherby, Aintree or our local track – Cartmel, even better if we have some winners.

9 Where is your favourite place to go out for a meal

A beautiful restaurant called Rogans in Cartmel.

10 What is your favourite food

A lovely medium/ rare steak

11 Your favourite drink?

A strong cup of PG tips or nice cold glass of Zinfandel Rose

12 What is the best sheep you have ever seen, regardless of breed?

Tricky question as there’s so many with their own positive points for the different breeds.

I would have to say my favourite / best Dutch Spotted I’ve seen is one that has had a huge impact on my flock from the start. Her breeding comes through in many of my lambs, some of which have seen great success in the shows & sales of recent years. She had great conformation, mouth, feet, temperament, milky, motherly, stood out amongst the others and was what I would think would be an excellent example of the breed – Pepper.

Edward Adamson - Trustee

1 First of all, where in the UK are you located and what is your flock name? 

Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.   KILROOT

2 How did you come to know about the breed?

At Royal Welsh Show

3 When and where did you see your first Dutch Spotted sheep?

As above

4 How long have you owned Dutch Spotted?

First three were purchased at The Society Import in Autumn 2018

5 What interested you most about them or inspired you to get involved with them?

Their temperament and appearance

6 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?

Their ability to produce an excellent butcher’s lamb on any breed of ewe

7 How did you choose your flock name? 

KILROOT is the townland name we live in. Kilroot consists of a power station, A salt mine, a ready mix concrete plant and our farm.

8 What was the best night you have ever had?

‘Dinner at Chalons sur Champagnes in France after judging the Ile de France National Competition in 1997

9 Where is your favourite place to go out for a meal 

Ownie's in Carrickfergus

10 What is your favourite food 

Fillet Steak

11 Your favourite drink? 

Appletiser

12 What is the best sheep you have ever seen, regardless of breed? 

Maybe not the best but the one I remember, best Charollais Ram Glenbrook Jacques imported from France in 1997

Graeme Jackson - Trustee

1 First of all, where in the UK are you located and what is your flock name?  High Bentham, North Yorkshire - flock name Mount Pleasant

2 How did you come to know about the breed?  I saw them at the Great Yorkshire

3 When and where did you see your first Dutch Spotted sheep?  Agri-expo

4 How long have you owned Dutch Spotted?  Our first two were purchased at the society import selection day

5 What interested you most about them or inspired you to get involved with them?  My daughter

6 What do you think is a key attribute of this breed?  Fast growth and lambs up and sucking quickly

7 How did you choose your flock name? Mount Pleasant is where we live and has always been our prefix for all our breeds.

8 What was the best night you have ever had?  Young Farmers AGM in Blackpool (a long time ago)

9 Where is your favourite place to go out for a meal  Shap Chippy

10 What is your favourite food  Curry (Indian)

11 Your favourite drink?   Coffee / Lager top

12 What is the best sheep you have ever seen, regardless of breed?  Forgot the year, Charollais ewe if ingrams Logiedurno at the Royal Highland Show

 

Alan Smyth - Trustee