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Buying Ouessants


The Society maintains the official register of all pedigree Ouessant sheep in the UK and Members may advertise sheep for sale and hire in the Society Marketplace.  The Society makes no guarantees but strongly recommends that prospective buyers use the Marketplace.  When buying elsewhere they are advised to check the vendor is a Society member and that the sheep is a registered Ouessant, with a valid registration certificate.  Read more buying advice and view the latest ads using the button below or in ‘The Breed’ dropdown menu above.  


For those that maybe new to Ouessant or even new to sheep keeping, we have produced two guides which will hopefully help answer some of the more frequently asked questions.

Buyers guide

 Keeping sheep in the garden or small paddock

Society Codes of Conduct for the Marketplace

Only registered or birth-notified Ouessant sheep may be offered for sale or hire.   When sourcing or selling stock, Regional Reps can be contacted to assist.

Sellers Should:

  • Include the OSS number, height and presence or absence of wattles for all sheep
  • Declare any known faults in breeding ability, conformation, temperament and ancestry.
  • Not knowingly sell line bred, or inbred, stock or related male/female pairs without declaring them as such.
  • Ensure the sheep is in good health, with all routine husbandry completed, and provide the purchaser with proper records of the sheep’s medical history and last worming and vaccination dates.
  • Provide a printed copy of the OSS Registration Certificate to accompany every sale of a registered sheep. Provide the OSS number of the sire when selling a ewe in lamb.
  • Notify as soon as possible the transfer of the sheep, and the details of the purchaser, in the online flock book or to the Registrar via email.
  • Be honest and truthful in all matters relating to the sheep being offered for sale.

Buyers Should:

  • Check the pedigree and kinship of sheep on their certificates or in the online flock book before buying.
  • Check the sheep’s conformation against the breed standard.
  • Check the health and condition of the sheep, as best you are able.
  • Ensure that each sheep is accompanied by a hard copy of its registration certificate, and that you receive details of its medical history.
  • Physically check the ear tag number of each sheep against the number recorded on the registration certificate and movement documentation.
  • Ensure that all sheep bought are transferred to your ownership in the OSS Flock Book.