Work continues to update and improve the flock book, but there are still errors and omissions dating back to the early days of the Society. We have managed to fill in some of the gaps in the pedigrees of sheep, with the help of the Dutch breed society, and will continue to do so. As a result we have been able to improve the registration certificate which now spans 5 generations not 4. The number of gaps on the right hand side is becoming fewer!
And a reminder to all members who sell or transfer sheep to let us have the details (ideally name, address and email) of the new owner. You can do this through the online flock book or by dropping me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll then send the new owner fresh certificates in their name along with some information about the Society. Thanks for your help.
2017 Annual Survey
We’re grateful to the 28 members who completed the 2016 Annual Survey, but this still means that we can’t be sure we have up to date records in the flock book for the majority of flocks in the UK. We’ve been working hard to improve the quality of data in the flock book, but now need your help to complete the job.
Details of the 2017 Annual Survey will be included in your subscription renewal email. Please take a moment to check that our records of your sheep are correct. You can complete the survey in the online flock book, or request a form to return by post or email. Members who complete the survey, and renew their subscription, by 31 January will receive a £5 discount on their 2018 subscription (full members only).
The survey is taken as at 1 December to avoid duplication of effort with the Defra annual inventory. Don’t forget that Defra requires that in December every year you must:
- update your holding register with the number of sheep that are on your land on 1 December
- complete an annual inventory and send it to Defra
Defra should write to you in November, reminding you to update your register and giving details of how to complete the inventory. If you don’t receive a letter or email then contact Defra on 020 8026 6532 or email email@example.com.