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Thank you for visiting our page.  We hope you have enjoyed what you have seen so far and wish to find out more.  From the cautiously curious to the committed conservator, and all things in between, if you are fascinated by these delightful little sheep we invite you to join us.   We are an open and inclusive Society and offer Membership to all who support our aims.  We offer two levels of subscription, exceptionally low membership fees, no additional set up fee and further discount for payments by direct debit.   Here are some of the benefits we offer to our members:

  • Access to the members hub of the website which is full of useful information and resources including welfare and husbandry guidance, land management and DEFRA requirements for sheep keeping etc.   
  • Online access to the original and only DEFRA recognised flock registry for the Ouessant Breed in the UK, (managed on our behalf by Grassroots).  Here members are able to view the pedigrees of all sheep in the registry and use the check mate facility to look at inbreeding co-efficient to help in the selection of breeding stock.  Members are able to manage their own online accounts to records births, deaths and transfers and to flag animals for sale or rams for hire. NB. the birth register function is only available to full members.
  • Free advertising of registered stock sales, wants and ram services in the Marketplace area of  the website.
  • Help and support with mentoring, advice, sourcing stock, assessing stock etc. from a network of Society Regional Representatives. 
  • Access to a private Facebook Member group for chat, discussion, advice, society information, to share and network online and of course join our regular photo competitions.
  • Receive a bi-annual newsletter and have the opportunity to submit your own articles and photos.
  • Access to Ouessant Sheep Society merchandise through our online shop.
  • New members welcome pack including a joining gift and a copy of our comprehensive breed standard leaflet with many illustrative photographs and illustrations to help with the interpretation of the written standard.
  • Get involved!  We are a charity managed by a volunteer board of trustees and supported by our team of regional representatives.  
  • Have your say! Voting rights at AGM (full members only).
  • Education and Training.
  • Zoom and online events.

Full membership of the Society is £20.   Associate membership, which includes all the above benefits, less the ability to register sheep, and to vote in elections is just £10 and is ideal for those interested in the breed but who do not yet own Ouessants.

To join the Society please follow the link below and complete the online form.  If you’d like any further information, please use the ‘Contact Us’ link in the menu at the top of the page.