Roussin sheep has a new online flockbook
The Roussin Society has set an agreement with Signet and AHDB to create a transparent flockbook for the entire breed. All sheep will be entered into the genetic evaluation, generating data on fecundity and lambing ease to help drive these areas forward. It helps breeders to monitor ‘close breeding’ and ensure rare lines can be preserved to optimise the need to import genetics. It also means that any prospective buyers can search for sheep on the database and create breeding lists so they know which animals will compliment their flock. The breed has a network of performance recorded flocks and it is hoped that the inclusion of EBVs for al breeders on ‘Roussin specific’ traits will increase uptake in weight and muscle recording. All imported bloodlines are subject to progeny testing in France. We can therefore be sure that the breed development both sides of the channel is data-driven. To look up breeders or sheep, please visit the Signet site.
Roussin raffle raises £455 for Cancer charities! So who won?
In support of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK, the society conducted a Summer raffle, offering a 2019 ram lamb bred and donated by Martin McCornick, the society chairman and breeder of the record price ram lamb that sold in 2015 for 1800 gns! All income from sales of tickets will be donated to our chosen Cancer charities. In a difficult year for various members, the society decided to support these charities with a commitment to run a generous prize giveaway. The draw took place on 17th August and the ram will be presented at the Society Sale in Carlisle on 28th September. No cash equivalent is offered.
The winner of the ram was P. Elliot from Cumbria. Congratulations to him and we look forward to presenting the ram to him at our Premier Sale on 28th September at Carlisle.
James Gray from Lincolnshire was runner up and won a bottle of Domaine Lamothe bubbly, donated by Steve West.
If you would like to help us to beat our £455 figure next year, please get in touch to purchase your tickets early in the new year.
Roussin hoggs turn heads at NSA Welsh Sheep May 2019
Derek Steen’s Roussin hoggs won the continental hogg competition at NSA Welsh Sheep this May. Ann Owen’s pair of hoggs also impressed the judges, coming fourth overall. The stand remained busy throughout with many farmers impressed with the display of Lleyn ewes with Roussin lambs at foot – a display that reflects the society’s strong commercial aspirations for our breed. We look forward to NSA North on 5th June, where we will have a similar display. For pictures see here.