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Gisburn Sale 2020

After consultation with the auction, we are still planning to host the NDBC sale at Gisburn on Saturday 8th August. However, there will be no pre-sale Show this year and the sale will be subject to any social distancing measures relevant at the time. Entry forms will be available on the website or by request at the end of the this month. 

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Club Update – Spring 2020

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 the decision has been made to cancel the club open day on the 5th July at Thorney Bank Farm, Roughlee. We hope to reschedule this for later in the year dependant on social distancing guidelines. The club biannual flock competition will also be postponed till 2021.

There is the possibility that the Gisburn Show and Sale won’t be able to go ahead also. As a result of this, fully paid up members who have stock to sell can advertise their stock for free on the Facebook page and via the website. Any information and pictures etc can be emailed to [email protected] or to the secretary [email protected]

Sam Driver

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Gisburn Show and Sale 2019

Saturday 10th August saw the Northern Dorset Breeders Club hold its annual show and sale, the 3rd one now at Gisburn Auction Mart.  Judging of the pre-sale show was left in the capable hands of Mr George Robson of the Ballyhamage Flock, Co. Antrim. Claiming the Championship was the shearling gimmer Sandy Lane A4990 from Sam Driver, sired by Deverill Xenon and scanned carrying a single to Huish Alpha. After a flurry of bids, she was secured by new breeder Julie Bradley for the day’s top price of 560gns.  The reserve ticket went to the Male Champion, Waggoners Adonis from Club Chairman Alec Steff. Sired by Poorton Zephyr, stock ram at the Waggoners and Dynamite flocks, Waggoners Adonis goes back home to Ballyhamage with Mr Robson.

  A full ring of buyers including many new faces made sure that females were a spirited trade. Good quality females were very much in demand and there was certainly an appetite for more. Individual females continued to sell well following the champion. The smart run of five individual ewe lambs from Sheila Gray’s Burley flock peaked at 295gns for the Downkillybegs Windfall sired ewe lamb Burley B530.  The very eye catching first prize ewe lamb from Stuart Alderson’s Paddock Leach flock sold away at 210gns with her pen mates following closely at 205gns. The first prize pen of five went to Alec Steff with a pen of aged ewes which sold away at 165gns.


Dorset Horns proved popular with Alex Birch’s 1 crop ewe, High Rakes Z23 getting away at 230gns. Scanned in lamb to the High Rakes flock new stock ram, Sandy Lane Action Man who was Best Horn Exhibit at Carlisle Spring Stars 2019. The Best Horn Exhibit and second prize shearling ewe Sandy Lane A5410 sold away to the same bidder, Mr Blackshaw for 220gns.

  Rams followed the trend for the year and were harder to find homes for.  The second prize shearling ram Sandy Lane Ambrose topped the ram trade at 320gns. This ram was sired by the homebred ram Sandy Lane Zippy, who is currently breeding well in the Sherborne flock in Dorset. Alex birch’s shearling horn ram High Rakes Axle sired by Island View Xcel was the next best priced ram at 290gns. The first prize ram lamb Paddock Leach Ben, from Stuart Alderson was next away at 220gns.

  The club would like to extend its thanks to our judge Mr George Robson for spending the day sharing his expertise. We would also like to thank our auctioneer Rachel and all the Gisburn staff for their continued support and excitement to make sure the sale goes from strength to strength. We look forward to the 2020 sale and would encourage members who haven’t tried the sale yet to give it a go. There’s a growing demand for quality females at this venue and if members support this sale, we can continue to push the breed forward in the North of England.

Supreme Champion – Mr S Driver (Shearling Gimmer)

Male Champion – Mr A Steff (Shearling Ram)

Female Champion – Mr S Driver (Shearling Gimmer)

Best Horn Exhibit – Mr S Driver (Shearling Gimmer)

Shearling Ewe

  1. Mr S Driver
  2. Mr S Driver
  3. Mr A Steff

Ewe Lamb

  1. Mr S Alderson
  2. S & J Gray
  3. Mr S Alderson
  4. Mr A Birch
  5. S & J Gray

Shearling Ram

  1. Mr A Steff
  2. Mr S Driver
  3. Mr A Steff
  4. Mr A Birch

Ram Lamb

  1. Mr S Alderson
  2. S&J Gray
  3. Mr J Allen


DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! The Fitton Family would like to invite you to…
The Northern Dorset Breeders Club AGM & ‘Dynamite Dorsets’ Flock visit .

The day will be followed by the Ryders Farm Charity Hoedown 2019 From 7.30 pm with Inflatable Pub & Bar, Food, Live Entertainment & DJ 🎉
Please note, this is a separate event and tickets for the EVENING will be available to purchase for £15 on the day. (The AGM & Flock visit remain Free of Charge to all Members & Non – Members.)

Great Yorkshire Show Report 2019

Tuesday 9th July saw the judging of the Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset classes at the Great Yorkshire Show 2019.  An increased number of exhibitors on the year, including some for the first time, turned out an excellent show of sheep. William Carson from the renowned Downkillybegs flock in County Antrim was tasked with the days judging. Although the start of the judging was delayed due to an overrunning breed in the same ring, a strong audience of spectators stayed on to see the proceeding selection of the days breed Champion.

  First class up was the aged and shearling ram class. Standing top of the line was the much-admired shearling Horn ram, Staverton Arnie, exhibited by Richard Fitton. Sired by Sandy Lane Wolf and purchased at this year’s May Fair where he was crowned Best Horn Exhibit, Arnie is now one of the stock rams at Mr Fitton’s Dynamite flock based in Bolton. The 2nd prize ram in this class was Richhill Zinfandel, sired by Ballytaggart Trojan, exhibited by Mr Alec Steff Waggoners flock. Coming in 3rd in this strong class of rams was another Richhill ram, this time Richhill Xuberant, presented by Mr Fitton, a ram that had an impressive show career in Northern Ireland as a lamb.

  Mr Carson then proceeded to judge the ram class with Messrs B & G Beck taking first with a very smart Ballytaggart ram lamb purchased at May Fair. Second was Mr Fitton with Mr Ben Welsh, Roundshaw flock taking 3rd with a January born homebred lamb. Mr Welsh’s ram lamb later went on to be Northern Dorset Breeders Club Male Champion. A class open to homebred sheep exhibited by NDBC members.

  The female classes followed with one of the biggest turnouts to date with first prize in both the aged ewe and shearling ewe classes going to Richard Fitton. The ewe lamb class was topped by a very correct and stylish January born ewe lamb from Mr Welsh who was attending the show with Poll Dorsets for the first time. She was sired by Roundshaw stock ram, Downkillybegs Watson. This ewe lamb later went on to be Female Champion and Reserve Overall in the open classes. In addition to this the ewe lamb also took Female and Overall Champion in the Northern Dorset Breeders Club classes.  In a very big group of three class, Odgers and Braithwaite, Quarrydale flock, claimed the top spot with their horn group, which included their show ewe ‘Becky’ who the family have had great success with over the last couple of years.

  Onto the championship, Mr Fitton’s Staverton Arnie was crowned breed Champion and Best Horn Exhibit after taking the Male Champion ticket. Mr Carson described his Champion as “very correct and full of breed type… tremendous example of a proper Dorset Horn tup”. To top this off on the Wednesday, Arnie went onto be Reserve Interbreed/Lowland Champion, only to be beaten by the day’s Supreme Interbreed Champion. It is the first time at the Great Yorkshire Show a Dorset has featured in the Interbreed prizes, which is a great success for Mr Fitton and the breed. It was also noted that this is the second year in a row at GYS, that the breed Champion from the Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset classes going forward to the Interbreed has been a Dorset Horn.

  The NDBC would like to congratulate the prize winners and the entrants on bringing forward a tremendous show of sheep. We also extend our thanks to the judge Mr William Carson who did an excellent job even though it was getting on in the day before he could finish! We eagerly look forward to next years show, which is to be the host of the Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset Sheep Breeders Association’s National Show. So be sure to get those entries in early next year!!

For a full list of this year’s results got to

Gisburn Show and Sale 2019

Members should today have received via email, entry forms and sale conditions for Gisburn Show and Sale 2019. If you haven’t received them and would like to please contact; [email protected]

Entries close at noon on Monday 15th July and entry fees MUST be included with your entry. A polite reminder, to qualify for the reduced NDBC member entry fee your subscription needs to be up to date.

Please try and support the sale, last year was one of our most successful NDBC sales to date and it would be great to see this continue.