Alderton Farm Blog

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Alderton Sherlock wins Signet Performance Award

Alderton Sherlock, born on 20th January 2014, was unbeaten in the show ring this year at Newport, Oswestry and Burwarton Shows.  

He received the Signet Performance Award for the best ram lamb with above average genetic merit at Burwarton, where he competed in a class of 14. Sherlock's Signet index of 202 for carcass plus maternal traits puts him well within the top 10% of the breed. We are using him in our breeding programme this year.

 

Our flock is featured on BBC1's Countryfile!

 

The BBC’s primetime countryside programme, Countryfile, contacted us in early September about appearing in one of their episodes. We were really excited by this opportunity to showcase the Shropshire sheep breed – but also a bit nervous. Animals can be very unpredictable at the best of times!

We needn’t have worried though: The day went really well. The sun shone, the sheep all behaved themselves and the ram, Special Agent, proved that he is totally uninhibited when it comes to tupping in front of the camera!

 

A successful show season

 

This summer we took some of our sheep to three local shows in Shropshire.

First was Burwarton Show, a very popular event over in the east of the county. Seven other exhibitors were showing Shropshire sheep there this year, so the competition was hot!

 

Farm News: It's time to scan some lambs

We ‘ve just arranged our annual scanning visit, when a technician from Signet Farm Business Consultancy will visit our farm to take ultrasound scans of this season’s lambs.

The technician measures the muscle depth and fat depth in the loin area (where lamb chops come from) to help us identify the animals that have the meatiest conformation.

We use this information to help us choose which animals to retain for breeding. We also record the weights of lambs at birth and at regular intervals to weaning to help us identify those with the fastest rate of growth.

 

Farm News: We follow the progress of one of our rams in Germany

We visited Germany with a group of other British breeders of Shropshire sheep at the end of April. Shropshires are well known as “the tree friendly breed” and are used extensively by German tree growers to graze down the herbage between trees in their conifer plantations.

We visited several farmers with Shropshires, including the owner of one of the largest flocks in Germany: Peter Quast runs over 200 sheep and his Shropshires were of a very high quality.  We were delighted to find that one of Peter’s stock rams is a son of Alderton Neville. We exported Neville as a shearling ram (one year old) to Hans Sandmann in 2010.   Later in the trip, we met Hans and he was able to tell us that he was very pleased with the way Neville developed into a ram with tremendous length and stature.