2016-06-06   facebooktwitterrss

Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders Appoint New Secretary

Janet Hill has been appointed secretary of the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders’ Association.

Janet succeeds Richard Davis who steps down from the position after 20 years and takes up the new role of company secretary responsible for finance management.

Janet Hill

Janet Hill

A former executive and international secretary to British Eventing based at Stoneleigh, she has been a full time hands-on farmer for the past 20 years, currently managing with her husband Brian, a 700 Lleyn ewe flock and a 120 cow suckler herd on the Isle of Bute. Their 1,600 acre hill unit is former QMS Monitor Farm.

She commented:
“I look forward to returning to an administrative role, taking up the reins and meeting members. I believe there is an exciting future ahead for the Hampshire Down breed as a performance recorded terminal sire in forage based sheep farming systems and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of that.

“My interest in the Hampshire Down breed grew when I realised its value to us as a terminal sire over our outdoor lambing flock of Lleyns leaving hardy, lively, and fast growing lambs. I began to breed rams for our own use, and now run a small pedigree flock alongside the commercial ewes whose numbers will now be reduced and day to day shepherding carried out by Chloe Malcolm. I will continue to manage our flocks’ record keeping and performance recording; I am convinced of the value of using data, along-side good old fashioned shepherding and sound stockmanship.”

Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders’ Association president, David Middleditch said:
“Richard’s dedication and passion for the breed coupled with extraordinary hard work behind the scenes is reflected in the fact since 2000, the number of Hampshire Down flocks has increased by 76% and female registrations by 67%. We welcome Janet and her enthusiasm together with practical hands-on experience to take the breed forward to the next chapter.”

Hampshire Down

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