2012 Flock Competition Results
The Melplash Agricultural Society Flocks competitions reward local farmers for their shepherding skills and flock management. There are three awards given:
The Melplash Agricultural Society Perpetual Plaque for the best flock of 15 -50 Ewes
The JRB Bowditch Perpetual Cup for the best flock of 51-300 Ewes
The Newall Perpetual Cup for the best flock of 301 and over
The Judges this year were Mr M Flatt, Crewkerne & Mr John Hoskin, Dorchester. Overall, they look for good sheep husbandry and flock profitability. They assess, among other things, the management and handling of the flock, flock conformation, the quality and condition of the sheep, how they are performing and the number of lambs produced per head.
The Flock Section Chairman, Mr Peter Baker, expressed his grateful thanks to the judges and praised all the competitors. He was pleased to see each year the section growing and more young people entering the competition too.
The prizes will be presented at this year’s Melplash Show on Thursday 23rd August 2012.
Large Flocks [301 & over head of Ewes]
1st Stephen Huxter, Broadoak
2nd Bruce Maltby, Long Barrow Farm, Kingston Russell
3rd Evershot Farms, Abbotsbury
Medium Flocks [51 – 300 head of Ewes]
1st PW Baker & Sons
2nd Beth Bright, Salway Ash
3rd Johnnie Boden, Wytherston Farm, Powerstock
Small Flocks [15 – 50 head of Ewes]
1st John Studley Windy Ridge, Hinton St George (pictured)
2nd Capt & Mrs Jones, Hogchester Farm, Charmouth
3rd Rhian Edwards, Langdon Manor Farm Beaminster