Last September at the Masham sheep, we were lucky enough to meet two breeders, both passionate about their Poll Dorsets and who introduced us to the Dorset Breeders Association, one was Sheila, and the other was David, who was talking to Sheila at the time while I hovered about wanting to discuss tups, both were keen to let us know that there was a "Northern" branch of the Society and that we might like to consider joining..... We didn't take them up at the time as we has so much going on, but when Alec and Ann came to visit they also had some very sad new... Unfortunately David had recently passed away, but his daughter Claire was taking over his flock.
Now when a tup has been in the flock for some time, they start to be related to most the females and periodically need to be changed, this was the case for Clare's tup, a slightly older boy, but who in his day had won prizes and had also sired some extremely good offspring..... he needed a new home... Nigel and I discussed his circumstances, and decided that we could probably do with a back up tup, and so called to see if this would be acceptable......... the answer was yes... so we hitched up the little trailer and went to meet Claire and her family and to collect "Richill, No Limits"....... who is now known (with Claire's approval) as "Norman"
We brought him home and called in at Brian's field, as he was clipping.. Norman was still fully clothed and was rather warm so he was soon relieved off his fleece..... had a quick solution of fly strike to make him safe, and then was unleashed on our already tupped Dorset girls, just in case any one had gone over... He has settled in with us really well, and is happy to eat nuts by hand every day and is clearly a very laid back gent....... We love him and hope he will be with us for many years come! Thanks very much Claire, he'll be treated like the v.i.p he is!
............ oh the blue mark on his head is just foot rot spray..... as he decided to squeeze past a gate and over a wall to meet Dudley and Vincent.... by the time we got there, he clearly had them bossed!