Entries are now open for the Worcester Show & Sale to be held on Saturday, 7th August 2021 at McCartneys' Worcester Livestock Market.

Please find below the schedule and entry forms

Worcester Sale Schedule 2021
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Worcester entry form 2021
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Entries can be submitted online or by post. Please follow the instructions given on page 3 of the schedule. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, 9th July.

Council wishes to draw members' attention to the inspection criteria outlined on page 2 of the schedule. A more rigorous inspection is being applied this year so please read the details given and assess your stock carefully before entering them for the sale.

Updated: Jun 21

Update: Monday 21st June 2021

Great news to report regarding the dispersal of the Gorse flock - Whittington Oxford Downs have bought the flock and have posted these words on their Facebook page:

"We are very excited and honoured to have been able to purchase 26 ewes/ewe lambs and the stock ram Greenlands Roland from John Brigg's (831) Gorse Flock.

We think John's stock are fantastic and we will be keeping them registered as a separate, (to our current flock on paper) closed flock as they have been for the last 50 years (although they will have a new flock number and name in due course).

We are very excited to build on John's years of hard work and dedication. As well as striving to improve the Oxford Down as a breed, we are going to be building our direct sales of breeding stock, wool and meat products over the next few years and also do our best to promote the Oxford Down as a terminal sire, by hopefully crossing our tups with some Lleyns next year and sharing the results."

Update : Monday, 07 June 2021

Thank you for your interest in our Oxford Down flock. We have received and accepted a good offer for the flock as a whole. All the females plus the stock ram will be going shortly to a young couple who have just started in the breed and are totally committed to Oxford Downs.

Several people expressed an interest in the rams. We now have available one shearling ram and two ram lambs, all by GREENLANDS ROLAND out of GORSE ewes. One of the lambs is a full brother to the shearling. For sale now on an ex-farm, first-come-first-served basis so, if interested, please give us a call to arrange a visit.

For those interested in buying females, we draw your attention to the forthcoming ODSBA official sales. The main sale at Worcester Market on 7th August, Melton Mowbray Market on 11th September and Carlisle Market on 18th September. Details, catalogues etc. in due course via ODSBA website www.oxforddownsheep.org.uk

With best wishes

John & Joshua

After 50 years of pedigree breeding, John Brigg has made the reluctant decision to offer his Gorse Flock No 831 for sale as a whole. This has been brought about by the Brigg family's recent sudden and tragic bereavement.

This sale affords buyers a unique opportunity to acquire one of the oldest flocks in the Oxford Down Flock Book. The Gorse flock was established in 1971 and played a key role in the breed's survival during the 1970s and subsequent revival in the 1980s.

The flock has enjoyed considerable success over the years in both show and sale ring and has been a major provider of both stock rams and foundation females to other registered flocks.

John has served the Association with distinction in various roles throughout this period, including Council member, Secretary and President. He is also a highly respected judge of Oxford Down sheep.

A total of 34 head is being offered in this complete sale of the flock, comprising:

15 flock ewes

2 shearling ewes

13 ewe lambs

1 stock ram

1 shearling ram

2 ram lambs

John has also placed a number of photos of the flock on his website at: http://www.bishopsgorse.com/Oxford-Down-Sheep

It is very much hoped that a buyer can be found who will keep the flock together and take it forward to develop the potential of the stock on offer. All enquiries about the flock should be made directly to John Brigg.

e-mail bishopsgorse@btconnect.com

Tel (01926) 651273

Updated: May 29

Oxford Down sired lambs can compete against other breeds very favourably as proven recently across the UK:

  • James Porter (Sundown flock) sold his first draw of Oxford and Oxford cross lambs at Norwich market averaging 43kg and £140 for the pen.

  • Andrew Rutherford (Langrigg flock) sold his first draw of pure Oxford lambs at Longtown mart to £144 for 8 lambs, averaging approximately 50kg. His second draw of pure Oxford lambs sold at £149, and the third draw were close to the top of the trade at £167, beating all Suffolk consignments and all but two of the Texel pens.

  • Ruth Steele (Weeton flock) sold three pure Oxford and Oxford cross ram lambs at Selby market averaging 46kg and making £134 per head.

  • Lisa and Scott (Connage flock) sold at Huntley Mart in Aberdeenshire: "We put some of our January 1st lambs to Huntly live auction sale on Wednesday & our prices were £146 for 56kg lambs & they were 18 weeks old".

  • Martin Johnson (Longfriday flock) sold at Melton Mowbray: Top price achieved for cull ewes was £160. Top price achieved for pure bred lambs was £146

  • John Griffiths (Montrose flock) sold at Monmouth and Oxfords achieved the highest price "Oxford Down lambs topped Monmouthire Market on May 19th. 60Kg £162.80"

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