Rainbow Komodo Dragon XPU 00079

18th September 2010

Rainbow Komodo Dragon takes Breed Champion at Cheshire Show 2010

Foxglove reigns Supreme

9th September 2010

Foxglove (Deva Havnbjerg 374) won the Supreme Champion Pig at Westmorland Show on 9th Sept 2010.

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Breeding and bloodlines

Back in 2002 when Andrew first thought about setting up a pedigree flock he went to the in-lamb ewe sales just to look and understand what he liked and disliked subjectively and then objectively with the Signet figures.

In 2003 four in-lamb ewes were purchased from the Foulrice Flock of Charles & Valerie Marwood and one from Mark Johnson's Pride Of Park flock.

In 2003 6 ewes from Rodney Sheard's dispersal which were all bred at Foulrice with the majority by Westonvale Jubilee and 6 ewe lams from ZGG flock which were all by a Jubilee son, Foulrice Custer were also purchased.

At the 2004 Rutland in lamb ewe sale he purchased two high-indexed in-lamb shearlings from Richard & Jane Easom's Grimston Flock and one from the Crogham Flock of Jonathan & Carol Barber and one from Mary Tulloch's Rutland flock. These last four purchases were to improve the flock's connectedness.

However, the main purchase of 2004 was Lowerye Evangelist (See picture) from the Worcester Premier Sale to become our main Stock Ram. This impressive ram lamb by Westonvale Apostle has a Scheme Index of 393 in the top 5% of ram lambs with a muscle EBV of +4.53mm - almost double the average for the breed!

Carefully selected purchases have continued over the years to build the flock up to the current number of 180 pedigree ewes. 2009 saw a big increase in numbers from retained home bred shearling ewes entering the flock and also the purchase of the Eyelid flock from Josie and Nick Horton. These ewes have fitted well into our flock and we are proud to be able to continue the work that Josie started. Sadly Josie died earlier this year, but her memory lives on in the Rainbow flock.

Our greatest achievement last year (2009) was winning Reserve Champion Flock in the Central Region Flock Competition. So far 2010's highlight has been winning breed champion at Cheshire show with Rainbow Komodo Dragon XPU00079 who will be offered for sale at this year Worcester Premier Sale on 3rd July 2010.