Claire Jakeman reported that one small order for export had already been received although it is quite early in the year for orders to be placed.The weakness of the pound against the euro may help to encourage foreign buyers.
PRESIDENTS BLOG - JULY 2016 At the time of May Council Meeting for SSBA, Claire reported that one small Export order had been received.Subsequently further Society orders have been received from Holland, France, Germany and Belgium.At the end of May, I judged the sheep classes at the Essex Young Farmers Show near Chelmsford.Tricia and I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the show on one of the warmer days of the summer.Efforts continue to be made to ensure renewal of membership.
Unfortunately delays in returning paperwork cause extra work for Council members with ways of encouraging prompt renewals being discussed.
Some members have also received small private orders.
Whilst the overall figure is likely to be much lower than the last two years, the sales help the UK market with increased volume of sheep available from the growing National Flock of Shropshires.
The Melton Mowbray National Native Breeds Show and Sale is now open for entries.
Schedules can be downloaded and entries made on the web site date for paper entries is 30th July and for on line entries is the 6th August This is a breed society event.
Gillian Dixon has agreed to take over from Lorie Saffell as the Minutes Secretary and recorded the May details for us.