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All imported sheep from any country outside the UK must be inspected prior to registration within DSS(UK)
For all imported animals, as a minimum, its parents must be recorded by a bona-fide Dutch Spotted Sheep breeder and member of the NLBS (Nederlands Bontet Schaap) or association in their country of origin. (This may be more than one country). If the said paperwork carries the correct information, and the sheep is from a recognised breeder, the sheep shall be eligible for registration only after inspection by the DSS(UK)’s charity trustees. If the said paperwork doesn’t carry all the correct information, the sheep may only be eligible (after inspection) for registration at 75% or grade 3.
The following will be discussed with the trustees:
a) Where no paper work or pedigree exists and the breeder is not a member of the NLBS (Nederlands Bontet Schaap) or association in their country of origin – then the animal will be registered as 50% or grade 4.
b) If an application for registration is refused or withdrawn, the owner of the said sheep shall have the right of appeal to the charity trustees, which will appoint three charity trustees to inspect the animal again and advise the remaining charity trustees. Any decision then made by the charity trustees will be final.
For each individual sheep the following 5 criteria must be submitted to the secretary either in video or photograph format, along with the appropriate DSS(UK) import paperwork (which can be downloaded from our download page or requested from the secretary). The breeders details and a copy of the original import certificate must accompany this paperwork. This will then be distributed to all trustees for discussion before registration is approved with DSS(UK).
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Where video or photographs cannot be taken by the owner, an inspection by DSS(UK) trustees can be arranged to submit the video/photos on the owners behalf. In this case the inspector(s) will be nominated by the trustees to attend at an arranged time and venue. This will incur a nominal fee per sheep and mileage fee payable to DSS(UK) prior to the inspection.