A full list of the societies rules and regulations can be found within the constitution (available on request from the secretary) but here is a brief overview of the important ones relating to the sheep!
1) THE FLOCK BOOK
The purpose of the flock book is to record and register the pedigrees of male and female DSS owned by members of the DSS(UK).
A certificate of registration will be issued to the new owner for each animal accepted.
All forms and certificates issued and received by, or on behalf of, the association shall remain the property of the association Registration fees will be decided by the charity trustees.
The following will be admitted to the Flock Book:
The registration grade of the sheep will be at the full discretion of DSS(UK) trustees.
a) DSS sired by a fully registered DSS ram out a fully registered DSS ewe and has been bred by a fully registered member of DSS(UK), the CIO.
b) DSS with a pedigree certificate and/or pedigree history from the Nederlands Bonte Schaap (NLBS) or other similar organisation in the country of origin and after inspection by the charity trustees.
c) DSS ‘Grade 0’ males and females after inspection by the charity trustees.
d) For an imported animal, its parents as a minimum must be recorded by a bona-fide Dutch Spotted Sheep breeder and member of
the NLBS (Nederlands Bonte
Schaap) or association in their country of origin. (This may be more than 1 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) 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 at the trustees discretion.
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b) If an application for registration is refused or withdrawn, the owner of the said sheep shall have the right of appeal to the charity
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.
2) GRADING UP REGISTER
DSS(UK) will maintain a grading up register to record the grading of females. A certificate of registration will be issued along with a grade number and percentage for every female entered into the plan. See appendix for further details on grading up.
a) Grades of DSS are defined as follows:
Grade 0 – over 96.875% DSS genes
Grade 1 – over 93.75% DSS genes
Grade 2 – over 87.5% DSS genes
Grade 3 – over 75% DSS genes
Grade 4 – 50% DSS genes
The grade and percentage will be shown on the registration certificate.
b) DSS(UK) may, at its discretion, upgrade to 100% those female Grade 0 DSS with over 96.875% DSS genes into the “Pure” flock book.
c) All percentage female DSS are eligible for registration within the register.
d) Only Male DSS that are 96.875% or over (grade “0”) are eligible for registration and at the discretion of DSS(UK), upgrade to
and entry into the “Pure” flock book.
e) On acceptance of a registration by DSS(UK), owners will be issued with a pedigree certificate for each DSS showing its
and indicating the grade and percentage.
f) All forms and certificates issued and received by, or on behalf of, DSS(UK) shall remain the property of the DSS(UK).
g) All Grade 0 DSS will be subject to inspection by a charity trustee of DSS(UK) on a random basis. If any sheep
is found not to conform to
the relevant breed standard on inspection its registration may be changed or withdrawn.
h) For an imported animal, its parents as a minimum must be recorded by a bona-fide Dutch Spotted Sheep breeder and member
NLBS (Nederlands Bontet Schaap) or association in their country of origin. (This may be more than 1 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.
i) 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.
j) The registration grade of the sheep will be at the full discretion of DSS(UK) charity trustees.
k) If an application for registration is refused or withdrawn, the owner of the said sheep shall have the right of appeal to the
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.
3) REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION OF DSS
a) Registrations may only be made by a fully paid up member of the CIO with a registered prefix.
b) Applications should be made by the breeder – that is the owner of the dam at the time of the birth – of the animals to be registered.
c) Where this is not possible the CIO may at its discretion accept an application from an owner other than the breeder so long as the
is a fully paid member or the CIO. In such cases the owners prefix shall be used as a suffix and additional charges may be necessary.
d) No two flocks will be allowed to register the same prefix, (so check with the secretary that your chosen prefix is available).
e) Registration applications shall be made on the appropriate form obtainable from the secretary
f) Registered sheep should comply with the breed standards.
g) All forms and certificates issued and received by, or on behalf of, the CIO shall remain the property of the CIO.
h) All registered sheep may be subject to inspection by a charity trustee of the CIO on a random basis. If any sheep is found not
to the relevant breed standard on inspection its registration may be withdrawn.
i) For an imported animal, its parents as a minimum must be recorded by a bona-fide Dutch Spotted Sheep breeder and/or
member of the
NLBS (Nederlands Bonte Schaap) or association in their country of origin. (This may be more than 1 country). If the said paperwork
carries the correct information, and is from a recognised breeder, the sheep shall be eligible for registration only after inspection by
the CIO charity trustees and the GDPR consent has been granted or otherwise from the breeder. Registration is subject to the correct fee.
Imported animals registered into the DSS UK flock book will have “(Import)” and the year of importation marked on their registration card
and alongside their entry in the flock book.
j) 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 trustees to inspect the animal and advise the remaining trustees. Any decision then made by the committee will
k) Registration fees:
MALES £20 and FEMALES – £6. Registration fees are doubled for lambs not registered within one year of birth.
IMPORTED SHEEP £80 for males and females of any age.
Transfer of ownership £3.
These sums are payable to Dutch Spotted Sheep UK at the time of application.
l) Prefix Registration included in the joining fee – £50.
m) Registrations to be included in the current year flock book to be received before 31st December of that year.
n) Pedigree certificates - Certificates should be preserved and if the sheep named thereon is sold the card must be returned to
accompanied by a transfer form completed by the seller and the appropriate fee. No alteration should be made to the card other than by
the CIO. The registration card for any registered dead animals must be returned to the secretary.
o) Both MV & Non MV sheep may be registered
p) Lambs should not be submitted for registration under the following circumstances:-
Abnormalities including but not restricted to:
i) Over/Under shot jaws
ii) Twisted feet
iii) Poor conformation
iv) Blindness, blue, china or wall eyes, either total or partial.
v) Sexual defects - i.e. rams without two sufficiently developed testicles apparent in a
As from 2020 all Pedigree and Graded sheep must be tagged using our standardised society tags available from Caisley.
Sheep put forward for registration must be uniquely identifiable as per the CIO guidelines and by a method decided by DEFRA.
a) Electronic Identification or EID - All DSS will need to carry double ID tags, one of which must be electronic and must be the
colour for your region. The UK number and individual ID are recorded on the chip and also printed on the tag. The secondary tag should
be a different colour for each year. The secondary tag will show the UK number and individual ID but will also contain management
information, e.g. Flock number, logo and year letter. All stock destined for breeding must be identified in this way and any animal that is
kept longer than one year of age. It is not necessary to buy the equipment that reads the electronic tags. Missing and replacement tags
can be replaced with an identical tag. If still on the holding of birth it will be acceptable to replace both tags with new ones and to record
this in the holding register. If the animal loses both tags and cannot be identified, or if it is not on the holding of birth, the replacement
tags must be red. (It is worth checking DEFRA rules on identification on a regular basis)
b) Naming of Males is Compulsory.
c) Rams can only be given a name if there is a Flock Name registered with the CIO.
d) Rams can only have the Flock name of the “Breeding” Flock.
e) Pedigree certificates will not be changed retrospectively i.e. the Rams name will only appear on Pedigree certificates printed
date of naming.
f) A rams name, which cannot consist of more than 21 characters including the Flock name, must start with the Year Letter.
g) Ram names cannot be used more than once within a Flock.
h) Ram names will not be issued by the CIO if thought to be inappropriate.
i) The naming of females is optional at the discretion of the breeder and by following the above rules 10 c) – h)
j) Flocks will also be issued with a DSS number, e.g. 0001, 0002, 0003, etc. by the CIO.
k) The CIO requires all registered sheep to be tagged with a Year Letter, Individual unique Number and CIO Flock Number and logo
by Caisley. All sheep must be tagged before an application is made for registration. Members should check with DEFRA, or their
equivalent Government organisation, that they also comply with current government tagging regulations. The annual year letter is:
2017=A, 2018=B, 2019=C, 2020=D, 2021=E etc.
l) All sheep to be tagged with EID in the left ear (as viewed from behind) and second tag in right ear in accordance with
m) In the event of any sheep losing its tag it must be re-tagged with the original number.
5) SHOWS AND SALES
a) Trimming is freestyle but the use of artificial colouring, paint, sprays, chalk, etc. are not permitted.
b) Any members attempting to produce a more permanent change to the appearance of a sheep may be barred from membership
c) Members exhibiting at shows must obey the rules of the Show Society and DSS(UK) rules.
d) Both MV and Non MV sheep may be shown in their appropriate classes as per the show society rules.
e) Only sheep of compliance with the DSS(UK) breed standard may be shown or presented for DSS(UK) sales.
f) All sheep forward at Breed Sales must be registered with the DSS(UK) six weeks prior to sale.
g) All sheep forward will be the property of members of DSS(UK). If the governing body of the sale accepts sheep from
shall be sold at the end of DSS(UK)s Members’ run in their appropriate ring.
h) Excessive entries at sales: Charity trustees reserves the right to govern the number of entries at Breed Sales (by means of
on the percentage of registered stock within the seller’s flock). This will be adequately described in the appropriate Sale Schedule.
i) Substitute entries must be notified no later than 7 days before the sale unless the appropriate Sale Schedule gives a different time limit.
j) All entries to be made available for inspection at the sale: sheep which, in the opinion of the Breed Inspectors, fail
to meet the breed
standards for characteristics and conformation or are unhealthy or injured will be excluded from the sale. No refund of entry fees will be
made for sheep excluded from the Sale. Sheep which have been excluded shall be returned to their transport forthwith and not further
exhibited for sale.
k) Charity trustees may set minimum reserve (upset) prices for sale entries.
l) At the Championship line-ups the sheep that were placed second to the Champions in their classes should be brought
judging of the Reserve Champion takes place.
m) Should the champion in any class not meet its reserve and therefore not be sold it will not be permitted to enter the show
classes at other
Official Breed Sales in the same calendar year if shown by the same vendor.
n) Only rosettes awarded at the relevant sale can be on display.
o) Rams and Ram Lambs:
All rams, including ram lambs, are warranted by the seller to be capable of natural and effective service within
100 days of the Sale. If at
the expiration of the warranty period a ram is proven incapable of natural and effective service and within 14 days of the expiration of the
warranty period a Veterinary Certificate is lodged with the Official Auctioneers confirming:
i) The ram is incapable of performing a natural effective service; and
ii) The Veterinary Surgeon has inspected the Purchaser’s ewes and found them to be in normal,
responsible breeding condition; then the
Purchaser may return the animal to the Seller and be fully reimbursed.
p) In-Lamb Ewe Sales:
All rams specified as being the ‘sire of’ or ‘having run with the ewe’ must be registered with the DSS in order
for the progeny to be
registered. Ewes running with unregistered rams shall be excluded from the sale.
q) “Trotting up prices” is not permitted, members risk removal if found to be doing this.
r) Showing sheep not for sale is not permitted – realistic reserve prices must be set.
s) Any interference with natural tooth growth is not permitted.
All adult sheep for showing to be shorn between 1st January to the date of the show at which they are to be shown.
7) LAMBING CALENDAR
Lambs must be born after 1st February of the current year. The following breeding methods will be reviewed by the membership in the preceeding years.
8) RULES REGARDING ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION
a) All processes connected with AI to be performed by qualified persons and to be completed in accordance with current legislation.
b) Any males used for artificial insemination shall be registered with DSS(UK).
c) Pedigree certificate of service is to accompany the registration forms for lambs born by this method.
d) Lambs born by this method will have AI marked on their registration card and alongside their entry in the flock book.
e) DSS(UK) reserves the right to reject an application to register lambs born by artificial insemination.
9) RULES REGARDING EMBRYO TRANSPLANT
a) All processes connected with embryo transplant (ET) to be performed by qualified persons and to be completed in accordance
b) All donors and sires shall be registered with the DSS(UK) prior to entering an embryo transplant program.
c) The ET technician is to provide a signed and dated certificate of implantation to the owner of the recipient ewe with ET
upon it. Details must include those of the recipient ewe and the number and parentage of the embryos implanted, and the contact details
d) Certificate of implantation is to accompany the registration forms for lambs born by this method.
e) Lambs born by this method will have ET marked on their registration card and alongside their entry in the flock book.
g) DSS(UK) reserves the right to reject an application.
10) RULES REGARDING THE IMPORT OF FROZEN EMBRYOS AND SEMEN
a) All rules regarding AI and ET above must be complied with.
b) Donor ewes must be registered with an appropriate breed society. (It is advised that an importer of DSS embryos or semen
confirmation of the ability to register any resulting offspring with the secretary prior to the importation.)
c) Any members making an application to register offspring from imported frozen embryos or semen shall provide a copy
to DSS(UK) of all
information relating to the donor animals. The pedigree must include at least parents and grandparents as per an imported live animal.
d) DSS(UK) reserves the right to reject an application.
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