Dutch Spotted Sheep UK
Dutch Spotted Sheep UK

Address:

Dutch Spotted
     Sheep UK 
 

Springfield  

Lockerbie  

DG11 1RW  

Contact:

Secretary

Pam Parker

Tel: 07712577337

Email: office@

dutchspottedsheep.co.uk

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Rules

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.

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 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) 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

 

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b) If an application for registration is refused or withdrawn, the owner of the said sheep shall have the right of appeal to the charity trustees, which will appoint three charity trustees to inspect the animal again and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.

 

 

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 100% DSS 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 registered number 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 of the 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 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.

 

3) REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION OF DSS

a) Registrations may only be made by a fully paid up member of DSS(UK) 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 DSS(UK) may at its discretion accept an application from an owner other than the breeder. In such cases the owners prefix shall be used as a suffix.

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, DSS(UK) shall remain the property of the DSS(UK).

h) All registered sheep may 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 withdrawn.

i) 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 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 is from a recognised breeder, the sheep shall be eligible for registration only after inspection by DSS(UK) charity trustees and 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 be final.

k) Registration fees: MALES £20 and FEMALES – £6. Registration fees are doubled for lambs not registered within one year of birth, except imported sheep which can be registered for the normal fees at 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 initial joining fee is £50 - Annual membership £25.

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 DSS(UK), accompanied by a transfer form completed by the seller and the appropriate fee. No Alteration should be made to the card other than by DSS(UK). 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 single scrotum.

vi) Docked Tail

 

4) IDENTIFICATION 

Sheep put forward for registration must be uniquely identifiable as per DSS(UK) guidelines and by a method decided by DEFRA. (Please see diagram below to be used as a template)

a) Electronic Identification or EID - All DSS will need to carry double ID tags, one of which must be electronic and must be the appropriate 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 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 from your supplier. 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 DSS(UK).

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 after the 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 DSS(UK) 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 DSS(UK).

k) DSS(UK) requires registered sheep to be tagged with a Year Letter, Individual unique Number and DSS(UK) Flock Number. 

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 Government legislation.

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 of DSS(UK).

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 non-members they 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 reduction based 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 forward when 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.

 

6) SHEARING

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 are authorised ONLY for a limited period. They will be reviewed and voted upon by the society trustees before the 2018 breeding season commences.

 

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 with current legislation.

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 clearly marked upon it. Details must include those of the recipient ewe and the number and parentage of the embryos implanted, and the contact details of technician.

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 seeks 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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