Rare Breed Sheep Questionaire
We are proposing a few changes to how we handle our rare-breed sheep flockbooks. Please note, this currently only applies to our sheep flockbooks. There are two sections to the questionnaire, the first is if you agree to applying these regulations to all new flockbooks, the second is if you agree to apply these changes to our two current flockbooks (Soay and Jacob sheep).

Explanation of proposed changes:
Reason: We are proposing a method of registration modeled after the Rare Breed Survival Trust. We feel it is important to provide a wide base of genetic diversity in establishing flockbooks for these breeds. While it would be unconscionable to include animals that were not true to breed, it would be equally unconscionable to limit the flockbook and potentially damage the future of the breed by excluding animals unnecessarily. As many of the rare breed sheep do not currently have flockbooks or have few registered stock, we feel our current Grade/American/Purebred herdbook program for dairy goats is ill fitted to the needs of the rare breed sheep community. “Up-breeding” would be nearly impossible with the limited number of recorded animals, therefore we are recommending the implementation of a “Graduated Flockbook” for all our rare-breed sheep.

The Graduated Flockbook: All animals being transferred from a recognized registry or with ample proof of pedigree will be registered "Purebred". Animals being registered whose pedigree is unknown or whose parents are unregistered but who conform to a given breed standard would be recorded as “Foundation” in a Foundation Flockbook separate from the Purebred flockbook.

The offspring of two “Foundation” animals would be examined for conformation to breed standard to be registered as “F1”, two “F1” animals would then produce offspring recorded as “F2” if it conforms to breed standard, and so forth. If two animals of different generations were to be bred, the offspring would be registered as one generation higher than the lowest generation. For example, an “F2” bred to an “F4” would produce an “F3”. By this means, anyone purchasing an F6 animal, for example, would know that all the ancestors of that animal for the past 6 generations conformed to the breed standard. After 7 generations they would be considered “pure” as their pedigrees will have then been established as an extended line of animals that bred true to standard and would thus be eligible for registration into the Purebred flockbook. Crossing of one Purebred and one animal of any F generation would follow the same rules as the previous example. Photographs would be required for every animal, regardless of generation.

The key difference between our current system of upgrading and the proposed system is allowing upbreeding into purebred status through proof of progeny without requiring use of Purebred animals, but rather through number of generations since "Foundation" status (aka "Grade" animals).

Fiber producing breeds would be required to submit fiber samples to confirm proper lock structure.

Please keep in mind the questionnaire is divided into two parts- one in reference to the Soay and Jacob flockbooks, the second in reference to all other flockbooks. Read carefully.


please use the following link to share this survey with other IDGR-IFBR members or other breeders of rare breed sheep.

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Do you currently raise Rare Breed Sheep
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Proposed changes to Rare Breed Sheep registration (newly recorded breeds)
Please read description in email for full details- this question applies only to newly recognized breeds as incoming flockbooks.
Proposed changes to Rare Breed Sheep registration (Jacob, Soay)
Please read description in email for full details- this question applies to currently recorded breeds (Soay and Jacob) and would apply to current flockbooks
we welcome input of our members over concerns/questions regarding changes to registration processes.
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