© ODSBA
View copyright

 

REGISTRATIONS

The following is a guide for prospective breeders to the Association's registration system. The subjects covered are (click on the link to go to the relevant section):

Registering a new flock
Annual flock returns
Ram and ewe registrations
Disqualifications
Registration fees
Earmarking



NEW FLOCKS

On establishing a registered flock and applying to join the Association, prospective members must complete an Application Form with details of the stock purchased. At the same time, the Annual Subscription, an Entrance Fee and a Prefix Registration Fee are payable Prospective members are strongly advised to ensure that their foundation females have been or, in the case of lambs, will be registered with the Association and are correctly ear marked.

Back to top


ANNUAL RETURNS

Every October the Association sends the necessary forms for the registration of the year's crop of ewe lambs, the registration of any new stock rams added during the year, and the transfer of any registered ewes purchased during the year. An Annual Return Form is also sent at this time, which covers the subscription and registration fees, and a census of stock numbers. For inclusion in the year's Flock Book, returns must be received by the Flock Book Editor by 30th November. Ewe registrations received after this date are subject to higher fees. Returns and registrations are accepted until 7th January, after which they are deferred to the following year's Flock Book.

Back to top


RAM & EWE REGISTRATIONS

Only the progeny of fully registered parents may be registered as pedigree. Ewe lambs which are being retained or sold for pedigree breeding must be registered by the breeder (the owner of the dam at the date of birth) in November. To encourage the registration of ewe lambs in the year of birth, a higher registration fee is payable on shearlings and older ewes not previously registered. Rams are registered by the owner using a signed Ram Registration Form from the breeder.

When registering a ewe lamb, the Association allocates a six-digit Registered Number and issues a Pedigree Certificate. Ewes are not given registered names in the Flock Book and names should not be used in show and sale entry descriptions. Rams, however, are named, the name preceded by the Registered Prefix of the breeder (i.e. the owner of the dam at the date of birth). On registration, the Association gives the ram a five-digit Registered Number that is shown in brackets after the name e.g. Saxon Valiant (18081) and issues a Pedigree Certificate.

Back to top


REGISTRATION FEES

Entrance Fee ................................................................... £5.00
Registration of Prefix .................................................... £5.00
Annual Subscription ..................................................... £28.00
Registration of Rams ................................................... each £15.00
Registration of Ewe Lambs ........................................ each £4.00 (£6.00 after 30th Nov)
Registration of Shearling Ewes.................................. each £6.00 (£8.00 after 30th Nov)
(not already registered)
Registration of Flock Ewes........................................... each £8.00
(not already registered)
Transfer of Ewes & Ewe Lambs .................................. each £2.00 (£1.00 to new members)

Back to top


DISQUALIFICATIONS

Oxford Down sheep displaying the following characteristics shall be ineligible for registration:
- Sheep with horns fully attached and with a living core
- Sheep with a coloured fleece or significant amounts of coloured wool in the fleece (black wool due to strike or fighting excepted)
- Sheep with entropian (in-turned eyelids)
- Rams which are rigs

Back to top


EARMARKING

REGULATIONS
Each lamb born in a registered Oxford Down flock must be identified as soon as practicable after birth with two official ID ear tags, one of which must be electronic and the other non-electronic. The electronic tag must be coloured yellow and is applied to the left ear. The non-electronic tag can be any colour other than yellow, black, or red. The official ID that appears on the two tags must be identical and unique to the lamb. In addition, the Association requires that all lambs retained or sold for breeding must carry the Oxford Down ear mark, applied either as management information on at least one official ID tag, or as a third tag (which must be pre-printed or stamped, not hand-written), or as a tattoo.

OXFORD DOWN EAR MARK
The format for the Oxford Down ear mark shall be:

ODSBA Flock No. / Year Code / 5-digit Individual Lamb no.

The lamb's individual number shall be the 5-digit number from the official ID.
The Year Code is the last two digits of the year of birth (optional but recommended).

Example - 2016 born lamb in Flock No 1234
Official ID UK0654321 00789 (Flock Mark and Individual Animal Number)
Oxford Down ear mark 1234 / 16 / 00789

TAGS
Breeders may buy their preferred brand and type of tag (e.g. loop, button or flag), provided that the regulations stated above are met. Tags should be ordered direct from the manufacturer or from an agricultural merchant. Several manufacturers will print the Oxford Down ear mark as management information on their tags in addition to the official ID.

TRIPLE TAGGING & TATTOOING
If the Oxford Down ear mark is not included on the official ID tags as management information, breeders may use standard official ID tags but must apply the Oxford Down ear mark either as a third tag or a tattoo. If a third tag is used, a Ketchum Kurl-Lock No.3 or No.4 tag or a Shearwell PAT tag are suggested. Details of the tattooing system are given in the Flock Book.

YEAR CODE
Where breeders choose to include the Year Code denoting the year of birth in the Oxford Down ear mark, the Year Code to be used shall be the last two digits of the year of birth e.g. for lambs born in 2016 the Year Code = 16. December-born lambs are part of the next year's lamb crop and must be given the next year's Year Code.

RE-TAGS
Lost tags must be replaced no later than 28 days after being discovered to be missing. If a registered sheep is re-tagged with a new individual number, the owner must notify the Association. If an identical replacement tag is used or the sheep is not registered, notification is not required.

RECORD KEEPING
The official ID and Oxford Down ear mark must be recorded for each lamb alongside its sire and dam information in the breeder's lambing book.

A contact list for ear tag suppliers in the UK can be found by clicking here: Ear tag suppliers

Back to top