News & Events


 2017 AGM update 

Nominations for the Chairman* and Committee members are invited. These should be sent to the Secretary, Suzanne Meikle at the undernoted address/email no later than Wednesday 9th August

Nominations should be signed by the candidate, proposer and seconder (all being Full Members) and accompanied by a short statement from the candidate

9 Bowling Green Road
West Lothian
EH29 9BG

Email: secretary[at]

*please note only serving or former Committee members may be appointed as Chairman subject to clause 5.1 of the constitution


Members resolutions 

Any member resolutions for the AGM should be proposed & seconded and submitted together with supporting information to the Secretary at the following address/email no later than Wednesday 9th August

9 Bowling Green Road
West Lothian
EH29 9BG

Email: secretary[at]




AGM and National Show & Sale 2017

The AGM will be on 20th September at 6pm (time tbc) in North Pehterton Bowling Club, Bridgewater Road, North Petherton TA6  6PR

Click HERE for details of the National Show & Sale



Interim Chairman Appointed

18 September 2016

Under Section 5.1 of the Constitution the Committee are pleased to confirm they have appointed Andy Harwood as Interim Chair.

Andy will serve until the conclusion of the next AGM.

We thank Andy very much for his support and look forward to working with him.



Constitution Update

At the Committee Meeting, Sunday 8th November 2015, your committee agreed unanimously to carry out an update/review of our constitution.

We want to start this process by asking members to make comment and express views on the current constitution. The constitution along with the appendices can be found on the website, or you may contact any member of committee for a paper copy.

Please forward your comments by 31st December 2015, by e-mail or letter to Tony Bennett (details inside front cover of newsletter) who is collating these comments on behalf of committee.



Champion of Champions

Many congratulations to Philip Cowen and his stunning moorit gimmer Wadley Ivy in winning the 2015 Champion of Champions


and to Suzanne Meikle for taking the reserve with another lovely moorit ewe Brae Xaria




Wool Group

The Committee has appointed a Group to be responsible for all matters
relating to Wool within our Society.

Find out more HERE.



Royal Bath & West 2015

Congratulations to Edna Thomas and David Humphreys who's shearling ewe won the Shetland Championship as well as the Interbreeds Wool on the Hoof Championship and Interbreeds Reserve Champion.
Tracey Chapman's shearling ram was Shetland Reserve Champion.
Full results in the next newsletter.





In addition to the excellent On-Line Flock Book a paper copy version is printed annually in January.  Each Volume contains the details of all Shetland sheep registered during the year, together with rams inspected and approved; also included are some interesting statistics on the SSS Flock in general. The Flock Book costs £12 inc.p&p and is only available to members by ordering a copy (before November 30th) from the Registrations Secretary via the Registrations Application Form



Calling All Trophy Holders!

Do have any trophies that have been awarded to Shetland Sheep?

The Committee is building a catalogue of all trophies, wherever they are awarded

and needs your help.

If you have a trophy, even if it is not current, and whoever awarded it to you,
please would you photograph it and send details to
Gilbert Meikle at or

Thank you



Constitution Change

Further to the resolution passed at the 2014 AGM the constitution has been updated to reflect that the number of inspectors for ram approval has changed from three to two. See constitution Appendix B HERE.



Judges & Inspectors Panel


The Judges and Inspectors  Panel is always looking for more members to become Trainees, so if you would like to become one please either send me a request by email to or by letter to my address in the front of this Newsletter.

 Or contact any of the other members of the Panel who are Tony Bennett, Mary Gibbings or Philip Cowan. 

Judges and Inspectors Panel

There is a vacancy on the Panel which is to be filled in the near future.  On this occasion the Committee wishes this to be by either a Judge, an Inspector or a Trainee.  If anyone is interested please get in contact with any of the above.

Gilbert Meikle
Chairman SSS Judges and Inspectors Panel



Shetland Fleece wins Supreme Champion at NSA Sheep 2014

Congratulations to Lynne & David White who continued their successful year by winning the Supreme Champion fleece at the NSA Sheep 2014 event held at Malvern Three Counties showground on 30 July 2014.

The winning fleece was from a light grey gulmoget gimmer and judged by Steven Spencer from the wool board. He said the coloured section was the strongest of the seven sections and put forward a coloured fleece as Reserve Supreme Champion as well.




Shetland Success at Herts County Show

On Saturday 24 May, Ashby Finch, bred by Lynne & David White, was Interbreed Champion and Drumoak ewe lamb (no name yet, bred by Cameron Wainwright) was reserve Interbreed, with Mr Pennington judging.  Very large classes as well.  
And in the Primitive Championship on Sunday, Ashby Frankie was primitive champion.  Jenny Arnold judging, and again, large classes.

Well done to all concerned, a great result for the Shetland breed and the breeders!



2013 Flock Competition Winners

Joan Brunton & Wull Bryce being presented with the John Holmes Trophies by Chairman Alastair Wilson at this years Fife Show.

LARGE Flock - Joan Brunton (118) / Andy & Maxine Harwood (58) / Sue Tyson & R Simpson (54)

SMALL Flock - Wull Bryce (59) / Arbuckle & Meikle (51) / D Humphries & E Thomas (46)

Well done!
Here's to a successful 2014 to all our exhibitors


Photo by Marilyn Higham


ARAMS - Animal Reporting & Movement Service

Please follow the link to the ARAMS website for more details on electronic reporting of sheep movements from 1st April 2014. The website also has editable pdf movement documents for you to print off and report your movement (ARAMS-1) as the current AML1 is obsolete from 1st April 2014.



Shetland Sheep Society on Facebook

November 2013: The Shetland Sheep Society now has a Facebook page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook in order to view the page and benefit from the information posted there. However, if you wish to contribute to the various discussions then you will need to sign-up for a Facebook account - it's quick and easy to do.

Find us here:

If you have any questions about joining Facebook or using the Society's site please contact Lynn Collison or Suzanne Meikle.



Worming Advice

2 Aug 2013:  It's that time of year when you're probably thinking about worming your sheep. Click on the link below for the latest worming advice, including the different types of wormers, how to use them to best effect and avoid resistance build up:

SCOPS: anthelmintics - getting it right

Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the pdf document.



New Website Launch

On the 3 December 2012 the new Shetland Sheep Society website was launched. Please let us know what you think of the new site and any improvements you think we could make.