Tracing the Breeding
This Article was written for the Jacob Journal
FROM 1976 TO 2007 ……….TRACING THE BREEDING.
As part of the displays at the open day hosted by
Margie and Mark Rushbrooke for the JSS AGM weekend at Stourport on
Severn were two 2007 born lambs that related back to Margie and Mark’s
first ever Jacob lamb, 31 years earlier. We have reproduced here the
details of the breeding from 1976 to 2007 with some of Margie’s
notes on the sheep involved.
1976 707 J 2 Perrymill Asia (2 Horn)
707 J 2 was one of the original 4 ewe lambs we bought at the Jacob
Sale in Bishops Castle in July 1976. The very first sheep we ever
purchased for the princely sum of £12.50 each and came from
Mr. Hughes of Anglesey. We named them Persia, Asia, Lydia and Cornelia
(because she had 5 horns). There was no flock book then and when it
was introduced for the first time we all had to give numbers to the
ewes we wanted to register. Thus although Asia was bred by Mr. Hughes
she was given the Perrymill 707 prefix.
1979 707 J 2 Perrymill Asia
215 J 151 Leo (4 Horn)
Leo was bought as a lamb from Col. Scott from Bourton on the Hill
when Ken Cartwright was working as Col. Scott’s shepherd. Leo
was sired by “Knep” Champion Jacob at The Bath and west
Show in 1973.
1980 Leo and Asia produced 707 J 32 Perrymill
Orestes (2 Horn)
Orestes won First Prize at Kington Show as a ram lamb in 1980 and
was then sold to Mrs. Sellar for her Lanhill Flock, 814, at Chippenham.
We think that Orestes may have been used by other flocks including
the Knowlton flock of John and Anna Milner.
1982 Orestes was mated with a Lanhill ewe (presumably 4 horn).
1983 This combination produced 814 J 231
a 4 Horn female.
814 J 231 was bought by Margie at the Jacob Sale in Reading as a ewe
lamb in 1983. She couldn’t resist the chance to buy back a link
to one of our original 4 ewes. We, not surprisingly, called her Lanhill
1986 814 J 231 Lanhill Asia mated with Perrymill
Stavros 707 J 57 (4 Horn)
Stavros was the son of Llangybi Prince (4 Horn) out of a Teifi (polled)
ewe but had his father’s strong 4 horns. We bought Prince from
Myrdin and Betty Griffiths after a memorable trip to Wales where we
saw some great sheep and were treated to wonderful hospitality by
a lovely couple. The Teifi ewe we bought from Tommy Richards. He later
bought a ram lamb of ours that won first prize at the Royal Show and
in 1985 he went on to show him at the Royal Welsh Show and win the
1987 Stavros and Lanhill Asia produced 707
J 150 (4 Horn triplet)
707 J 150, called Perrymill Asia 2, stayed in the flock for many years
and in 1992 produced Perrymill Romulus and Perrymill Remus who were
placed first and second as ram lambs at the 1992 Stafford Show and
Sale. Romulus was made overall Champion.
1990 707 J 150 Perrymill Asia 2 mated with
707J164 Perrymill Prospect (4 Horn)
Prospect’s breeding went back to Solway Geordie bought from
Ella Maxwell and also to Perrymill Stavros. In 1991 Prospect sired
Perrymill Sebastian who was first prize Ram Lamb at the Royal Show
that year and was later bought by Peter Rudd at the Edinburgh Jacob
1991 Perrymill Asia 2 and Prospect produced
707 J 220 Perrymill Alice (4 Horn)
Perrymill Alice in turn produced Perrymill Fiona in 1995 and in 1996
as a shearling, Perrymill Fiona won the Female Championship at the
Royal Show but was pipped to the Overall Championship by shearling
ram Perrymill Benson.
1995 Perrymill Alice mated with 707 J 214
Perrymill Monty (4 Horn)
Monty was one of our real favorites and always a real Gentleman. He
was sired by Pencaedu Hirbie out of a Perrymill Stavros ewe. Monty
went on to work for Lyn Jones, for Jean Blacknell and then for David
Sizer and was still siring lambs in the Flock Book aged 11 years!
Margie bought 2 ewe lambs from David Sizer at the St. Boswells sale
in 2003 because they had Monty as their Grandfather on both sides
of their pedigree and they are still in our flock.
1996 Perrymill Alice and Monty produced 707
J 395 (4 Horn)
707 J 395 was 4th prize ewe lamb at the Royal Show and went on to
win the Jacob Championship at Cheshire County Show in 1997.
2002 707 J 395 mated with 707 J 624 Perrymill
Costa (4 Horn).
Perrymill Costa was a very good bodied correct ram but sadly his genotype
was Group 3 ARQ/ARQ. He had all our good breeding, “Stavros”,
“Hirbie”, “Ben”, Prospect”, “Monty”
and “Romulus” in his blood. He was bought by Chatsworth
Estates who were not concerned by his genotype for their ewes at that
stage. Later he went on to work for Stan and Beryl Taylor for their
Feckenham Flock. He was at Brettles as a shearling when the British
Wool Marketing Board wanted some promotional pictures and so featured
in their posters.
2003 707 J 395 and Costa produced 707 J 728 (4 Horn)
2004 707 J 728 mated with 4086 J 10 Raeknowes
Billy (4 Horn).
Billy was purchased from Fiona Thorburn at St. Boswells as a lamb
in 2003 when we needed completely different bloodlines and Group 1
ARR/ARR rams before we converted the Perrymill Flock to Maedi Visna
2005 707 J 728 and Billy produced 707 J 780 Perrymill Frankie
(4 Horn ram)
Frankie is still in the flock and worked well in 2006.
2006 Perrymill Frankie mated with ewe 707 J 727 (4 Horn)
2007 In March 707J727 produced a ram lamb and a ewe lamb.
Will either of these two prove as significant and rewarding as the
original Perrymill Asia 707 J 2 ?
With your own records and some help from the Society
Flock Books it is amazing what information you can discover about
the ancestry of your own sheep and it can be great fun even if sometimes
it is a bit nostalgic.