Last night we enjoyed our ‘October’ trip across Dartmoor to celebrate the annual Whiteface Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association dinner. Always a great event, providing the chance to socialise with other breeders, enjoy a tasty meal and learn more from interesting speakers.
This year turned out to be even more memorable when we were announced as ‘Winners’ not only of the ‘Best flock of over 50 ewes’ but also the overall ‘Flock’ winner – a big surprise and even bigger honour against such a strong competition of Dartmoor farmers, some of whom have bred Whitefaces on the Moor for generations.
Maybe it’s this ‘win’ which has influenced our seven year old son, who, until this week was only ever interested in pigs – bizarrely, he’s now keen to become the new owner of some more ewes, due to arrive next month. It seems a little bit of competition can be a healthy way of inspiring potential future farmers. For the sake of this beautiful landscape, lets hope it works!