HSBA register Tups annually through inspection. Inspectors are drawn from members of the Executive Committee who travel to farms in Cumbria during the first two weeks of September; Tups are registered as Shearlings or older due the slow maturation of the sheep. Inspection requires that the Tups not only conform to the breed standard but also includes examination of conformation, feet, teeth, testicles and coat as Herdwicks used for breeding must be fit for purpose for a working life in the fells.
Female sheep can be approved by inspection and their details are recorded in the database. As an extensively managed hill breed pedigrees are difficult to record with certainty.
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Registration of tups:
a) Persons wishing to register Herdwick tups in the Association’s Flock Book shall (a) be Flockmaster members of the Association and (b) shall submit their tups for inspection to an officer (normally the Secretary or member of the executive committee) of the Association and at least one other member of an Inspection panel comprising not less than six people in total which shall be taken from members of the Executive Committee; (c) such inspections shall take place on member’s farms within the Lake District National Park or within ten miles from its boundary or at another place convenient to the Secretary of the Association and in that case at the expense of the member seeking registration.
b) Arrangement for registering tups at other places can be made by consulting the secretary and at the secretary’s discretion as to place and time.
Electronic identification (EID) for sheep was introduced on 31 December 2009. This requires that breeding animals have two identification tags one of which is an electronic tag. To avoid the placement of three tags in the Rams ear members can choose to electronically identify those rams put forward for registration by using a bolus. Sheep identified with a bolus only require one black identity tag. This black tag corresponds to the bolus. Thus registered Rams with a bolus, will have one black ear tag and one purple HSBA ear tag. Breeders opting for this option must ensure they have boluses with the corresponding black tag available at the time of registrations if not already in the sheep. If sheep are already tagged and the owner wants to use a bolus, existing tags can be replaced by a black ear tag to indicate the use of a bolus. This change of identification MUST be recorded in the owners flock register stating the tags previously in the sheep’s ear and the new the new tag details corresponding to the bolus.
The EIDs for registered tups are recorded by the Breed Society database.
The flock book will show: Flock number and individual identifier, HSBA tag number, Year of birth, Breeder prefix and name (optional) and the Sire in uppercase.
If a registered animal loses its EID or HSBA tag then the Breed Society must be informed and the animal will be re tagged. This should also be recorded in the owners flock register.