11 of us had a lovely day with Simon and Jemma Dell at the NHBG Open Day. They breed Norfolk Horns, Southdowns, Gotlands and Suffolk crosses and we can’t forget their gorgeous Golden Guernseys. Simon’s parent-in-law own 120 acres, of which 20 acres is grassland and 100 acres is arable. They have owned the land since 2010 and originally it was all arable – they have now planted over 1000 trees and various conservation areas including a beetle bank.
Thank you to you all for a lovely day and also a delicious lunch of lamb and sausages in rolls.
Please find attached details of our NHBG Open Day – to be held at the home of the Pencroft flock at Yelling, St Neots with our thanks to Simon and Jemma Dell, on Saturday, 15th July at 11am.
Download details and directions here:NHBG Open Day 2017
Please email Simon with numbers.
Please find attached the updated numbers for our breed. I have also added a bit on registering and the kinship programme. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help you with anything. (from Suzannah)
NH numbers and registering notes – download here.
Entries are now open for the 15th Traditional Native Breeds – Show and Sale – Melton Mowbray – 8th / 9th September 2017. Entries close 30th July (paper entries) and 6th August (online entries). Please remember it is our official breed sale so please enter good quality stock – it is not a cull sale. Sheep will be card graded and red and blue carded sheep will be eligible for our show on the Friday.
Download results here: Royal Norfolk Show 2017
Congratulations to David Nutt and Jim Cosby who won the Norfolk Horn championship with their ram and went on to win 4th place in the interbreed pairs with Neil and Hamish Beaton with their shearling ewe.
David and Lewis’s embryo transfer ram lamb at the Cheshire Show with Adam Henson. The lamb is sired by N7043 – Gipping Jacob (28/03/2003) (frozen semen) and its dam is N11293 – Still Oaks May (25/03/2013). David and Lewis also have a ewe lamb from the same mating. We look forward to seeing how the two lambs grow on.
Download full results here:
The Slow Food Sagra event held at Holkham Hall
Norfolk Horn hogget was on the menu at the Slow Food Anglia Sagra event held on the Holkham Estate on the 8th April 2017.
Slow Food Anglia held their first festival and Sagra at the historic Holkham Hall Estate, home of the Coke family and the Earls of Leicester located on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.
A Sagra is an Italian festival, normally dedicated to a specific local food (such as olive oil, meat, fish, pasta and other local produce), often specific to that village, town or particular area of an Italian region.
One of the aims of the Sagra is to promote and support less well known producers.
During the day, there was a market in the new Lady Elizabeth Wing, with small local producers from the East Anglia region with particular focus on Norfolk. There were also street food stands outside the main entrance in the courtyard. Producers were selected on the basis of Slow Food principles of good, clean and fair food and it was aimed to have a good range of different producers representing the whole Anglia Region.
The Norfolk Horn Breeders’ Group had a stand informing the public about the Norfolk Horn breed, it would have been more interesting to the public if there were some live sheep in a pen, to show the breed on the hoof (maybe next year?). The Norfolk Horn (along with Norfolk Saffron), is named as one of the Slow Food Anglia ongoing projects to obtain Presida Status. At present there are only four Presida granted in the UK – a Perry (an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of pears) from Herefordshire, two cheeses and the latest Presidia just granted in 2016, to the Colchester Native oyster. http://www.slowfoodanglia.org/ark-of-taste-and-presidia.php
The Presidia is run by the Slow Food Foundation of Biodiversity, it is a project designed to sustain quality produce at risk of extinction, protect unique regions and ecosystems, help recover traditional methods of food production and also safeguard local animal breeds and plant varieties.
We purchased some cheese from ‘Mrs Temple’s Cheese’, some wonderful bread (see photo below), shared a huge sausage roll for lunch and finished with some very nice ice-cream from The Hunstanton Ice Cream Company. There were also other stalls selling honey, wild boar products, chutneys, fudge etc and a cake stall selling speciality cakes.
In the evening a group of 16 of us attended a four course Italian Sagra Style dinner featuring lots of the producers that attended the market earlier in the day and many of the Slow Food Ark of Taste products for the East Anglia Region. Approximately 150 tickets were sold.
The menu was prepared by Chef Mark Matless who recently joined the Slow Food Chef Alliance and became the first Slow Food Chef Alliance member for the Anglia region. His catering company, Bite the Bullit from Norwich, has been a supporter and member of the Slow Food Anglia Approved Business Scheme for several years. Mark prepared a menu specifically dedicated to products from the Anglian region, including Norfolk Horn hogget from the Belsar flock from Cambridgeshire and other produce from small local East Anglian producers.
The food was served on wooden boards, brought to our tables. We could help ourselves to as much as we wanted and we ate it off palm leaf plates. It was amazing and we had great fun trying to match the food to the menu! The Norfolk Horn hogget was served as the main course and was delicious (luckily for our Chairman, Ted and his wife Sarah, who were amongst our group).
Slow Food Anglia hope to hold a similar event again next year, so please come and join us, as I am sure we will all want to go again.