New Members

If you are thinking of purchasing Shropshire Sheep for the first time then we are all here to help you, if you need it. Please read the Purchasers Guide for more information or for a more in depth guide then read the Getting started with Shropshire Sheep booklet.

Please remember that only Pedigree Registered Shropshire Sheep can breed Pedigree Shropshire Sheep; we no longer have a Grading up Register and we do not have departments or representatives in other countries in Europe, although there are a few breeders with UK bred Shropshire Sheep.

For a quick guide to all the actions needed to maintain your flock’s pedigree status each year click here to see our Quick Reference Guide – it’s just two sides of A4

For further knowledge of our breed, please consult our Critical Selection Booklet.


  • Become a member of the society before or as soon as your purchase the sheep. Publications & Forms
  • To register lambs the ewe and tup must both be fully registered sheep
  • Official ear tags must be used  in the format – Side 1: unique consecutive number of each lamb born followed by the breeder’s flock designation letters and the year in which it was born; side 2: official Defra Flock Number. For example : Side 1: 001  AA 18  Side 2: UK 0301102 
  • All lambs should be birth notified (this is free of charge) by 30th June each year. 
  • Birth notified lambs can be registered at any time but must be registered before selling.
  • Animals to be sold as pedigree must be fully registered unless under 4 months of age.
  • Use the Grassroots online system (see the page on this here) to notify any births, deaths, transfers or sales. Alternatively or for any questions on this, please contact the Registrations Clerk, Gail Beattie,, (tel – 01382 350 590, mobile – 07814 183 997). 


Please consult our Shepherd’s Diary for ideas on management throughout the year.