A booklet setting out the Society Bye Laws will be included in the Autumn Returns mailing in October. Detailed below are a number of amendments and additions from 2017. The Society Bye Laws are detailed on the Website located under Society.
NEW) 4.7 The charges or subscriptions for membership, along with any other fees or charges or monies owed to the Society must be paid by direct debit.
(NEW) 5.9.7 The registration of rams that have been excluded from Society sales for incorrect mouths shall not be permitted.
(AMENDED)14.1 The number of Branch representatives on Council will be as follows: Northern Ireland 2 (increased from 1)
(AMENDED) 16.6 Members shall only have a dispersal sale as part of a Society Sale at the discretion of their branch.
(AMENDED) 16.7 Members shall only have a flock reduction as part of a Society Sale at the discretion of their branch.
(AMENDED) 16.13.3 Before arrival at the sale ground all sheep must be fleece marked in red paint with the correct catalogue number and substitutes must be marked with a red dot after the catalogue number. Alternatively, a suitable yellow label must be attached with the correct catalogue number clearly marked and substitutes must use a red label.
(AMENDED) 16.15 Each sheep shall be inspected by Inspectors (acting as experts and not arbitrators) and veterinary surgeons (acting as experts and not arbitrators) appointed by the National Sale Committee or the Branch Committee (as the case may be). The Inspectors and the veterinary surgeons shall approve only sheep which they consider likely to produce lambs worthy of the breed. The Inspectors will, without limitation, inspect for clear and correct earmarking, conformation and lack of excessive black wool. The veterinary surgeons will, without limitation, inspect for correct mouths and, in the case of rams, testes. The scrotum must be of a normal size and structure with no more than 25% difference in the size of the testes. The scrotum must be of a normal size and structure with no more than 25% difference in the size of the testes. Normal size for shearling rams is 35cm circumference and for ram lambs 30cm circumference. Any sheep which is not approved by the Inspectors and/or veterinary surgeons shall not be offered for sale through the ring at that Society sale and shall not be entered at any other Society sale. The decisions of the Inspectors and veterinary surgeons on all such matters are and shall be final and binding, and (in the absence of bad faith) without any responsibility or liability on their part.
(AMENDED) 17.6 If the ram is deemed incapable of natural and effective service during 90 days from date of purchase, the buyer may by 31st October of the year of the Sale return the animal to the seller and thereupon the seller shall repay to the buyer the whole of the purchase price and the cost of transport of the animal from the buyer’s premises to the seller’s premises and the veterinary surgeon testing fees incurred by the buyer.