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Kelsey Trophy goes to Bridgehaugh flock

The Kelsey trophy is awarded each to year to a Hampshire Down breeder who has made the great genetic gain within the past 12 months. In order to be eligible for the Kelsey Trophy breeders must have been performance recording for three or more years and register more than 20 lambs per year.

This year it has been awarded to the Bridgehaugh flock, the flock has an impressive Terminal Sire index flock average of 287, putting the lambs within the top 5% of the breed. The flock was formed in 2018 and is based in Earlston in the Scottish Borders and can often be seen selling tups at Kelso. 


Pictured is Graylen Officer who was the highest index ram in the breed at the premier sale in 2021 and was purchased by David for 4,600gns.


Other flocks who achieved significant rates of gain this year:

  2021   2022    
  Number of Lambs Average T. S. Index Number of Lambs Average T. S. Index TSI Gain
D28 (Bridgehaugh) 33 225 38 287 62
C32 (Lawshall) 32 163 32 221 58
C57 Claredon) 12 103 26 155 53
80X (Thorbeck) 39 253 38 298 45



About the author

Laura Eyles

Laura Eyles

Laura has joined the Signet team as a breeding specialist, she comes from an agricultural background having grown up on a sheep farm in Cornwall, where they keep commercial ewes and run a small flock of pedigree Charollais sheep.

Laura has a strong interest in animal breeding and genetics having studied Animal Science (BSc Hons) at Harper Adams University. During her time at Harper, she spent an industrial placement in Cumbria working for a sheep breeding company and some of our clients may recognise her from this role. Since graduating she has worked for a large cattle breeding company before joining us at Signet to lead on a number of Signet’s sheep breeding projects.