Flock Focus May 2015


Mundy Meatloaf (JMM M028) sold privately to Percy Tait’s Knighton Flock

The Munday flock (JMM) from Jeremy Metianu and Sally Aspital of Ashford, Kent was established in the autumn of 1989 with the purchase, at Banbury, of 2 ewe lambs, 1 from the Grahams flock and the other from the Raglan flock, and a Peasley ram lamb. These were soon followed by 3 imported ewes bought in lamb at Gloucester and Banbury

Further females were purchased in the following years, including several from Pen-y-parc and Straiton flocks with the objectives being to have a ‘type’ with good legs, tight skins, clean heads and good all round conformation. The female flock has been closed since 1996, with the exception of 2 ewe lambs purchased privately from Terry and Jenny Prentice when they dispersed their Woolney flock in 2008.

After using a variety of rams, including AI from the well-known ‘Ecosse,’ a ram lamb was purchased in 1997 from France, after a visit to the farm of M Pianetti. He was the son of that year’s Paris Show Champion who was bred by M Talon and then purchased and subsequently shown by M Pianetti. The ram lamb was used in the Munday flock in the autumn of 1997. 1999 saw the purchase of Magherbeg Understudy and these two rams were the last rams to be purchased until 2014 when Bennachie Parker was bought at Carlisle. In the intervening years we have visited French AI stations and selected rams, importing and using frozen semen as well as using their progeny. The most influential of these has been the Talon ram 79017690 050050 who consistently breeds our ‘type’ of rouge.

We attended both the Royal and Royal Welsh until the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak and the notable success of the flock was winning the Male Champion and Reserve Female Champion at the Royal Welsh in 2000. Since that time we have restricted ourselves to relatively ‘local’ shows, the Kent Show, the Royal Norfolk and the Suffolk Show, winning the Continental Any Other Breed Champion at all three. We have recently won the Interbreed Group of Three Champion at the Kent Show and came 2nd in the Interbreed Pairs Competition at the Norfolk show.