Grassroots operate an agency service for 14 breeds. We use our software to manage the registries, membership services and book keeping from our offices in Devon. We pride ourselves on our speedy turnaround and ability to help all our farmer members regardless of how familiar they might be with computers or registration systems.
We took over both the UK alpaca registries in 2003 and helped to manage the merger to create the British Alpaca Society registry. It is now used by over 1,500 owners and breeders throughout the UK and Europe and contains the pedigree details of over 60,000 animals. We also manage the membership database, book keeping and all the administration involved in show entries, cataloguing and publication of show results.
We took over running the Jacob Sheep Society registry and membership database in 2012 and work closely with the regional representatives and the committee. This is a particularly friendly society with over 850 members and some 3,000 new registrations each year.
We have run the Combined Flock Book on behalf of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) since 2001.
It is an umbrella registry for eight very different sheep breeds, the Boreray, Castlemilk Moorit, North Ronaldsay, Manx Loagtan and Soay which are primitive, naturally coloured, short tailed breeds and the Portland, Norfolk Horn and Whitefaced Woodland which are historic ‘heath and hill’ breeds.
We work with the over 800 farmers who keep these breeds, and do a detailed annual survey of which sheep are still alive each year in addition to providing our normal registry services and breeding advice based on the ‘kinship’ or the degree of relationship between potential breeding groups.
In 2009 when the Blue Texel Sheep Society asked us to run their registry they had less than 100 members. Growing rapidly in popularity they have over 700 members today. We manage their registry, membership database and book keeping.
This very rare goat breed has been associated with company co-director Libby Henson’s family for almost 50 years. We manage their registry on a ‘charitable’ basis.
This breed was imported into the UK in 2015 from Switzerland. Grassroots established an independent registry as a service to all owners and breeders of this internationally rare breed until such time as a single Breed Society could be formed.
In 2021, the breeders came together to form a single Society and Grassroots passed responsibility for, and ownership of the registry to that Society. Grassroots continue to run the registry on their behalf.
Grassroots took on the management of the Charmoise breed registry in August 2021, with less than 20 members, but anticipate a rapid improvement in their fortunes in the UK.
Grassroots took on the management of the Exmoor Pony registry in April 2022. The Society has used the Grassroots system for over 20 years and Libby's family have bred Exmoor Ponies for the past 50 years. This is the first equine breed Grassroots have added to the agency.