Breeds we manage on an Agency Basis

Grassroots operate an agency service for 13 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.

British Alpaca Society

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.

Jacob Sheep Society

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.

Combined Flock Book

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. 

Blue Texel Sheep Society

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 almost 500 members today.  We manage their registry, membership database and book keeping.

Bagot Goat Society

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.

Valais Blacknose Sheep

This breed was imported into the UK in 2015 from Switzerland.  We established an independent registry as a service to all owners and breeders of this internationally rare breed.

Whitefaced Woodland

Whitefaced Woodland

Copyright Tessa Wigham

Alpaca

Alpaca

Copyright Teesdale Alpacas

Portland

Portland

Copyright Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Boreray

Boreray

Copyright Cotswold Farm Park

North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay

Copyright to be confirmed

Norfolk Horn

Norfolk Horn

Copyright Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Manx Loaghtan

Copyright John Hedges

Bagot Goat

Bagot Goat

Copyright Cotswold Farm Park

Valais Blacknose

Valais Blacknose

Copyright Valais Blacknose Breed Society

Soay Lamb

Soay Lamb

Copyright Cotswold Farm Park

Jacob

Jacob

Copyright Jacob Sheep Society

Blue Texel

Blue Texel

Copyright Blue Texel Sheep Society

Castlemilk Moorit

Castlemilk Moorit

Copyright Castlemilk Moorit Sheep Society