Sheep for Sale or Wanted

WHEN YOU HAVE SOLD YOUR SHEEP – It would be very helpful if you would email us to let us know as we wish to keep these pages as up to date as possible. Thank you.

While all sheep advertised on this website are registered and should meet breed standards, they have NOT been inspected by the Society. (Only sheep bought through the Annual Breed Sale at Cirencester Market will have been ‘card graded’ by the Society.) Lambs may be advertised while just Birth Notified, but must be Registered by the breeder before they are sold.

We would encourage members to add photos of your sheep when advertising them on this page as this does increase the likelihood of you selling them. To place an advert please email the Society.

If you would like advice about buying or selling Cotswolds then please contact our Secretary, Lynne Parkes and she will put you in touch with someone who can advise you. There are sometimes rams for hire too.


The Society Show and Breed Sale 2022 – Friday 12th August, Cirencester Market, Driffield.

This year the Society Breed Sale will take place as part of Voyce Pullin’s August Sheep Fair. The sheep will have to be at the market by 8.00 and be ready for card grading, which will start at 8.30. We hope the Show will begin at around 10.30am and then the Sale will begin after the sale of Commercial sheep at around lunch time. 

This is the only opportunity to buy card-graded stock and this means that buyers can buy with confidence knowing the quality of the stock they are bidding for. Red-carded sheep are correct sheep, blue-carded sheep have minor faults and yellow-carded sheep have reached the minimum breed standard (but can still breed good lambs with a good ram!).

Please do come along and support the Sale in its exciting new format!


The Harford Flock will be up for Sale on 30th July 2022

Mrs Pat Quinn wishes to give advance notice that she will be selling her HARFORD Pedigree Cotswold Flock at the end of July this year. At the age of 95 she no longer wishes to be responsible for the well being of the sheep she has had in her care since 1976. However she will still farm at Lower Harford and is in the process of negotiating contract farming with her neighbour. Clive Roads of McCartneys Worcester has reserved a Sale date of Saturday July 30th 2022.

More details of one of the oldest and successful flocks (00011) today will follow in due course.




When you are buying Cotswolds off a farm (and not through the Breed Sale when all the sheep have to be registered) there a few things you should be aware of:

  • All Cotswolds sold as ‘pedigree’ or ‘registered’ of whatever age, must be registered with the Society by the breeder who has to be a member of the Society. The buyer cannot register sheep.
  • Always ask to see the sheep’s paperwork before purchasing – if in doubt please contact the Society as we have details of all sheep registered with us.
  • Always make sure the seller has notified the Society of the transfer of ownership to you. This can only be done by the seller either by filling in the transfer section of the Pedigree Certificate and returning it to the Registrar, or directly online via the Online Flock Book. Remember you will NOT be able to register lambs unless the sheep have been properly transferred to you, and you are a member of the Cotswold Sheep Society. 
  • Lambs can be Birth Notified – this does not mean they necessarily reach the breed standard. Be aware – only the breeder can upgrade a lamb’s status to Registered (which means it is judged by the breeder to reach the breed standard) – we strongly advise you to make sure all stock is registered BEFORE purchase.
  • Only 2 registered sheep can produce a lamb which can itself be registered. A term such as ‘pure bred’ is NOT the same as ‘registered’. Such sheep may indeed be Cotswold but they are not, and never can be, registered pedigree sheep.


Please also note that you must be aware of all tagging and movement legislation before moving sheep – all breeding sheep must be double tagged (with one EID tag and its matching pair) before leaving the farm where it was born. All movements must be to a registered holding and accompanied by a completed Movement License. The Society ‘Breed Tag’ can be fitted in addition to the two official tags – it cannot be used on its own. Records must be kept of all medicines used, when, and where purchased, along with all sheep movements in your Flock Register. Please visit GOV.UK for full details.

An excellent book to get you going with the basics of sheep keeping is the Haynes Manual; The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Caring for Your Flock.  The downloadable Information for New Members is a useful guide to a few basics of keeping Cotswold sheep.

For any questions concerning buying and selling sheep – please do contact the Society and we will do all we can to help you – we want you to enjoy your Cotswold experience!!