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The Broomwell flock was established in 1982 by Andrew Taylor and daughter Susan (now Susan Bryden).

The foundation stock consisted of four ewes acquired from the Ruslin flock and the first ram used was from the Fenman flock.

After a few years the first shows were being entered and the learning curve began.

The first major success came in 1990 when the flock produced the Ryelands Show and Sale male Champion at Leominster - Broomwell Fulke.

In the show-ring, in 1993, came the first major championship when Broomwell Kerr lifted the breed title at the Royal Lancashire Show. The thrill of the win was further compounded when, along with friend Pat Maddock - who had made the mammoth trek from Aberdeen to win the female title - they won the Inter-Breed Pairs Championship. (Never before had the championship ring at this show witnessed such unbridled joy!)

Breed Championship successes followed in the subsequent years at the major shows of the Royal Highland, The Great Yorkshire and again at the Royal Lancs, as well as breed titles at the Cumberland county show. This was backed up, in some ways more importantly for the promotion of the breed, with successes in Any Other Breed championships at open shows such as Dumfries, Moffat and Peebles.

The year 2001 will be one ingrained in the memory of every livestock breeder as the horrors of FMD swept across the country.

The Broomwell flock, based in the heart of the area of Scotland to be affected by the disease, was forced to face the ultimate sacrifice demanded of the Scottish authorities to contain this disease.

On March 26, 2001 the apparently healthy flock at Broomwell was wiped out by a Ministry vet, taken in a 3km cull.

Our only comfort taken from this devastating period in our flock history is that hopefully we contributed to helping stop the spread of this curse to the rest of Scotland.

In the aftermath of this disaster, we were comforted by the help and support we received from members of the Ryeland Flock Book Society. The calls, messages and letters from far and wide certainly helped us through this traumatic time.

When the time came for us to consider re-stocking, we were overwhelmed with offers - and consequently a great majority of the ewes we restocked with were daughters or granddaughters of Broomwell sires.

In 2002, at the Royal Highland Show, one of these ewes - a daughter of Broomwell Stickman - was awarded the female championship. Pat Maddock from the Wellside flock at Aberdeen was the breeder.

Since that time we have continued to build the flock, striving to breed animals healthy and sound, and true to the breed type. We continue to enjoy showing when we can and catching up with the many Ryeland friends we have made up and down the country.