New president of the Hampshire Down Sheep Association is part-time mixed practice veterinarian, Judith Galbraith, who together with her husband Graham owns the Graylen flock from Endmoor, Kendal.

Judith, who is the fourth woman to preside over the breed's association in it's 130-year history, farms a 250-acre mixed livestock unit which is home to beef and dairy cattle and a commercial sheep flock.

Impressed by the Hampshire Down's exceptional growth rates, resilience and hardiness, since her husband purchased two rams and an in-lamb ewe to improve the finishing rate of their commercial ewe flock, Judith has since gone on to secure the overall championship at this year's breed sale at Carlisle, with an in-lamb female that topped the section at 850gns.

Cornwall-based Adrian Rundle, Treworthal Barn, Cubert, Newquay, takes on the role of vice-president, with Gayle Bersey, also from Cornwall, appointed breed secretary.

Janet Hill, who is now based at Wester Campsie, Lintrathen, Kirriemuir, having moved from the Isle of Bute, remains membership secretary.