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Welcome to the official page of the Devon Closewool Sheep Breeders’ Society.  The Society was established in 1923 to encourage the breeding and maintenance of the characteristics of the Devon Closewool sheep at home and abroad, and the maintenance of the purity of the breed.

Fabulous day at the Society Show and Sale today at Blackmoor Gate. Judges Phil Dallyn and daughter Sara Perrett selected the first placed shearling ram as their Champion bred by S & J Bale with Geoff Ley's shearling ram taking reserve champion. Margaret Elliott won the Old Ram class with a ram bred by GE & EJ Nicholls and Abel Brothers were 2nd in this class with a ram bred by G Dart & Sons. Chris Ley won the Novice class and G Dart & Sons won the pairs class. Raymond Kingdon was 1st and 3rd in the Shearling Ewe class, Sarah Thorne was 2nd and 4th whilst Margaret Elliott was 5th and 6th. The ewe lamb class went to Margaret Elliott who was also 3rd with the Rennie family 2nd.
Rams sold well with Mr GA Ley's Reserve Champion ram selling at 1000 gns to S & J Bale. S & J Bale's Champion ram sold at 900 gns to Miss V Matthews. A shearling ram from Mr RF Kingdon sold to Mr Sam Hutchings for 800 gns, Miss S Thorne's shearling ram sold to Mrs Kent-Smith for 780 gns, G Dart & Sons 3rd placed shearling ram sold for 720 gns to RJ & P Burge and another to Mrs H Marks for 680 gns whilst RJ & P Burge sold to Mr J Balment for 680 gns.
Top priced shearling ewes from Mr RW Kingdon sold at 185 gns to M & E Bray, others from the same home sold to 182 gns and 160 gns. Miss S Thorne sold 2 shearling ewes at 170 gns to RJ & P Burge. Barry Nicholls sold 2 shearling ewes at 158 gns to Brymore Academy whilst Mrs M Elliott sold at 153 gns to Miss S Lindsey. Ewe lambs from Mrs M Elliott sold for 142 gns to Mrs Carey with others from the Rennie family selling to the same home for 125 gns. Many thanks to vendors and purchasers for making the day such a success and a special mention to auctioneer Gethin Rees for his sterling efforts in persuading people to part with their money!
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The Devon Closewool Sheep Breeder's Society is saddened to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a true lover of the countryside. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Royal family at this desperately sad time in particular to her son, King Charles III. Long live the King. ...

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A good entry of rams and females for Monday's sale. Catalogues available from the Society website www.devonclosewool.com ...

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Great article in the Western Morning News yesterday promoting the Devon Closewool breed and the amazing achievements of the Rennie family's ram in the show ring this season even managing to get a sneaky mention about the sale on Monday! ...

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The Society's annual Farm Open Day was very well supported yesterday and members were rewarded with a fascinating tour of Charlie, Cass and Sam Hutching's farm at Bradninch followed by the scrummiest beef and pork baps, roast potatoes, delicious salad and mountains of cakes and scones. Huge thanks to the Hutchings family, including the grandparents, for going to such efforts to make the afternoon a great success. With donations in lieu of the food and a raffle £228 was raised for Farm Crisis Network. Great result! ...

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The final show of the season for the Devon Closewool classes was Dunster Show today. David Gregory judged some well filled classes and gave Margaret Elliott Breed Champion with her Old Ewe and Stephen and Janet Bale's Shearling Ram took Reserve Breed Champion and Reserve Male Interbreed Champion. Well done to all those who showed sheep today - it's a huge amount of work and it is very much appreciated by the rest of the members. Today's results were:-
Ram Lamb
1st D & M Elliott
2nd S & J Bale
3rd Harry Ellis
Shearling Ram
1st S & J Bale
2nd RW Kingdon
3rd RW Kingdon
Old Ram
1st Mr M Tucker
2nd RJ & P Burge
Old Ewe
1st D & M Elliott
2nd RJ &P Burge
3rd Harry Ellis
Shearling Ewe
1st D & M Elliott
2nd Mr RW Kingdon
3rd Mr RW Kingdon
Ewe Lamb
1st S & J Bale
2nd S & J Bale
3rd Mrs E Bray
Group of Three
1st S & J Bale
2nd D & M Elliott
3rd Mr RW Kingdon
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Okehampton Show didn't disappoint as the Rennie Family's Champion Old Ram once again took the Supreme Sheep Championship against some very strong competition. What an amazing year the Rennie Family have had with their show team. Huge congratulations from all at the Devon Closewool Society.
Results:-
Old Ram Class
1st The Rennie Family
2nd MartinTucker
3rd The Rennie Family
Shearling Ram Class
1st The Rennie Family
2nd Harry Ellis
3rd Rachel Allen
Ram Lamb Class
1st Rachel Allen
2nd Harry Ellis
3rd Martin Tucker
Old Ewe
1st Rachel Allen
2nd The Rennie Family
3rd Brymore Academy
Shearling Ewe
1st Harry Ellis
2nd The Rennie Family
3rd Phil Abel
Ewe Lamb
1st Brymore Academy
2nd The Rennie Family
3rd Brymore Academy
Group of Three
1st Harry Ellis
2nd Martin Tucker
3rd Rachel Allen
Male Champion - The Rennie Family's Old Ram
Reserve Male Champion - The Rennie Family's Shearling Ram
Female Champion - Brymore Academy's Ewe Lamb
Reserve Female Champion - Harry Ellis's Shearling Ewe
Overall Breed Champion - The Rennie Family's Old Ram
Reseve Breed Champion - The Rennie Family's Shearling Ram
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Many congratulations to Raymond Kingdon for taking Breed and Interbreed Champion at Exford Show today with his shearling ewe. Reserve Breed Champion went to Margaret Elliott's shearling ram. William Dart stood in as judge at the last minute as Roy Richard's was nursing cracked ribs and a collapsed lung after a trials bike accident last weekend. We all wish Roy a speedy recovery.
Todays results:-
Old Ram
1st R Burge
Shearling Ram
1st D & M Elliott
2nd RW Kingdon
3rd S & J Bale
Ram Lamb
1st D & M Elliott
2nd S & J Bale
3rd S & J Bale
Old Ewe
1st D & M Elliott
2nd R Burge
Shearling Ewe
1st RW Kingdon
2nd D & M Elliott
3rd D & M Elliott
Ewe Lamb
1st S & J Bale
2nd S & J Bale
3rd D & M Elliott
Group of Three
1st RW Kingdon
2nd D & M Elliott
3rd S & J Bale
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What an amazing day the Devon Closewools had at North Devon Show. The Rennie family's Old Ram took Supreme Sheep Champion. This ram was bred by Maurice Scott and sold to the Rennie Family as a ram lamb. They have produced him brilliantly in to the wonderful specimen of the breed that he is now, what an achievement! Reserve Breed Champion was Raymond Kingdon's beautiful shearling ewe - pictures and other results below:-
Old Ram
1st The Rennie Family
2nd Mr M Tucker
3rd RJ & P Burge
Shearling Ram
1st Mr RW Kingdon
2nd S & J Bale
3rd Mr RW Kingdon
Old Ewe
1st The Rennie Family
2nd Harry Ellis
3rd RJ & P Burge
Shearling Ewe
1st Mr RW Kingdon
2nd Mr RW Kingdon
3rd The Rennie Family
Ram Lamb
1st S & J Bale
2nd Harry Ellis
3rd Mr M Tucker
Ewe Lamb
1st S & J Bale
2nd The Rennie Family
3rd S & J Bale
Best Lamb
S & J Bale's ewe lamb
Group of Three
1st Mr R W Kingdon
2nd The Rennie Family
3rd Harry Ellis
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Supreme Champion at North Devon Show today🏆🏆🏆 Fantastic achievement for the Rennie family and the Devon Closewool breed! ...

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