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Welcome to the official page of the Devon Closewool Sheep Breeders’ Society. Β 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.

2 months ago

Lynda Rennie

Had a lovely evening last night at the Devon Closewool Sheep Breeders' Society annual dinner. My very special Ram - Apollo aka Smoochy πŸ˜‚ who was champion Male at Devon County show won this wonderful trophy πŸ† πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ»β€οΈ was lovely to see everyone πŸ₯° ...

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Two tickets available for the Society Dinner tonight following a cancellation - let me know if you want them 😁 ...

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There was a good turnout of rams and ewes for the Annual Sale on Monday and we were blessed with fine weather. Congratulations to Maurice Scott who took Champion and Raymond Kingdon who took Reserve Champion with their shearling rams. Best Old Ram was from Clive and Lydia Handy, Andoversford with their 4 tooth ram. Raymond Kingdon swept the board in the Shearling Ewe class with a lovely pen of ewes and Margaret Elliott won the Ewe Lamb class with some beautifully presented lambs. Best Novice was Janet Bale's ram and Best Pair of Hog Rams was from Raymond Kingdon. Top price went to the show champion from Maurice Scott at 680 gns selling to Richard and Pat Burge followed by Steve and Janet Bale's shearling ram at 560 gns selling to Adam Crowe and Helen Rawlinson from Cumbria. There was a 95% clearance of rams by the end of the sale. Female sales flew with a top price of 200 gns for several shearling ewes from Raymond Kingdon selling to John Balman and ewe lambs from Margaret Elliott topping 162 gns selling to Simon and Leslie Burke from Beaworthy. It was pleasing to see several new members around the ring. Good luck with all your purchases. ...

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Morning all....
Some of our "gold" award winning Devon Closewool lamb.
Whatever you fancy for those Sunday lunches we've got it... open from 10am......
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A reminder that the Devon Closewool Show and Sale entries close on Friday 27th August 2021 and the draw will take place on Monday 30th August 2021 so please email/post your entries to the Secretary as soon as possible. Entry forms were attached to an email sent 1st August 2021 or from tomorrow will be available on the website. ...

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We all enjoyed a super day at the Rennie family's Open Day today. The sun shone, there was a lovely display of sheep, Raymond Kingdon gave a show preparation demonstration and we had a judging competition of four Jacob shearling rams which had a few people scratching their heads! This was followed by a delicious BBQ of Closewool burgers and sausages and cake for afters. We were also treated to a spinning demonstration by Sally Vergette using Devon Closewool wool. It is much harder than it looks as I managed to prove but well done to Hannah Bale who picked up the technique very quickly. A big thank you to the Rennie family for all their hard work in preparing such a lovely day. ...

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The last show of the season for the Devon Closewools was Okehampton Show yesterday. It was great fun and the Abel family had a tremendous day winning Champion Male with their Old Ram and going on to achieve Reserve Interbreed in some very strong company - well done Phil, Alison and the girls for a great achievement. Results are as follows:-

Champion Male and Overall Breed Champion - PJ Abel's Old Ram
Champion Female - G Dart & Sons - Shearling Ewe

Group of Three
1st - The Rennie Family
2nd - G Dart & Sons
3rd - Sam Hutchings

Old Ram
1st - PJ Abel
2nd - Sam Hutchings
3rd - G Dart & Sons

Shearling Ram
1st - PJ Abel
2nd - G Dart & Sons

Ram Lamb
1st - G Dart & Sons
2nd - Sam Hutchings
3rd - The Rennie Family

Old Ewe
1st - The Rennie Family
2nd - Miss R Allen
3rd - The Rennie Family

Shearling Ewe
1st - G Dart & Sons
2nd - PJ Abel
3rd - G Dart & Sons

Ewe Lamb
1st - G Dart & Sons
2nd - The Rennie Family
3rd - The Rennie Family
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Great day at Exford Show on Wednesday. There was a super turnout of Devon Closewool sheep with many exhibitors being out for the first time this year. Photos at the end of this post. Results as follows:-

Breed and Inter Breed Champion - D & M Elliott's Hog Ram
Reserve Breed Champion - Harry Ellis's Old Ewe

Old Ram Class
1st - D & M Elliott
2nd - RW Kingdon
3rd - S & J Bale

Hog Ram Class
1st - D & M Elliott
2nd - RJ Burge
3rd - R W Kingdon

Ram Lamb Class
1st - D & M Elliott
2nd - S & L Dart

Two Tooth Ewe Class
1st - D & M Elliott
2nd - D & M Elliott
3rd - R J Burge

Old Ewe Class
1st - Harry Ellis
2nd - D & M Elliott
3rd - R J Burge

Ewe Lamb Class
1st - D & M Elliott
2nd - Harry Ellis
3rd - S & L Dart

Pen of Three Sheep
1st - D & M Elliott
2nd - RW Kingdon
3rd - Harry Ellis

Male Champion - D & M Elliott's Hog Ram
Reserve Male Champion - D & M Elliott's Old Ram

Female Champion - Harry Ellis's Old Ewe
Reserve Female Champion - D & M Elliott's Ewe Hog

Well done to all competitors for all the time and effort invested in getting your sheep πŸ‘ prepared for the show ring.
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Further photos from Mid Devon Show. Results are in the previous post πŸ™‚ ...

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