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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.

More excellent results for the Devon Closewools at Devon County Show with David Snell and Vicky Snell taking 1st in both Wool on the Hoof and the Medium Fleece class. Richmond Harding was 2nd in the Fleece class and Richard Clark was 3rd and 4th in Wool on the Hoof. Well done to all our exhibitors for all the hard work and enormous effort involved in showing at County level. Very much appreciated by the rest of us! ...

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A smaller turnout this year for the Devon Closewool classes but the sun shone and we were pleased to welcome judge Jim Rowe who had made the long journey down from Herefordshire. Results were:-
Old Ram
1st Brymore Academy
2nd D &V Snell
3rd Mr P Dallyn
Shearling Ram
1st D & V Snell
2nd Mr RF Clark
3rd Brymore Academy
Ram Lamb
1st Brymore Academy
2nd Ms B Simpson
Old Ewe
1st D & V Snell
2nd Brymore Academy
3rd Miss R Allen
Shearling Ewe
1st D & V Snell
2nd D & V Snell
3rd Mr P Abel
Ewe Lamb
1st D & V Snell
2nd Brymore Academy
3rd Ms B Simpson
Group of Three
1st D & V Snell
2nd Mr P Dallyn
3rd Mr P Abel
Male Champion - D & V Snell's Shearling Ram
Reserve - Mr RF Clark's shearling ram
Female Champion - D & V Snell's Shearling Ewe
Reserve - D & V Snell's Old Ewe
Breed Champion - D & V Snell's Shearling Ewe
Reserve Breed Champion D & V Snell's Shearling Ram
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We had a great turnout for our Show Preparation Day today which was kindly hosted by Richard and Pat Burge at Bratton Fleming. Instruction was provided by master sheep producer Richard Clark who encouraged everyone to get hands on and have a go at combing and clipping. Many thanks to Pat for a delicious tea which was very much appreciated by everyone. Videos available on the Devon Closewool Sheep Breeders' Society: Members Forum for those members who were unable to attend today. ...

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Dear Members, please don't forget the Show Preparation day this Sunday 12th May at 2.30pm at Haxton Down Farm, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple (EX32 7JL).

This will be an opportunity for new and existing members to get together in a relaxed environment to learn all about selecting which animals to show, the basics such as how to put on a halter correctly right through to presenting a ram for showing in his full fleece. There will be the opportunity to have a go at trimming and carding as there will be several showmen and women on hand to guide you through the process.

Refreshments will be served later in the afternoon so we will be in touch after lambing to gather numbers of those who wish to attend. During refreshments, there will be an update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive/Countryside Stewardship Combined Offer and how it affects rare and native breeds.

Could you please let Kim Dart know whether you will be attending a.s.a.p.

Look forward to seeing you all there.
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We are very sad to learn of the death of Lord Clinton. He and Lady Clinton were kind enough to open our Centenary event last year and it was clear that he really cared about the Devon Closewool breed. His grandfather was the Society's first president in 1924 and they kept a flock of Closewools up until 1990. Our sincere condolences to Lady Clinton and the family.It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lord Clinton aged 89, peacefully at his home in East Devon on 2nd April 2024.

I hope you will join us in offering our sincerest condolences to Lord Clinton’s family and friends.
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Laura Matthews is looking for any spare (2/3) Devon Closewool ewe lambs. Please get in touch if you have any orphans looking for a new home. ...

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Off the starting blocks this morning with a single female for Sarah Thorne, Windmill Hill FB 026
Siring Ram from president John Witheridge
Only 18 to lamb, so not many, but a third of those are scanned triplets, a third doubles and a third singles.
It will be interesting to see the actual on ground percentages 🤓
And also to see if Sarah‘s adopting on skills have improved from her zero percentage of previous years 🙈
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Margaret and Donald Elliott were in for a surprise when they entered the lambing shed early this morning - a Devon Closewool ewe had given birth to Blue Leicester quads! Mum and babies doing well 😄 ...

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With 10 lambs out of 7 ewes, not a bad lambing season although a little traumatic at times. Just had to take a picture of these little ones resting and waiting for their tea after a day of running around.
What's that thing we used to do at discos to "Oops upside your head" by The Gap Band in the 80's ? Looks like they're going to have a go at that.
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