South West Region News Archive


There will be an Open Day at the Natural Fibre Company Nr Launceston on 7th July.

This will include a Talk by Sue Blacker.  And a tour round the Mill.  And a question and answer discussion.

It will take half a day approximately.  We can then have lunch in a nearby pub.

Please support this interesting and informative tour.  For those members who make their own woollen items it will be particularly interesting, but everyone should find it fascinating.  I will be sending out entry forms nearer the time by email for you to print and return to me.  If anyone cannot print it let me know and I will post one to you.

There will be an Open Day kindly hosted by Janet East on the 8th September at their farm at Payhembury Honiton.  Details nearer the time.

The AGM  lunch and Talk will be held on the 6th October at the Memorial Hall and Social Club at Dillington Ilminster.  Details nearer the time.

The Breed Promotion Stand will be at the NSA Event on June 18th and at Melplash Show on the 22nd August.

If anyone can pick up the stand from me and take it to the Royal Cornwall Show Liz Roberts has offered to help mann it there.

And if anyone would like to take the stand to any other show please let me know so I can apply for a trade stand.

South West Region AGM

The South West Region AGM will be on the 21st October at Whitelackington Village Hall nearr Ilminster Somerset TA19 9EF

  • 10.30 meeting to start at 11am.
  • Presentation of prizes for the Flock Competition and Fleece Competition
  • Lunch and a tour of the Robotic Dairy on Dillington Estate.

Everyone welcome including non members. Anyone wishing to come please let me know prior to the meeting.

Please contact me on 07881611763 or via e-mail at

The date of the South West Region Flock Competition is 7th to 9th September 2018.

The Judges will be Paul Colhoun the Ireland RCM and Adrian Hamilton.

There are two categories small flocks of 11 ewes or less  and large flocks of 12 ewes or more. Further details will be posted closer to the time.

But please do consider entering your flocks for assessment I found it to be really helpful and a lot of fun too.  The competition part is less important than the assessment I feel, but its always nice to win a prize!!

We really need 10 flocks to make it worthwhile Paul coming over from Ireland and I am delighted that he has agreed to judge our flock competition.  I am assured that he will judge our sheep in a empathic and supportive way.

Please email me at or phone 07881611763 for those who don’t use email and I will forward you an entry form and the guidelines.   The cost, to cover the Judges expenses will be £25 per flock

I look forward to being inundated with requests for Entry forms.

Sarah Bliss RCM South West Region

South West Region AGM

The date of the South West Region AGM is the 21st October.  It will held at Whitelackington Village Hall. Dillington, Ilminster Somerset.

Further details to follow closer to the time.

Sarah Bliss – JSS South West Council Representative

Hello everyone, I am Sarah Bliss and here are just a few lines to introduce myself.

I come from a large happy family. My 4 brothers and I were brought up in the Buckinghamshire countryside.  My Father was a Vicar and my Mother a Teacher.

I have two daughters and five grandsons.  When the girls were small we lived on a beautiful estate in Gloucestershire.  I was the Head Groom of a hunting and point to point yard.  The estate ran  a flock  of 400 Scotch Half breds that I use to help lamb.

After 20 years I decided to move on and run my own business growing organic mushrooms.

From there the girls and I moved to North Wales where I bought some property and worked with Disadvantaged young people.

And then we moved to Somerset where I bought a smallholding and bred texels and mules Berkshire pigs, geese, ducks and chickens.

Finally after 12 years I sold the smallholding and moved to the beautiful estate of Dillington where I have some land and a cottage and fulfilled a cherished dream to breed Jacobs.  Another exciting adventure.



The 2018 AGM

Great first day visiting the Halsbury Flock as well as the valais blacknose sheep and the Red Ruby Devon cattle. Then onto Arlington Court Flock, House, carriages and Gardens followed by a Devon Cream Tea.

Big thank you for a fabulous AGM weekend down in the South West. Superb hospitality, great food and a very warm welcome from a hardworking team.

Christopher and Charlotte Slee’s Halsbury Flock. An amazing sight of 50 or so ewes with lambs set against a spectacular view. The Ruby Red Devon cattle were also on show, lovely animals.

After a light lunch we moved on to Arlington Court and the Arlington Flock comprising some 60 ewes.

Finally we gathered for a buffet meal at the hotel.


Lovely sunny second day of the AGM in Cornwall.

With the AGM business concluded, we headed to Julia Staughton’s Tooma Flock. Again set against a spectacular vista and with generous hospitality, we admired the sheep which had been gathered inside for us to see.

This was followed by a short journey to St Austell where we toured the brewery after a lunch of real Cornish pasties and a sampling of their brew. This was followed by a more comprehensive tasting of their various beers and a visit to the shop.

In the evening we met at the drinks reception, joined by Libby Hanson and Jenni Collins, and enjoyed another lovely meal followed by a lively auction. Various volunteers demonstrated some of the auction items..

Third day we went to the Redlands Flock. He currently has 25 breeding ewes and two stock rams. We saw a lovely flock of sheep and then we all went on a tractor ride to see some cattle and back to the farm for a lovely lunch.

After a very nice spit roast lamb lunch, we moved on to visit Compton Castle, home to the Compton Flock, Angela Gilbert. This castle has been home to the Gilbert family for most of the time since it was built in the 1300’s, and retains a rare degree of originality. We took tea and cake in the great hall warmed by a blazing log fire.

Saturday night was Gala Night and what a fantastic night we had with amazing food and great entertainment during the auction with some fantastic auction items as well as a great raffle too! We would like to say a HUGE Thank you to the Hotel who have been fantastic from start to finish!

From Council:  All rams should be on halters at shows.


2017 Programme
19 March – Buckfastleigh Wool Gathering, Buckfastleigh Town Hall.
21 – 23 April – National AGM, Scotland.
14 May – Open Day with Judy and Cyrena Bell  CANCELLED
Felting and Adventures with Jacob Wool

18 – 20 May – Devon Show

26 July – Yealmpton Show (Breed Stand)

2 August – North Devon Show

3 August – Honiton Show

10 August – Okehampton Show (Breed Stand)

24 August – Melplash Show (Breed Stand)

2 – 3 September – Dorset Show

17 September – Open Day East Dorset    CANCELLED
Spend the day with the Yakov flock.

21 September – Show and Sale at Sedgemoor.

4 October – Royal Bath and West Show

22 October SW AGM to be held at The Devon Hotel, Exeter.    Closing date: 13 October 2017

18 November – Cornish Winter Fair


Congratulations to Liz Roberts from Cornwall with her awards for entries in the 2017 Wool Cup.

Devon County Show

Congratulations to Mike Bundy for his awards at the Devon Show, which included winning Best of Breed with his Aged Ram.

Congratulations also to Lisa Hutchins, Kerry Morish, Josh Quant, Charlotte and Christopher Slee, Chris Fisher, Bethany Osborne, and Steph Cornelius and their sheep for their class placements.

Royal Cornwall Show

Okehampton Show
Did you see the Breed Promotion Stand at the Okehampton Show?
Through the show season Sarah Bliss and Steve Campbell work hard at breed promotion and they deserve the protection of the new gazebo which has been bought with SW funds this year..
Launceston Show
Congratulations to the Christopher & Charlotte Slee for the award of Champion with their Ram and to Deborah Ruscombe-King for Reserve Champion with her Ewe.
Congratulations also to Kerry Morish & Mr D Gaden, and to Steph Cornelius who, along with Christopher & Charlotte and Deborah, all had sheep placed in the Jacob Classes.


  • Pearle Chaffe reluctantly had to give up her sheep and her membersip due to ill health.
  • It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Anna Milner (Knowlton flock), George Ellis (Canford flock), and David Biggs (Dalwood flock).

17 April  – Talk by John Randall

9 -11 June – Royal Cornwall SHOW

21 August Open Day and Fleece Competition – Josh Quant

8 – 11 September – SW Flock Assessment and Competition

22 September – Sedgemoor Show & Sale

10 – 16 October 2016 Campaigne for Wool Week

23 October – SW Region AGM

4 December – Christmas Lunch

Event Reports 2016

June 2016 Open Day Presentation and Etiquiette at Shows – with David and Mary Biggs (Dalwood flock)

August 2016 Open Day with Josh Quant (Redlands Flock)

Different people keep different sheep for different reasons and Josh Quant told us that he had gone to the market one day with the intention of buying chickens and came home with some Jacob sheep! Furthermore, the sheep he bought were being sold by Geoff Connabeer (Crann Dair Flock) and, later, when Josh entered them in a show they did better than Geoff’s sheep which were present that day.

At Redlands Farm in Devon 26 people were wecomed into a large shed which dwarfed four areas of tables, chairs, a lorry and some farm equipment in one corner, and Josh’s entire flock.  The sheep were penned into individual groups (ewes, ewe lambs, 2016 show sheep etc) along two sides of the shed and this allowed plenty of viewing space.

After coffee everyone travelled on an open trailer “over the hill and far away” along narrow Devon lanes to see the Redland cattle herds and Barry, Josh’s father, explained, with evident pride, how the family had built up the farm and the suckler herds.

The afternoon talk, ‘Points to consider when selecting a ram lamb for your flock’ was given by David Biggs using examples from Josh’s pens of ram lambs.

Thank you to Josh and his family for the generous lunch and a very relaxed, well organised and enjoyable day.

October 2016 SW Region AGM

This year the AGM was held at Yellingham Farm, near Honiton, the home of Janet East (Headley Flock).  It was combined with elements of an Open Day – a farm walk and a display of woollen products by Liz Roberts and Sarah Weaver.

Beverly Wills won the Photograph Competion and also took third place, and Bethany Osborne was placed second.

After the AGM Peter Gorringe presented the awards for the Fortescue Cup and the 2016 Flock Assessment.

Fortescue Cup: Bethany Osborne.

Flock Assessment:

Corton Cup for the Best Overall Flock: (1) Charlotte and Christopher Slee, (2) Peter Gorringe, (3) Percy Clatworthy

Best Small Flock Winner Cup: Julia Staughton

Large Flock Winner Cup: Charlotte and Christopher Slee,

Best Ram Cup: (1) Josh Quant, (2) Charlotte and Christopher Slee, (3) Deborah Hext

Christening Cup for the Best Pen of Ewe Lambs: (1) Percy Clatworthy, Charlotte and Christopher Slee, (3) Sarah Bliss

SW Shield for the Best Novice Flock: Percy Clatworthy

Rosettes were presented to Josh Quant for the Best Newcomer, Sarah Bliss for the Best Wool, and Peter Gorringe for the Best Managed Flock.

In the afternoon David Harris from Pearce Seeds gave a talk about the importance of considering the levels of nutrients and trace elements in the soil and their influence on grasses and pasture management.

Thanks go to Janet and her team for preparation of the venue and for the lunch, and to the people who made the cakes for morning and afternoon tea.

2016 Fleece Competition

Angela Gilbert was pleased with the nine entries for the 2016 SW Fleece Competition but commented that paying more attention to skirting the fleeces, removing vegetable matter, and presenting them rolled correctly would have improved the standard even further.

Seen here, Angela presents the Wool Cup to Sarah Weaver (Yakov Flock) whose fleeces took first and second places.

Fleeces from Judy Holder’s flock (Billinghay Flock) were placed third and fourth.

Show Successes 2016

May 2016  Devon County Show.  Judge: Mr Roy Tucker.

Congratulations go to Christopher and Charlotte Slee (Halsbury Flock) for the Breed Champion (right) awarded to their shearling ewe, and to Kerry Morish (Kezmor Flock) for the Reserve Champion (left), awarded to her ram.

June 2016 Royal Cornwall Show Judge: Mr Gareth Jones.

Congratulations to Kerry Morish (Kezmor flock) for Breed Champion and to Charlotte Slee (Halsbury flock) for Reserve.

July 2016 The Breed Promotion Stand at the Yealmpton Show.

Sarah Bliss and Steve Campbell, promoters of the Jacob sheep breed in the SW Region, set this stand up at the Yealampton Show.  They reported that many visitors stopped to talk and showed a great interest in the stand – a well deseved reward for their efforts!

September 2016 Sedgemoor Show and Sale Judge: Mr James Leonard

Patiently Waiting.  Steph Cornelius’s ram (Treven flock) was awarded Overall Champion. Congratulations!

The generations come together.  Steph Cornelius and Ivor Clayton with the male and female champions.

Events from 2015


We had beautiful weather for our visit to the Blackaller Flock and it was a lovely chance to catch up on everybody’s news and tales of their lambing.  We gathered for coffee at Peter’s barn but there was initially no sign of sheep until Peter went off to another field, called his sheep and they trustingly followed him some distance along the road and through the gate into his field and right up to the middle of the crowd of members.  He admitted that he had not had a very good lambing this year with more problems than usual but the sheep we saw had some very good strong lambs all looking well.  Peter Hull mentioned that he and Cheryl from Langport had had their most successful lambings ever for the last two years when they had had no lambing problems at all with either ewes or lambs and they had lambed at a genuine 200% both years.  He thought it might be down to a special drench they had used for those two years which he had bought from JG Animal Health, Malvern, WR13 5LF, telephone 01186 880482  and he thoroughly recommended other members to try it.

Peter Hull then showed us his sheep deckchair which he makes to order.  One of the sheep was easily lifted into it and was then in the perfect position for foot-trimming or any other task needed that required an immobilised sheep.  Committee member, Judy Holder reported that she had already purchased one of the chairs and had been able to trim all her ewe’s feet after they had lambed with no problems.  For more details of the seat, contact Peter Hull, Arlington House, Bow Street, Langport, Somerset  TA10 9PQ, telephone 01458 8259292 or

Cheryl Hull demonstrating the deck chair:-

We could have stayed for ages in the sunshine talking sheep but at lunchtime some members moved on to the village to go to the pub where we had a table booked for twenty two and enjoyed an excellent lunch.  David Biggs proposed a vote of thanks to Peter Hunt for his excellent organisation of what had been a very enjoyable few hours spent at North Bovey.

Peter bringing some of the ewes and lambs along the road


This was a very successful and enjoyable day entirely organised by Chris and Charlotte Slee with help from their Auntie Shirley who did all the catering for the lunch which was enhanced with delicious Ruby Red Devon beef supplied from Chris’ own herd.

There were demonstartions of sheep washing, carding and trimming and some of the newer members agreed that they would aim to bring a team of their own sheep to the shows next year.  The fleece competition was judged by Anna Milner and she awarded the South West Wool Trophy to Peter Gorringe with The Slees winning the runner up award.

The Shows 2015


Chris and Charlotte Slee with the judge, Ken Cartwright, and their champion shearling ewe.


David Biggs with his champion ewe in the Interbreed


Lorna Hendey with her champion ram from the Elmley Flock judged by Clive Richardson

News & Events in 2013

Latest New Members In The SW Region

During 2013 We welcomed 18 new and rejoined  members to the SW Region, which is great news. In 2014 we have welcomed  three new members in January and February bringing our total regional membership to 129.

New  Members joined since October 2013 are as follows:   Miss Claire Williams with her Great Ash flock no 5017 from Minehead in Somerset. Also re-joined in October is Mrs Cheryl Hull from Langport in Somerset with her Hullswood flock no 2414. Welcome back! November: We now have a new young member, Percy Clatworthy  with his Huntspill flock no 5031 from East Huntspill in Somerset.  An existing member no 4263 has moved into our region to near Truro, from Central region. Mrs Roberts has sold all her Jacobs but is still keen to stay a member and loves Jacob wool.

I do hope you will all join in the events we are organising this year in the South West and I look forward to meeting you all. We currently have 129 members in the SW region.

For SW regional news please click on news letter below:

For Main Show and One Day Show Results from 2013 please scroll down or check  Facebook link

The South West Region has its own Facebook Page to keep regional members up to date with breed promotion, results and news. This page is updated regularly by Chris Slee, so do check to see what is happening within the region. Click on the SW logo below to be taken straight to the Facebook page.

Latest News

24th February 2014….1 day old triplets from the Compton flock enjoying a break from all the rain! If anyone has some nice photos do email them and I will try and fit them on the page….

New lambs from the Tooma flock, that we will see at the Open Day in May!

1. South West Winter Meeting and visit to Bovey Handloom Mill December 2013

Over 20 members enjoyed visiting the Bovey Handloom Weavers at Bovey Tracey. The family business has been going for over 70 years, with the original owner’s daughter, Liz and husband Stuart Gregory using the same wooden handlooms, still operated by hand or foot. Members were shown how the different semi automatic handlooms were worked by Stuart, who also went into the history of the machinery.  (If members want to get their own tweed made, they will have to get their fleecewool spun into a fineness stated as approximately representing 256 yds in 1 lb wool!) Colourful tweeds were being made there, some being for private commisions and several members bought some lovely Christmas presents in the shop afterwards. After lunch at the Riverside Inn, most of the group continued on to member, Terri Holman’s nearby holding for tea and also saw her very fit Jacob sheep on lush pasture and then into her workshop to see her unique pottery for which she is well known worldwide. Several said afterwards that it was one of the best days we had held. Our thanks to Liz and Stuart for specially opening up their mill out of season and to Terri too for looking after us all so well afterwards.

  1. South West Region AGM, October 20th 2013 at Old Feniton Village Hall, Nr Honiton, EX14 3BG 

Winner of the Fortescue Cup at the AGM was Josh Quant from near Newton Abbot, receiving the cup from Philippa Fortescue.

Winning Photograph below in the Photo competition by Bryn Gorringe

Show & Sale 2013 Following on from last year’s success, the  Show & Sale again was again held this year in league with the RBST on  September 26th. There was an official Jacob inspection by Robert Locker and Clive Richardson before the Show and an official Jacob judge, in John Emberton.  This year we also held a Wool on the Hoof class.  We were very grateful to our main sponsor, The Natural Fibre Company, and Sue Blacker who gave generous prize vouchers for the Champion, Reserve Breed Champion and Champion and Reserve Champion Wool on the Hoof too.  The highest price paid was 400 guineas for a shearling ewe bred by Bridget Wilson from the Wales Region. Photo below shows John Emberton judging the shearling ewes, with Ivor Coates and Bridget Wilson and their shearling ewes. The latter went on to win Breed Champion and Wool on the Hoof too.  For all results of this Show & sale please scroll down.


  • August 18th Open Day at Julian Newth’s Prestcombe Flock (3608) This was held in Somerset, opposite the Royal Bath & West Showground entrance, and Julian had organised a gfull and very interesting day for us all. We looked round his prize pigs with baby piglets, including a huge Landrake pig that had won Interbreed Champion this year. Then Mr Chilcott (Chilly) expertly guided members into live lamb grading of both pure Jacobs, cross bred Jacobs and mules. It was interesting to see the difference in the feel of these. After a lunch of roast pork and salads we were instructed in some more advanced butchery techniques by “Chilly” again and we also saw a “thin” Jacob lamb hanging up to compare with a cross bred lamb that was too fat. Following on from that we had a go at stock judging some excellent one year old pigs, with varied results. Not many Jacob members thought of inspecting the number of teats in the sow! We were all grateful for Julian and his daughter Alice and her friends helping to make this a most interesting day.
Photos show from Top left: Alice Newth with champion pig with two of her piglets, “Chilly” showing members how to live grade a Jacob meat lamb; looking at a “thin” carcass and butchery demo; a very young pig handler with her own board, and members pig stock judging, with help from handlers and Julian Newth on far right looking on.


1. August 7th North Devon Show  

James Barlow met David Cameron and told him all about his flock…causing quite a stir!

  1. Filming from Canada at the “Payne” flock in West Buckland, North Devon on August 5th 2013. Details will be in the Winter Journal. From left:The two celebrity chefs, Dan and bushman Art talk to Roy Tucker & Antony Payne about Jacob sheep. The series of cookery programmes are called “Moosemeat & Marmalade” and one of the programme features the sheep!

the cooked lamb.

  • May 16th Devon County Show. JSS SW Breed Stand has won the Gold Medal for the second year running! Many thanks to Chris and Charlottee for putting up the stand, to Vicky Hammond for re-doing some of the imformation for the boards, and also producing her stunning felted jacob goods, and to Jane Moor for spinning away and attracting members. Chris & Charlotte also won the Champion Jacob and shared the points cup with David and Mary Biggs.  More Photos on SW Facebook link.

Below Ram class being judged by Geraldine Fletcher, and the winning Jacob breed stand.

  • May 12th Open Day at Bere Ferrers at Peter Gorringe’s Shutecombe Flock (4805). More than 35  of us had a good day at Peter’s flock, with many thanks for their fantastic hospitality, and help from other members too. We were honoured to have the Chairman of the JSS, Robert Locker with us. Members were really impressed with the quality of the sheep and newer members learnt from Anna Milner what points to look out for in the Jacob. They then had a chance to handle the shearling ewes, some with spectacular wool and put them in their order of preference. Robert Locker then explained the order the judges would choose. Members also saw the young lambs all going on well and looking very fit! After lunch both Charlotte and Chris Slee showed members how to undertake various stock tasks and answered any questions. Members then went to their other field overlooking the river and saw the two rams, bred by Bridget Wilson that have been used and the older lambs too. It was a cold day but most members had come prepared …. and said how much they had enjoyed it.
  • From the Jacob Sheep Society National AGM April 2013!

Many Congratulations Firstly: to Jane Moor from Exeter for winning the Individual Entry of the Wool Cup for a hat, mitts and bag set. (The photo taken on my ipad does not do the entry justice!) There were hundreds of entries from around the country and Ireland too, so we are delighted this cup has come to the South West. Many thanks indeed to not only Jane, but to Anna Milner for organising and collecting the SW entries and also for entering the competition herself and to other South West members who entered, Vicky Hammond, Sarah Weaver and Sue Blacker for going to the trouble of submitting some really super entries too.

Also Many Congratulations to Christopher Slee for winning the “Young Person of the Year Trophy”, which was presented at the AGM meeting in recognition of all hew has done to help the region and the society.

We did see some nice sheep from the Eastern Region too…below!

Photos. If anyone has some nice Jacob lamb photos taken this year, do send them in and I will put them on the website, space permitting.

“South West Lambing Live Day” January 2013 

Photos show vet Liz demonstrating possible mal presentations of a lamb, and Chris Slee tubing a lamb

Nineteen members attended this day with thanks to our hosts, the Slee family in Buckland Brewer in January.  The morning session covered the feeding regime for in-lamb ewes; ewe diseases and vaccination; lambing pens and equipment disinfection; lambing equipment and stores needed.  At lunchtime, Marilyn Slee kindly provided us all with hot soup to go with our picnics. Two of their ewes  decided to lamb in front of everyone, with Chris and Charlotte Slee quickly demonstrating what to do.  After lunch their  vet, Liz, showed everyone, with the help of a dead lamb, the various ways lambs can be positioned in a ewe’s uterus and when assistance might be needed and how to go about it; also she demonstrated how to inject glucose into an over 5 hour old hypothermic lamb. She showed us some good photos on her laptop of lambs with Schmallenberg disease and how to identify this. It was all very useful revision for the more experienced and essential for the newer members. Chris demonstrated how to feed a new lamb with a stomach tube, and Charlotte how to bottle feed a lamb, before demonstrations of castrating and correct ring tail docking and ear tagging new lambs with temporary tags for the benefit of some newer members there.


For Main Show and One Day Show Results during 2013 please see below or check  Facebook link

  1. Devon County Show 2013 Results
  2. Royal Bath & West Results2013

3. Royal Cornwall Show Results  2013

4. 2013 One Day Show Results 

5. Show and Sale Results below:

Breeding Ewe class

Ist           Vicki Hammond

2nd          Bridget Wilson

Shearling ewe:-

1st           Bridget Wilson

2nd          Ivor Coates (entry not in catalogue)

Ewe Lamb:-

1st           Bridget Wilson


1st           Ivor Coates

2nd          Vicki Hammond

3rd          C Fisher

Ram lamb:-

1st           Bridget Wilson

2nd          Ivor Coates

CHAMPION                       Bridget Wilson,  shearling ewe

RESERVE CHAMPION      Ivor Coates,   ram

Wool-on-the Hoof

1st           Bridget Wilson ewe (champion)

2nd          Ivor Coates ram lamb (reserve champion)

3rd         Vicki Hammond ewe

Fleece Competition

1st Angela Gilbert; 2nd Charlotte & Chris Slee; 3rd Angela Gilbert

Next Year 2014 Show Dates….

5  May 2014
22-24 May  2014
Tel:  01392 446000

28 May- 31 May 2014

Tel:  01749 8222200
5 June- 7 June  2014
Tel:  01208 812183

24 July 2014

Tel:  01566 775483
26 July   2014
Tel:   01884 821815

30 July 2014

Tel:  0136 473 657
27 July 2014
Tel:  01803 732813

28 July  2014

Tel:  01409 261288
6 August   2014
Tel:  01769 560205
7 August 2014
Tel:  01404 41794

14 August

14 August 2014

Tel: 01840 261236

Tel:  01837 861322

20 August  2014
Tel:  01747 823955
21 August  2014
Tel:  01308 423337
6-7  September 2014
Tel:  01305 264249

News & Events In 2012

Results of One Day Shows in the South West 2012 …please click this link for results of Totnes, Woolsery, Melplash, Okehampton,  Gillingaham & Shaftesbury, Mid Devon and Honiton Shows

2012 AGM for SW Region held at Old Feniton Village Hall, near Honiton. 39 members attended the AGM and we were all very interested to hear a report from member, Diana Willoughby, who had attended the NSA meetings. The Fortescue Cup for a promising young member, was won by Mathew Willcocks and the flock competition results were announced: Large Flock 1st Julian Newth, 2nd Angela Gilbert, Highly Commended Julia Staughton. Small Flock 1st Vicki Hammond, 2nd James Barlow, Highly Commended Sarah Throgmorton. Best Overall Vicki Hammond, Best Novice Flock James Barlow. Highly Commended Bethan Keenor Best Pen of Ewe Lambs 1st Julian Newth, 2nd James Shinner, Highly Commended Chris Slee. Best Ram 1st Julia Staughton, 2nd Vicki Hammond.  I would like particularly to thank those  members who brought some delicious food, and all those who beavered away in the background washing up and clearing up afterwards. After lunch we had an excellent talk by Val Grainger, who used to run “the Woolly Shephed” She told us how to get the most from our skins and meat, and how to identify the best fleeces. There was also a photo competition as the breed promotion team always need good photos fro the boards. This was won for the second year running by Chris Slee, with Vicki Hammond as runner up.

Above Julian Newth and Vicki Hammond who won the Large & Small Flock Cups in the Flock Competition.

Winning photo by Chris Slee from the AGM photographic competition at the SW AGM

Flock Assessment & Competition September 22/23rd The flock assessment and competition was entered by 12 members in the SW. This year it was particularly relevant as so many shows had been postponed or cancelled. The newer members were especially appreciative of the helpful remarks by the two judges, Dave Tuffney and John Fozzard. The judges were particularly impressed by the wool quality throughout the flocks they visited in the South West.  We are enormously grateful to them for coming from such a huge distance and covering nearly 900 miles over the week-end.

Jacob Sale at Sedgemoor 13th September 2012  Catalogue  Chris Slee, on behalf of the SW region was very helpful in liaising with Greenslade Taylor Hunt for the Jacob part of the Sale in the SW in conjunction with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Show & Sale. Please see full report separately in Journal.  Most members who had entered thought this was definitely a worthwhile exercise in such an excellent and easily accessible venue with good facilities and some reasonable prices for most Jacobs, but hoped there could be a few changes, for instance the timing of the Jacob part of the sale, if this is to be repeated, hopefully as an official sale next year.

Wedding of Pete Boyne from Dawlish (Member 4314) & Amy. A lovely wedding on a beautiful sunny day, the bride and groom appeared outside the church under an arch of shepherd’s crooks, and then Amy braved sitting in a link box on the back of a Massey Ferguson 35, driven by Pete, to get to the reception. The cake of course featured a Jacob sheep in the decoration. We wish them very best wishes and look forward to seeing them showing again next year.

Young Handlers Day 12th August 2012  This was held at Burrow Way, Dalwood, Axminster, EX13 7ES  by kind permission of David & Mary Biggs (Member No 3402). We were very fortunate to have their considerable expertise at preparing sheep for show for the benefit of thirteen youngsters from 4- 14 yrs old.   Halter trained ewe and ram lambs were provided….please see Facebook link for results of the competition. Here David Biggs with some young volunteer’s help is washing a lamb for show

Open Day July 1st 2012. This was held at Judy Bell’s Allerbrook flock, and we are most grateful to both Judyand her daughter Cyrena for organising such a good felt making demonstration with Gerda Hatton-Ellis. Over 40 attended the day and some went on to make unique felt pieces. Meanwhile Geoff Connabeer kindly demonstrated hand shearing a sheep, even allowing a young member to have a go. Chris Slee and Pete Boyne kindly showed newer members how to prepare a sheep for show. We all had a good tour of the farm and were entertained by various animals and poultry, including nine baby Tamworth cross Saddleback piglets, Shetland cattle and calves, goats with quituplet kids, hens and chicks, geese, horses, donkeys and of course Jacobs.

Gerda Hatton-Ellis demonstrating felt making. Jean Blacknel, Field Officer, talking about a pen of sheep
Below left: Cyrena Bell taking members on a farm walk   Below Right: Three stock rams

Jacob Sheep in full flight!

The Main Shows 2012

Royal Cornwall Show 8th June 2012 judged by Helen Baillie. There were some fine sheep brought forward for judging in very wet and blustery conditions. Christopher & Charlotte Slee won both Overall Breed Champion and Female Champion with their ewe and Reserve Breed Champion with their Shearling Ewe. Stephanie Cornelius won Male Champion with her ram, bred by Clive Richardson. The JSS SW stand was kindly set up by the Slees, but had to be partially dismantled in the eary afternoon when the sheep marquee was out of bounds and in danger of being blown down!

Charlotte & Chris Slee with their Champion Ewe and Reserve Breed Champion Shearling ewe

Helen Baillie judging the ewe lambs   

The sheep marquee next day after evacuation

Royal Bath & West Show May 30th 2012 judged by Stephen Dodsworth. John & Anna Milner won Champion won the Breed Champion with their Ewe, and Chris & Charlotte Slee won the Reserve Breed Champion with their Shearling ewe. Congratulations to them all….photos will be added later. The JSS SW Regional Stand won a Bronze Medal in the Agricultural Section. Many thanks to Chris & Charlotte Slee for setting this up.        Photo below shows Stephen Dodsworth judging the ewes running free.

Above: Champions (see above)  at Royal Bath & West

Devon County Show May 2012 judged by Trish Baker  David & Mary Biggs won the Male Champion with their ram lamb and also Female Champion with their ewe. The overall champion was their ewe. Christopher & Charlotte Slee won the Points Cup. Many congratulations to them all.

The JSS SW Region Stand also won the Best Trade Stand at the Devon County Show , mainly thanks to Vicki Hammond putting in a lot of effort and producing some superb boards. Also to Jane Moor for bringing and demonstrating with her spinning wheel and peg rug looms.

news & Events in 2011

SW AGM  23rd October 2011

Minutes of the Meeting … on title

The Fortescue Cup: This was awarded to Young Member, James Barlow from Simonsbath for his dedication to his sheep. Well done James!

James Barlow receiving the Fortescue Cup at the Sowton Village Hall from Angela Gilbert

SW AGM Photographic Competition at the AGM

Well done Chris Slee who won first and second prizes with these really nice images. Roy Tucker’s photo was highly commended

1st Prize Photo Competition                                               2nd Prize

Highly Commended

Interbreed Congratulations: David & Mary Biggs won the Interbreed Championship at Honiton Show on August 4th with their shearling ewe, who had already won Breed Champion at Devon County, Royal Cornwall and Okehampton Show. What an accolade! Many congratulations from all in the South West Region.

Other New Members: A warm welcome is extended to the following new members who have joined the JSS, within our region, since July this year. We hope they will  join in some of the activities within the Region and also have a go at showing their sheep in the near future.

Flock & Membership No 4829  Mr D & Mrs EJ Tucker:  Kawton Flock from Blackawton, Totnes, Devon

Flock & Membership No 4833  Mr C M & Mrs H J Greenhalf: Chaffecombe Flock, from Copplestone, Crediton , Devon

Flock & Membership No 4834 Mrs C Brooker: Fitzpaine Flock from Cary Fitzpaine, Yeovil, Somerset

Flock & Membership No 4837  Mr B J Young: Swanwick  Flock from Swanage , Dorset

For details of the SW Open Days that were held in May and July please scroll down.

  1. FAO All SW members who registered lambs in 2010 in the JSS Flock Book 

The Chairman, Gareth Jones writes on May 29th 2011     “As you know this years Flock Book contains a number of errors. As a temporary fix an errata has been included with the books recently despatched but we will need to put the books right.(For those books collected from the AGM I have asked Louise to send on the errata) The correction job is going to be a mini project for someone rather than delay the day to day work of the Office.  Can you therefore please ensure members in your regions are aware that the Flock Book will, in due course, be put right.”

News Letter November 2011  ….click on this title to download (PDF file)

News Letter June 2011   ….click on this title to download (PDF file)

Breed Promotion: NSA Sheep South West 14th June 2011

The Jacob SW Stand at NSA Sheep SW on June 14th. Two shearling ewes from the nearby Compton flock

The Simmental Cross herd and the trailer ride round the farm

Thousands attended this event in glorious sunshine.  The Jacobs attracted numerous visitors and many new enquiries about membership.

 Shows 2012

Monday 7th May 2012  Uffcombe Sheep Show This is held as part of Uffcombe Cuntry Fair, Bridwell Avenue, Near M5 Junction 27.

This show is ideal for those who have never shown before, or just starting with Jacob Sheep. Schedules from Stan Bowden tel 01884841170  relevant classes for Jacobs are Native Pure Breed; Best Pair of Matching Sheep (if entered previous class.) Best Turned out Sheep (if entered previous class.) Best Horned Sheep, Best Group of Three, Wool on the Hoof and a fleece competition. Also a home made item made from wool. You also need public liability insurance to cover to cover third party risk.

For other 2012 show dates and contact details please scroll down

Main Shows in the SW Region

Devon County Show May 2011

Photo shows David Biggs, holding the cup with their shearling ewe (Breed Champion) and Charlotte Slee with her senior ram (Reserve Breed Champion), with judge Angela Gilbert

Royal Bath & West June 1st 2011

Winners at Bath & West Show : Jerry Strong with his ram (Breed Champion) and John & Anna Milner’s Shearling ewe, being shown by Mavis Carden (Reserve Breed Champion, and Female Champion). Ron King (Centre) from Wales judged.

Open Days in the SW Region

July 17th 2011 Halsbury & Furzdown Flock Open Day Visit.


Members attending watched Vet Liz giving her Ram Assessment. Here she examines one of the Slee’s shearling rams. 

          Christopher Slee’s ewe lambs             Jean Blacknell going over points to look for in ewe lambs

On left: Anna Milner presenting the South West Wool Cup for the Best Fleece to Vicky Hammond, and on right: Christopher & Charlotte Slee tying the teddy “jockeys” onto the sheep.

Over the hurdles, Pink winning Just!                                        On right: Red Jockey ready to go

Uphill this time and red jockey winning!

The Open Day near Bideford was kindly hosted by members, brother & sister Christopher & Charlotte Slee and their parents Marilyn and John.  50 Members attended, so we split into two groups. One group were taken round Charlotte’s flock and the other group were given an interesting talk by their vet Liz, and a practical demonstration on assessing rams, which was extremely useful to most members. Points to look out for in a ram coming into season were looked at, as well as the ram’s most importants assets, which were measured using an Eblex tape measure. The shearling ram, one of their seven, came within the correct parameters! The groups then swapped round, the second group seeing Christopher’s flock.

Following this, Vicky Hammond was presented with the first prize for her fleece and the South West Wool Cup by Anna Milner. Second was Angela Gilbert, and third Julia Staughton. 9 fleeces were brought forward for judging. Anna remarked on the excellent quality of all the fleeces entered.

After lunch mostly provided by catering friends of Marilyn, with an extra pudding and teas and coffees kindly added by Marilyn, everyone gathered round a pen of ewe lambs as Jean Blacknell spoke on different aspects of what to look for in the Jacob breed, for the benefit of newer members, and a reminder for older members. She then continued with the conformation of Jacobs using the pen of excellent senior rams to demonstrate the qualities to look for.

Sheep Racing followed. The 6 “racing” sheep were penned up one end of the course by Christopher and Charlotte, and then had teddies tied onto their backs using leather strpas, Marion’s sister having knitted different colours for the jockeys. Geoffrey Connabeer then sold some raffle tickets, and members chose which sheep they thought would win. Racing was on a fairly long course, downhill one way, over some upturned troughs as jumps, with the going “soft”. Sheep were encouraged to move, by their sheepdog. At the end of the course the sheep had to go through a hurdle width finishing line to the feed troughs. A few “jockeys” fell off and those sheep were eliminated! Returning uphill, the sheep with the lighter jockey won. Later on in the barn, the 16 kindly donated raffle prizes were drawn depending on the winning sheep’s colours. Christopher and Charlotte had gone to so much trouble training the sheep every day for a week, and setting up bunting, and the course too and we were all very grateful. They then both showed us round their individual flocks, for those that had missed one of them. Many thanks are due to the whole Slee family for putting on such a professional and enjoyable day for members.

May 8th 2011 Juxton Flock Open Day Visit

Photos show Simon Schwerdt near the Dovecote, Sasha Schwerdt showing us their Red Devon Cows, and the Juxton ewes and lambs in the orchard.

This Open Day was held near Taunton, Somerset, by kind invitation of Simon and Sasha Schwerdt. We were all taken on a fascinating farm walk, seeing the Red Devons, the Jacobs in the Orchard, the doves and the lake and all the building works that have been going on to restore their barns using heat exchange energy source. Sasha had prepared a delicious home grown lunch, and then we had a short talk by Janet East about Breed Promotion. This was followed by a short talk by Sasha about the flowers and herbs she uses in cooking and sells to local restaurants. Regional Committee member, Peter Hunt, then gave an interesting talk about introducing bee-keeping to  livestock enterprises and his undoubted bravery encountering and using  “the Buckfast bee” in his own business!. Gareth Jones, Chairman of the JSS attended this event.

Recent New Members:  We were very glad to see some of these recent new members at our latest Open day.

Mrs CJ Murphy “Pennant” flock No 4789 from Lostwithiel, Cornwall; Messrs CD & SD Braime “Watershead” flock No 4791 from Okehampton, Devon; Bryn and Peter Gorringe  “Shutecombe” flock No 4805 from Bere Ferrers, Devon; and Mrs C Dean “Gilbury” flock No 4808 from Lostwithiel, Cornwall;

Congratulations: to Vicky Hammond who won “Highly Commended” for her Wool Cup entry at the AGM in Cumbria.

Breed & Your Flock Promotion: If you can make an A4 advertisement of your flock, this could be added to the folder that goes round the SW larger shows and may help sell your sheep! Don’t forget to put down your Flock Number and name, and contact details address tel no etc. Suggest you print it out and put in a plastic sleeve. Please send to Jackie Williams asap.

Photographs: If any member has some up to date sharp photographs for this page, please do send to the e-mail address above, preferably with a caption!. Jeanette Connabeer sent this one in, so we could do now with some close ups! Best size for this page is no larger than 300x 300 or 300 x 200

These nice pictures were sent in recently of ewes and some young lambs….

Twins from the Tooma flock (No 3526) in Cornwall April 17th 2011, and nice head shot May 26th of one of their ram lambs

New arrivals at the Crann Dair flock near Totnes Devon 21st April 2011

2012 Show Dates


7 May 2012



17-19 May  2012


Tel: 01392 446000


30 May- 2 June 2012


Tel:  01749 8222200

7-9 June  2012


Tel: 01208 812183


26 July 2012


Tel: 01566 775483

28 July  2012

Tel: 01884 821815


25 July 2012

Tel: 0136 473 657


29 July   2012

Tel: 01803 732813


30 July  2012


Tel: 01409 261288

1 August   2012


Tel: 01769 560205

2 August 2012


Tel: 01404 41794

9 August 2012


Tel: 01837 861322

15 August  2012


Tel: 01747 823955

23 August  2012


Tel: 01308 423337

1-2 September 2012


Tel: 01305 264249


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For Hire – Hightown Hawthorn from the Heavenly Flock for hire. tag number 4263J39. Please contact Liz Denton, Ponchydown Flock or 01884266007

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