FURZEHILL SHETLAND SHEEP -    REGISTERED SHETLAND SHEEP LIVING IN DEVON
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AUTUMN

ShareTHE LEAVES ARE BEGINING TO CHANGE COLOUR,THE NIGHTS ARE DRAWING IN WITH A CHILL IN THE AIR,THOUGHTS OF GETTING READY TO PUT THE TUP IN WITH THE EWES.
THIS YEAR WILL BE OUR FIRST FULL YEAR AT COPPERFIELDS MANY THINGS HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE LAST NOVEMBER AND AT LAST THE PLACE IS  REALLY TAKING SHAPE.
THE EWES ARE QUITE SETTLED NOW AND ARE ENJOYING THE DIFFERENT PADDOCKS  AND SEEM TO LOVE THE CHANGE EVERY TWO OR THREE WEEKS.
WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT ARE LATEST ADDITION COMING TO JOIN THE FLOCK VERY SOON, ANTON WHO IS BY HEIGHTS ORION.

Okehampton Show

THE END OF SHOW SEASON FOR THE FURZEHILL FLOCK,
OKEHAMPTON SHOW WAS THE LAST FOR US FOR THIS YEAR, ITS BEEN A GOOD YEAR WITH SEVERAL FIRSTS AND SECOND PRIZES AND A SPRINKLE OF THIRDS AND FOURTHS.
OKEHAMPTON WAS A LITTLE DAMP THIS YEAR BUT AS ALWAYS A GOOD SHOW.
WE HAD FOUR SHETLAND BREEDERS AT THE SHOW AND FIVE  ENTERED.NEW TO SHOWING AMANDA AND DAVID BOWEN WHO TOOK SECOND PLACE WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL RAM LAMB IN A CLASS OF 21 MIXED RARE MINORITY AND RARE BREEDS ALSO THIRD WITH THEIR EWE LAMB IN ANOTHER CLASS OF 19,WHAT A BRILLIANT START.

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WELL SHOW SEASON IS COMING TO AN END ONLY ONE LEFT OKEHAMPTON ON THE 11th OF AUGUST.HOPEFULY WE WILL GET A GOOD TURNOUT AND FINGERS CROSSED DARE WE HOPE FOR SHETLAND CLASSES FOR NEXT YEAR.
ALL IN ALL WE HAVE HAD A GOOD SEASON WITH 1st's 2nd's, 3rd'S &4ths SO WE ARE MORE THAN PLEASED.
WE ENJOY SHOWING ARE BEAUTIFUL SHETLANDS AND TO GET THAT RIBBON AT THE END OF THE DAY IS THAT SPECIAL BONUS,BUT GETTING THE SHETLAND BREED OUT THERE FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE WHAT VERSATILE SHEEP THEY ARE IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.

Mid Devon Show

THE WEATHER WAS BRILLIANT FOR THE MID DEVON SHOW,WE ARRIVED IN PLENTY OF TIME SO NOT TO MUCH STRESS.
SO MANY BEAUTIFUL SHETLANDS THE QUALITY IMPROVES EVERY YEAR WITH BIG CLASSES AND MORE BREEDERS.
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTINA WHO TOOK THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A GEORGOUS BLACK SHEARLING WHO REALLY DESERVED TO WIN.
WE GOT A FIFTH AND A THIRD, FIRST FOR WOOL ON THE HOOF.
AND OUR FLEECE CAME FIRST AND THEN WENT RESERVE CHAMPION SO IN ALL WE HAD A GOOD DAY,THE ONLY BLIP ON THE DAY WAS ARE FRIENDS COULDN'T MAKE IT WHICH WAS SUCH A SHAME.

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.Less than a week and we will be showing at the mid Devon show .Three lambs need training and the rest need a little work,(or should I say a lot of work)
The weather is against us once again the fields are muddy and the grass which is growing well is having an adverse effect on a few lambs,and they really don't like their ends washed.
Mind you I don't like the job either and for some reason I always get the short straw.I think Jodie should get this job.
Tomorrow a job I really dislike a couple of shearlings have got to go down the line,this is something I don't like and I don't seem to get used to it.

Liskeard Show

ShareThe weather was good to us this year at the liskeard show,with big classes and some quality sheep.First up was the ram class with Jodie taking in Furzehill Dillon as usual Jodie did a brilliant job and got a well deserved third place.All the classes were well supported and we had some brilliant support from friends.
Two good friends came along to help show , Ann who had helped train lambs took sheep into the ring for the first time and did a really good job ,I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did.

Devon County Show

 We picked the little ewe to take to the Devon County early on in the season hopefuly she would give us a nice lamb or lambs,
We started lambing on the 10th of April lambing was going quite well with several beautiful lambs a good many black, a sprinkle of grey, a moorit, a few nice gulmogets.
The 28th of April two first time ewes one of which Domi our chosen ewe and Dainty are second choice,Dainty went into labour and after a quite difficult time we managed to deliver a very large ram lamb the little ewe was fine although very bruised and swollen ,Dainty as her name suggests is  small and finely boned ,I felt for her but she was happy with her new baby we were not overly impressed with this lamb but he is much improved now.

lambing continued

A quick update well we have twenty nine beautiful lambs out of sixteen ewes all done and dusted in under three weeks, well that is except for one first time mum who is yet to have her lambs, Mr T must have had a rest or did he leave the best till last we don't mind but we were hoping to show this ewe at the Devon County Show she is going to have to get a wriggle on if this is to happen.
We are very pleased with the lambs who are mainly black or black gulmoget it will be hard to decide which to sell this year if any body would like to visit please ring or email me you will be very welcome.

Day Ten lambing news

Day ten we have had a few busy days or should i say nights,we have got eighteen lambs from nine ewes ten left to go .We have some really nice lambs so far and very pleased with the two rams we have used, although I was a little concerned that Mr T hadn't seemed at all interested seven of his ewes have lambed and there are some really nice lambs amongst them.
One of his ewes lambed last night twin lambs one of each a black girl and a black shaela gulmoget boy both are nice and their fleece at the moment looks lovely.

lambing has started

Saturday the 15th Molly one of my favourite ewes looked a bit uncomfortable all day ,and 9.15 pm looked as if things were
beginning to move , from 1.30 checked her and the rest of the ewes approx every couple of hours what a long night 5.05 am Molly delivered a beautiful black gulmoget ewe lamb followed at 5.30 by a ram lamb also a black gumoget and by5.55 am she had a third another ram lamb  she is such a good mum and loves her babies,all babies up on their feet and appear  well and strong at the moment i will be posting more news as the lambs arrive these first babies are Dillons our home bred ram.