She didn’t study them at all in the pens but just bought from a farmer
listed in the catalogue that she knew had a good reputation. A friend
suggested she ought to join the Exmoor Horn Society and put the ewes
in lamb. After very little thought she borrowed a ram. Within a few
months she had been persuaded to enter Devon County show with her
lambs. Having only been born in April, competing against lambs born in
January, she didn’t win anything but loved the experience.
Inspired by the comradery between the Exmoor Horn breeders, she
decided to enter more shows and won some prizes later in the season
with her ram lamb, the most notable being rst prize at the Exford Show.
From then on, Jane fell in love with the Exmoor Horn sheep, decided to
breed more and went on to win more than 60 rosettes last year as well as
winning prizes in the ock and eece competitions. Last year her home
bred ram won breed champion ve times and was the Exmoor Horn ‘ram
of the year’. She also won many classes with her lambs and ewes. Jane gets
great pleasure in looking after her ock and will only show sheep she has bred herself. As she says “anyone
can go out and spend money on a trophy but not everyone can breed one themselves, I would not take any pleasure
in showing something someone else has bred. For me, it’s about taking a pride in breeding and nurturing something
myself. With my Exmoor grazing land, getting sheep into good condition ready for the Devon County Show can be
a challenge. Complimentary feeding is therefore very important to me and Crediton Milling have supplied me with
feed which my sheep do very well on.” The 2015 show season is underway and Jane has had some good wins at
Devon County, Bath and West and Royal Cornwall show.
Jane’s ock has gone from ten to one hundred and forty four,
despite selling a lot on the way and rather than bring in sheep to
eat up her grass, she’s had to buy more ground to feed her sheep!