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Sister and brother aim for the top at Devon County Show

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 15, 2013

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When 25-year-old Charlotte Slee, from North Devon, brought three Jacob sheep 10 years ago, little did she think it would be the start of a prize-winning flock.

Now she runs the Halsbury Flock with her brother Christopher, aged 22, on their parents' farm at Buckland Brewer, near Bideford.

At this week's Devon County Show they hope to recreate the triumph of last year when they went away with a coveted Special Prize (for the most points gained by a livestock exhibitor aged under 35) and an armful of rosettes.

Charlotte, who works full time on the farm, said: "Last year we had great success in the show rings and we'd love to be able to do even better this year."

The pair has been preparing the flock of Jacobs for many months, alongside working with their parents, John and Marilyn, who run a commercial sheep flock.

At the show they will split their time between the show rings and the Westcountry Crafts Marquee, where they will sell their luxurious woollen products.

Charlotte explained: "Jacobs' wool has many soft, natural colours in the fibre and it looks and feels wonderful when made up. Christopher decided to explore the market and has developed a range of woollen throws and products for the home. Traceability is of upmost importance to us and everything we're bringing to the show is made from 100% Halsbury Jacob wool."

There will be 1,400 sheep, along with 500 cattle, 300 camelids, 1,400 horses, more than a 1,000 dogs and lots of pigeons, poultry, rabbits and guinea pigs at the show. Among the cattle will be national shows for the South Devons and the Dexters.

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