Rumwell Bleu du Maine
History of the Breed
Breed Characteristics
Rumwell Flock and Show History
Sire Reference Scheme
Testing for Genotype
Breed performance figures

Breed Characteristics

In 2003 my Show season was affected by an outbreak of Orf (pustular dermatitis) after the Devon County Show which hit the show team, the rest of the flock and me. I caught it on my hands and very painful it was too!

Only by the time of the Mid-Devon and Honiton Shows had the sheep fully recovered and we were winning Championships again.

The weather was very variable during the Summer and the photos show the great contrast between a very wet Saturday in late July and a blazing hot (84F)day in early August.

The sheep coped well to being alternatively soaked and baked winning the Breed Championship and Reserve Interbreed pairs Championship at Mid-Devon and the Reserve Interbreed Championship at Honiton.

Judging the Interbreed Pairs at Mid-Devon, the final selection

Breed Champions at Honiton Show in August

Aged ewe JER W11 shown by Simon Norman

An aged ewe JER W11 featured very strongly in both Championships.
She was Reserve Interbreed Champion at Honiton Show.
In 2004 she had triplet lambs rearing them herself.

Some stock was sold at the Worcester sale in September and here Rumwell Yanni was the Show Champion.

He was purchased by another breeder using a winning £250 voucher offered by the Society towards the cost of a stock ram.

John Davison Chairman of the Society and Andrew Reed
who bought stock ram Rumwell Yanni.

By late Summer the Orf infection had been eradicated and the stock were looking very well.
The ewe lambs which had been selected to be retained are shown here in one of the fields burnt dry by the late Summer heat

Ewe Lambs at Rumwell August 2003

By September, the ewes had been tupped.


Ewes at Rumwell September 2003

The last 3 months are the quiet time of the year in the sheep rearing calendar


In 2004, I was awarded the Society Flock Shield for the most points gained at Shows throughout the UK

Flock Trophy and lambs with ewes March 2005