The Cheviot Hills, from which this breed of sheep gets its name, form the border line between England and Scotland. The Cheviot Sheep Society was formed in 1890 and is one of the oldest sheep societies in existence.
South Country Cheviot
The 124th Annual General Meeting of the Cheviot Sheep Society took place on Tuesday 11th November 2014 to which a good turnout of members attended.
Office Bearers for 2014 - 2015 are as follows:
President: Alistair Warden
Vice President: George Irving
Hon Vice President: Norman Douglas
Secretary/Treasurer: Pat Douglas
Council: Fred Little, Ian Dodds, Andrew Elliot, Robert McTurk, Gavin McKinlay, Blair Cockburn
The Elliot family from Clenries Farm, Sanquhar, presented a trophy in memory of the late Billy Elliot of Clenries, for the Flock of the Year Competition. The winner in this first year was Catslackburn Farm, Yarrow. The photograph shows John and Sandy Elliot presenting the Quaich to Norman and David Douglas, along with Mr Robert McTurk who devised and organised the competition on behalf of the Society.
The South Country Cheviot is a white faced hill sheep from the Scottish Borders. The Cheviot ewe can be found up to 3000 feet and is expected to live off the hill throughout the year.
The ewe has fine hard white hair on her face, over the crown and on her legs which should have a fine, flat quality bone. The fleece should be dense and firm with no kemp or coloured hair. The rams can have horns.