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20th May 2016
Colyton Primary School Welly Walks
Colyton Primary School Welly Walks

We hope the children of Colyton Primary School enjoy the all-weather suits we donated for their welly walks! Pictured is Bridget from our Axminster branch donating them on behalf of Mole Avon.

(Thankyou to Pulmans View From Colyton for the photo!)

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19th May 2016
Champion Dorset Down at Devon County Show
Champion Dorset Down at Devon County Show

Congratulations to Robert Burrough, customer at our Axminster branch, pictured with his champion Dorset Down sheep at Devon County Show. We were very happy to sponsor this class!

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12th May 2016
Friends of St Andrew's and St Mary's Flower Festival
Friends of St Andrew's and St Mary's Flower Festival

Come and see our arrangement at the Friends of St Andrew's and St Mary's Flower Festival at St Andrews Church, South Tawton on 13th-15th May (10am to 6pm).
Admission is free, but donations for the ongoing restoration of the church are welcomed.
There will be refreshments, a cake sale, plant stall and draw. The event ends with a “Songs of Praise” service in the church on Sunday 15th at 6.30pm.

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10th May 2016
Tavistock Young Farmers Show & Sale
Tavistock Young Farmers Show & Sale

We were proud to sponsor the Tavistock Young Farmers Show & Sale of couples at Tavistock Market last week (the first of these events for 10 years for the club!)

We sponsored the Best Turned Out which was given to Beth Abel. Here's Helen Penna from our Okehampton branch presenting the prize.

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4th May 2016
Pink wrap and net for Breast Cancer Awareness
Pink wrap and net for Breast Cancer Awareness

We're going PINK again this summer to support Breast Cancer Awareness!

Pink TamaNet Edge to Edge 3600m and pink Volac Topwrap RS1900 are both available at Mole Avon, with a percentage of each sale going to local breast cancer charities.

(Pig from Hesketh Farm Park!)

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3rd May 2016
Devon County Show
Devon County Show

Have you got your tickets for the Devon County Show? Only 16 days to go! Tickets are available at our Town & Country Stores in Axminster, Crediton and Okehampton.

We are sponsors of the Inter Breed Sheep Championships again this year and sponsors of the breed champions for local breeds - Devon Closewool, Greyface Dartmoor, Devon & Cornwall Longwool, British Primative & Rare Breeds, Dorset Down and Whiteface Dartmoor.

This was our stand in the 1980s ... recognise anyone?

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20th April 2016
Devon Young Farmers 'Outdoor Activities Day'
Devon Young Farmers 'Outdoor Activities Day'

We were delighted to have sponsored the Devon Young Farmers 'Outdoor Activities Day'.

The Overall Group Results were:
1st - Haldon
2nd - North Devon
3rd - Exe Valley
4th - East Devon
5th - Tarka
6th - South Dartmoor

See our Facebook page for more photos.

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20th April 2016
Mini Smallholder & Farmers Market
Mini Smallholder & Farmers Market

As part of our Smallholder Weekend we will be hosting a Mini Smallholder & Farmers Market on Saturday 28th May at Mole Avon Axminster.

If you would be interested in coming along with your live poultry/produce to sell please get in touch - call us on 01297 32441 or email axminster@moleavon.co.uk.

For more information see our Facebook event.

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31st March 2016
Mole Avon Sheep Farmer Evening a Great Success
Mole Avon Sheep Farmer Evening a Great Success

Mole Avon Town & Country Stores held a sheep farmers evening at the Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum last month. The event featured guest speakers Dr John Vipond, SAC Consulting Senior Sheep Specialist, who talked about DUP supplementation of pregnant ewes and David Thornton, Technical Manager from Rumenco Ltd, who spoke about feeding ewes to maximise lambs survival. It was a huge success - a night enjoyed by all sheep farmers!

Here Mole Avon customers Roger and Dodie Huxter give a review of the evening:

“It was a full house for the evening with presentations by David Thornton of Rumenco and Dr John Vipond, a specialist in feeding analysis and research, working with SRUC. Both speakers stressed the importance of DUP (digestible ungradable protein), found in soya. Working with Dr John Vipond, Rumenco have produced a new feed block, Rumevite GrazeDUP, containing a high percentage of soya which optimises ewe and lamb performance on spring grass. It is particularly useful post lambing for just 4 weeks, helping in the important milk production peak period.”

“David Thornton also mentioned Lifeline buckets, an older product which most of those present must know by now, but something in which we personally have great faith.
Dr John Vipond emphasised the need to recognise the ewe's need for high energy intake and to ensure protein levels are sufficiently high to satisfy her needs in late pregnancy. Reduced appetite is a myth; it is smaller rumen capacity that needs to be acknowledged. To this end, the importance of having silage analysed, (free through Mole Avon), was mentioned to prevent over feeding of protein and to supplement silage with correct levels of energy and protein, to cut unnecessary costs and to avoid other pre lambing problems: prolapse, mastitis and twin lamb disease.”

“A complimentary drink to start the proceedings, a delicious shepherd’s pie supper to round off the event, an 'on the evening' only offer of a 10% reduction on the price of Graze DUP blocks made for a thoroughly interesting and informative evening.”

David Thornton comments on DUP supplementation; “The new Rumevite GrazeDUP block offers sheep farmers an easy and less disruptive way of feeding high quality rumen bypass protein to ewes and lambs after turnout.” Dr Vipond concludes “Here the new Rumevite GrazeDUP feed block is a forward step in sheep feeding.”

For more information on the GrazeDUP block or any other queries contact your local Mole Avon Town & County Stores; Axminster, Crediton or Okehampton.

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10th March 2016
Marching into Spring at Mole Avon
Marching into Spring at Mole Avon

It’s Saturday morning, cold and dry, which after the weather we have been having is a real bonus! At Mole Avon Town & Country Stores we have been out pricing and displaying some primroses and polyanthus that have been delivered.  

Being out in the sunshine got me thinking of jobs that I could be out in the garden doing now:

  • The first thing that came to mind would be to put some manure on the veg patch. Although it is still way too wet to dig, putting manure on  top lets it seep into the soil and also helps keep the weeds down.
  • The greenhouse needs cleaning, disinfecting and a smoke bomb used to kill any overwintering bugs or diseases before you start  sowing new season seeds.
  • Prune back apple trees, overgrown shrubs, clematis and dead material on perennials and top dress with quick acting fertiliser like  Growmore.
  • Prune bush and floribunda roses back to an outward facing bud with nice sharp secateurs and top dress with a high potash rose  fertiliser.
  • Buy your favourite varieties of seed potatoes and leave to chit in trays in a cool, frost free position with plenty of light to give you short  stocky shoots ideal for planting in the veg plot as soon as conditions are right.
  • Plant onion seed in trays then plant out later when conditions improve.
  • Plant shallots and garlic in pots and leave in a cool greenhouse to shoot. As soon as the weather is ok they can go straight outside in  the garden to get ahead.
  • Sow tomato seeds in trays to plant in the greenhouse for a nice early crop of home grown tomatoes.
  • Wash down paths, patios and decking with Algon or Patio Wizard to get rid of slippery algae.
  • Plant up some tubs with pansies, primroses and polyanthus for some lovely early spring colour.
  • Check out the seed stands at Mole Avon Town & Country Stores in Mill Street for new varieties of vegetables and flowers.
  • Dead head daffodils and feed the clumps with fish blood and bone fertiliser to feed the bulb, this will give you another lovely show next  year and help the clumps expand.
  • Most important when the weather is right – get out into the garden and enjoy it!


Paul Leach, Retail Sales Manager at Mole Avon Town & Country Stores in Crediton 

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