AGM weekend 8/9 November 2013
In the now time honoured fashion members from across England & Wales gathered in South West Wales for the traditional flock visit followed by the AGM & Annual Dinner.
For the flock visit we made our way to Llanerchaeron, a National Trust property which was bequeathed to them by Mr. J.P.Ponsonby Lewes who died in 1989 & was the last of ten generations who have lived & worked at Llanerchaeron over three & half centuries.
Llanerchaeron is a fine example of an eighteenth century Welsh minor gentry estate which has survived virtually unaltered. This was immediately evident when our host, Delyth Thomas (farm manager) explained the layout of the farmstead comprising rick yard, farm yard & garden yard leading up to the estate house. A particularly fine range of original stone buildings comprising cow shed, calf shed, stables, pig sties & corn barn surround a central yard leading out to a rick yard with fields beyond.
In the fields we viewed the Llanwenogs kept as a closed organic flock of 38 ewes & 20 ewe lambs all being mated pure to an Alltgoch ram to enable the flock to be expanded. Processed carcasses of surplus progeny find a ready market based on their farm assured status & being a native breed from the National Trust. Organic status is considered of less importance by customers. We also saw the farm’s pedigree herd of twenty April calving Welsh Black suckler cows with progeny sold both as finished & store cattle. Welsh pigs housed at the buildings complete the range of livestock kept on the farm.
After lunch we were able to look round the ‘villa style’ estate house designed by John Nash who was better known for designing Buckingham Palace & Brighton Pavilion. It is always a pleasure to visit a Llanwenog flock but with so many other points of interest it was certainly an enjoyable day for which we thank Delyth Thomas & her colleagues.
The day rounded off with the AGM at which Huw Evans & Margaret Brain were re-elected as committee members joined by Steffan Davies & Gareth Lloyd as newly elected members. The evening finished with a very enjoyable annual dinner at the Grannell Hotel, Llanwnnen at which Phil Stocker, chief executive of the NSA was guest speaker.