Bridgwater College Lambing Fun Day
March 11th 2013 - LLanwenog Flock thriving despite flooded grazing:
Once again Lambing Fun Day (3rd March 2013) at Rodway Farm, Cannington (Bridgwater College) proved an excellent event for Town to meet Country with plenty to see & do both in & outdoors.
Keeping sheep at Rodway Farm has been a challenge over the winter as they all had to be housed in mid December due to flooding of the grazing area. For the first month they were fed silage only & subsequently straw & whole grain have been added to the ration . Despite this approach it has been difficult to prevent sheep putting on too much condition and there have been some problems with footrot. Neither would have been a problem had the sheep remained outside & been housed just four weeks pre-lambing as intended.
Despite all this the Llanwenogs looked well & have started lambing well.
Thanks to the farm manager Steve Jones our stand with new boards was well positioned opposite a pen of Llanwenogs & attracted considerable interest from members of the public wanting to see & hear about the breed. For the Society this resulted in a new flock enquiry & sales of merchandise tripling compared to last year. There is no doubt that professionally designed & produced stand boards with clear messages generate more interest.
Finally we must be grateful to Jim Burdge for his excellent commentaries on Llanwenogs during the day in which he emphasised that their performance equals that of other sheep on the farm & Llanwenog lambs finish earlier than other breeds."