Llanwenog Sheep Society Flock Visits November 2011 (at the AGM weekend)
To host one of the annual flock visits at the Society AGM weekend is a daunting task; will the weather be fine, does the farm need a tidy up, will a decent number attend & how much food needs to be laid on … let alone the sheep, are they in the right places and are they fit for inspection by the visiting connoisseurs! In other words, a huge amount of behind the scenes work goes into each visit and all we have to do it rock up and enjoy ourselves.
Cwm March Visit, November 2011
On Sunday morning the visit was to Alun & Rebecca Evans’ immaculate Organic farm overlooking the Preseli Mountains and Cardigan Bay. Preseli Blue stones were used in the building of Stonehenge and it is mind boggling to imagine how on earth they managed to transport the giant boulders on such an epic journey 5000 years ago.
Winter Fair 28/29th November 2011
On a dry but breezy November day, nine pairs of Llanwenog lambs lined up in front the the Judge, Mr Matthew Brown (of Dunbia), at this year’s event. Needless to say, the crowd was up considerably from last year, with a record-breaking attendance on the Monday . The temperature was in double figures again this year – but +12 as opposed to last year’s minus 18! Spectators lined the ring expectantly as Mr Brown went through the judging methodically and thoroughly.
AGM WEEKEND 4-6TH NOVEMBER 2011
The AGM weekend is fast approaching, and we look forward to meeting our English guests on friday the 4th November for a meal and a chat at the Castle Green in Lampeter from 7 p.m. onwards. This has always been an informal occasion and a chance to catch up with friends old and new before the official AGM on the Saturday.
Saturday begins with a visit to the Glwydwern household, where you can always be assured of a warm welcome from Elfyn and Sharon Morgans and family. Set in a what can only be described a very picturesque part of Ceredigion, with breathtaking scenery and quality stock on show, this is sure to be an enjoyable experience.
Lunch will be available at the Cefnhafod Public House in Gorsgoch, only a few minutes away, which is a regular meeting place for many a Llanwenog breeder all year round. Remember to let the Secretary know if you would like to book lunch so that we have an idea of numbers beforehand.
The AGM this year will be held at TyGlyn, which is approximately halfway between Lampeter and Aberaeron. A popular choice for many functions, including weddings, this promises to provide a comfortable and homely location as the Llanwenog members try out pastures new for this year's meeting.
On Sunday morning, we will head down the coast road to Cwm March, Penparc, Cardigan. This will again give us the opportunity to appreciate the stunning scenery and landscape along Cardigan Bay and the chance to meet Mr and Mrs Alun Evans and his flock. Another warm Welsh welcome awaits you and we look forward to meeting members, both old and new on this weekend. I am sure we can make it a weekend to remember!
Evesham Show, September 2011
Many congratulations to Mr and Mrs Bomford (Sale Green flock) who had a very successful day at this show. Not only did they win the pure bred native ram class with their Llanwenog Aged Ram, but also went on to scoop the Pure Bred Native Champion with this Ram.
Llanybydder Sale 27/8/11
On a rather dull and dismal morning, members and prospective buyers alike got together at Llanybydder Market for the Annual Show and Sale. A total of 26 vendors from near and far had entered stock and a number of new buyers were present, which was encouraging for the Society. A total of 111 ewes were entered as well as 81 ewe lambs. Prices did fluctuate, with the highest price ewes going under the hammer for 160 guineas.
With regard to the Ram trade a total of 28 were sold, with the highest price of 380 guineas going to Huw Evans, Alltgoch, for the Overall Champion (Yearling) Ram.
Breeding Ewes – Top 160gns to M G Clegg, Llysonnen;145 to DL & R Jenkins, Beili Gwyn; 140gns/ 130gns to D H Jenkins, Llysfaen; 140gns to R D Edwards, Glanrhyd; Others to 135gns.
Ewe Lambs- Top 155gns to D H Jenkins, Llysfaen; 130gns 112gns to J I Lloyd & Son, Cletwr; 125gns to D T Pittendreigh, Plas Villa; Others to 120gns.
Rams- Top 380gns to H Evans, Alltgoch; 360gns to J I Lloyd & Son, Cletwr; 350gns to A Williams, Pentre; 310gns to H Jenkins, Llysfaen; 310gns to E Morgans, Glwydwern; Others to 300gns.
Ram Lambs- Top 250gns (2) to A Williams, Pentre; 240gns to G Evans, Parcyrhos; 230gns to J I Lloyd & Son, Cletwr; Others to 220gns.
Worcester Sale 3/9/11
Entries were fewer than last year for the Worcester Sale.This seemed to be reflected in all the breeds, not only the Llanwenog Section.The top price in the ewes went to BG & SL Williams (132 Guineas) for a pen of five.
Treberfedd Farm are holding an Open Day in aid of Charity on Sunday the 4th September. If you would like more details, please click on the link below or Telephone 01570 470672.Treberfedd_Farm_Open_Day_Poster.pdf
Young Handlers Royal Welsh 2011
It is with great pleasure that we report more success for the Llanwenog Breed in the shows, this time for Heledd Jenkins and her 2 year old Ram, Luc, who scooped the top award in the Junior Section of the Young Handlers at the Royal Welsh Show. The competition was fierce, to say the least, with 26 competitors in the class. Heledd has been showing Llanwenog Sheep since the age of 4, and now, aged 9, she has gained a wealth of experience in the show ring, not only competing in Wales, but in England as well.
The Judges this year were Mr Glyn King and Mrs Gaenor Isaac-Burrows of Llanelli, who took a while to come to their decision, eventually awarding 1st prize to Heledd. She was presented with an engraved Crystal Tankard and a Border Fine Arts Ornament, which I am sure will be treasured in the Jenkins household. Well done Heledd! Llongyfarchiadau Mawr!
A mention too for Gethin Morgans, Glwydwern, who was shortlisted in his Class.
Tivyside Show Report 9/7/11
Another memorable day for the Llanwenog Breed today as May Clegg scoops the top prize at the Tivyside Show. On this lovely summer’s day, the sun was smiling on us yet again, with the Ffarm Fach ewe taking the Interbreed Champion on the field. There was an excellent turn out in the Llanwenog classes with over 30 entries in total, exhibited by seven different breeders. The Ram class alone had a dozen entries.
The Judge for the day was Mr John Lloyd from Cynghordy, near Llandovery, with the Interbreed Championship judged by Mr Bruce McKay from Narberth, (a well-known commentator at the Royal Welsh Show).
Congratulations to May Clegg on this outstanding achievement, in a show where the competition is tough, to say the least.
Three Counties Show, Malvern, 19th June 2011
30 entries were forward for scrutiny by Mr Arfon Williams from North Wales to Judge. Top of the line in the Rams was Mrs May Clegg’s exhibit, followed by Huw & Lynwen Jenkins in 2nd and 3rd and May in 4th. Honours in the Ram Lamb Class went to Huw and Lynwen Jenkins with both 1st and 2nd, with May Clegg in 3rd and Jill Bennett 4th. The competition in the Ewe Class was strong, with Mr Williams opting for the James & Sue Money-Kyrle’s ewe for 1st prize , with May Clegg in 2nd and 4th and Huw and Lynwen Jenkins in 3rd. In the ewe lamb class, Mr Williams favoured the Gwynfaen ewe lamb with Jill Bennett in 2nd and May Clegg in 3rd. The Group of Three went to May Clegg, with Gwynfaen flock in 2nd and Maggie Wilson (Pessall) in 3rd.
Champion and Society rosette was awarded to the ewe of James and Sue Money-Kyrle, with May Clegg’s 2nd place ewe taking the Reserve Champion. Further success followed for the Champion Ewe at she came out top in the Interbreed Championship. Congratulations to the Ruardean Flock on this outstanding achievement. Yet another successful day to note for the Llanwenog Sheep Society.
A mention too for Heledd Jenkins (Gwynfaen) for her success in the Young Handler’s Competition being placed 4th out of 22 handlers.
Bath & West Show June 4th 2011
Congratulations to Jill Bennett on her outstanding success at this event in the Show Calendar. A mention too for Margaret Brain who also featured in the rosettes.
Full results are as follows:-
Section: Hill, Heath & Uplands
Shearling Ewe class
1st Jill Bennett, Tallantire – Section Champion
2nd Jill Bennett
Ewe & Lambs class
1st Jill Bennett – Reserve section champion
2nd Margaret Brain, Whiteparish
1st Jill Bennett ,Tallantire – then judged Interbreed Champion
Overall Champion Fleece – Jill Bennett
Winter Fair, Builth Wells, 29th/30th November 2010
In weather that could only be described as extremely cold, brave Llanwenog exhibitors nevertheless made the trip to the Fair and turned out what could only be described as an impressive display of lambs for all to see. The honours this year again went to Mr & Mrs Arfon Williams of the Pentre Flock, with John Green in 2nd position and Huw and Lynwen Jenkins taking 3rd and 4th place. 5th was awarded to John Green and the 6th place rosette went to Mrs Molly Watts of Narberth. The judge deliberated for a very long time before making his final decisions. Congratulations to all the exhibitors for making the effort to get there and put on a good show for us.
Visit to Cae Main Flock Sunday 7th November 2010
On a glorious sunny autumn morning, well over 30 members convened at Cae Main, Llanwnnen, home of the flock of Mr Pete Ebbsworth and family. As expected, a warm welcome was received, with refreshments including Bara Brith and Welsh Cakes, which were appreciated by all. Mr Ebbsworth gave a very informative and heartfelt welcoming speech which gave members an insight as to why he started keeping Llanwenog Sheep some 7 years ago, having been Chauffeur for Mr Huw Evans, Alltgoch Flock, as he went on his rounds judging the Flock Competition. Since then, the flock has developed significantly, with rosettes being won not only in the local shows, but also at prestigious events such as the Royal Welsh Show. Mr Ebbsworth thanked his friends present who have helped him along the way and given him support and advice whenever it has been needed.
We then went on to view the flock, seeing the ewes and rams first, followed by the ewe lambs. During the visit, Mr Ebbsworth kept all present well entertained with his informative and witty interjections. Having initially been apprehensive about the flock visit, he went on to say that he hoped that more members would now consider having visits to their flocks, and that by seeing what he has been able to accomplish over a relatively short period of time, they would then in turn be inspired to have a go and do the same. Thank you to Pete and the family for their hospitality and warm Welsh welcome.