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August 2010 Newsletter

Dear Member

ROYAL WELSH SHOW 2010

First of all may we congratulate Mr Huw Evans, Alltgoch on his success at the Show when his yearling ram Alltgoch L3004 took the Male and Overall Champion of the Llanwenog Section. A homebred ewe lamb from Alltgoch took the Female Champion. Congratulations also go to Huw Evans, Alltgoch on winning Reserve Male Champion with his ram and Gareth and Wendy Evans, Parcyrhos on winning Reserve Female Champion.

Members of the Society did well also in other Sections during the Show. May we congratulate them also on their success.

Members we urge you to send any show results forward, any major success that you have won i.e. cattle, horse, goats, pig or what ever else. Members are always pleased to hear the success that members of the Llanwenog Sheep Society are having.

ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE LLANYBYDDER – Saturday 28th August 2010

All animals must be penned by 10am. Judging of the Show will commence at 10 am prompt. The Sale will commence at 12-30pm prompt. Catalogues will be available shortly.

WORCESTER SHOW AND SALE Saturday 4th September 2010.

Catalogues will be available shortly.

RAM REGISTRATION 2010

As you are aware there will be no Ram Inspection centres for 2010. Rams registration forms will be accepted until 7th SEPTEMBER 2010 with the correct information as stated on the registration form. Register fee will be £20-00 per ram.

NO RAM REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.

All ram registration forms must be received through the post with the correct registered fee. A ram certificate will be issued for each ram.

SHOW AND SALES

There are a number of show and sales being held in the coming weeks. As Society we ask members kindly to provide plenty of bedding, fodder and water for animals which have to be penned over night at any events. (Please ensure that you take your own fodder and buckets etc).

EWE LAMB REGISTRATION SCHEME 2010

Ewe lamb registration scheme will be run as previous years. A minimum charge of £10-00 per flock will be made. The £10-00 will cover the registration of 10 ewe lambs. Any numbers over 10 will be charged a further £1-00 per head. The scheme is still voluntary.

REMEMBER THE LETTER FOR THIS YEAR IS M.

Closing date 1st October 2010. Any registrations form received after this date a charge of £2-00 per ewe lamb will be made. See enclosed details.

ELECTION FOR THE WORKING COMMITTEE

Four members of the Working Committee are due to retire this year. Namely Mr Ifonwy Lloyd, Cletwr, Mr Huw Evans, Alltgoch, Mr Philip Thornely, Newgate and Mrs Margaret Brain, Whiteparish. Members are invited to make nominations to serve on the Committee by completing and returning the nomination form enclosed (yellow in colour) to the Secretary by 7th September 2010.

N.B. This date is earlier than in previous years to allow for any necessary arrangements for voting by proxy.

FLOCK COMPETITION FOR 2010.

The Flock Competition will be held this year as previous years with the following rule.

This competition is divided into large and small flock sections. The dividing line for this competition is 55 females. In this competition only pure-bred ewes to be covered by registered Llanwenog rams are eligible for consideration and the flock must contain a minimum of 15 females, 20% of the total females must be ewe lambs retained for breeding.

New members are not eligible to compete in this competition during their first year of membership.

Closing date for this competition will be 1ST SEPTEMBER 2010, and the judging will be done during September or October. Judge for this year will be Mr Huw Jenkins, Gwynfaen Flock.

Further details and entry form enclosed. (Entry form green in colour.)

FLOCK BOOK 2010

Flock return forms will be sent out in September in order to prepare the 2010 Flock Book.

As last year we will give an opportunity for members to advertise their flock in the Flock Book. The cost of the advert will be £20 for half a page (A5 size) and £40 for a full page (A5 size). You can send all your designs etc to via email or by post. You can design your own advert or send the details to me.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Saturday 28th August 2010 -Annual Show and Sale at Llanybydder.

Wednesday 1st September 2010 – Closing date for the Flock Competition.

Details to follow nearer the date.

Saturday 4th September 2010 – Official Show and Sale at Worcester Cattle Market.  

Monday 6th September 2010- Closing date for the Photographic Competition.

Monday 6th September 2010 – Closing date for Dates of events to be included in the 2011 Calendar.

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th September 2010 – RBST Native Breeds at the Dairy Event and Livestock Stock at the NEC, Birmingham.

1st - 7th September 2010 - Closing date for Ram Registrations.

Thursday 23rd September 2010 – Closing date for the Flock Returns and Show Success results.

Friday 1st October 2010 – Closing date for the Ewe Lamb Registration.

Saturday 6th November 2010. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND DINNER. 

VOLUNTARY EWE LAMBS RECORDING SCHEME – YEAR 14 -2010

As you are no doubt aware, from 1st January 2001 all sheep permanently leaving your holding will require tagging with UK Flock number.

Due to the new legislation on sheep identification. It is considered desirable that breeders are able to purchase one tag which will comply with the Ministry regulations and can be used on all their sheep, but at the same time suitable for use on recorded ewe lambs.

  1. Participants in the scheme to purchase their own tags of whatever make or design they wish, but the tags MUST include the following information:
    1. on the top/front side the letter “UK” and your 6 (six) digit UK flock number as required by the Ministry;
    2. on the other side the year letter –which for 2009 is L – plus number identifying the individual animal and your flock number with the Society i.e. UK999999 999 L0044 or UK999999 999 0055M.

It must be emphasised that the year letter is necessary because otherwise the individual identifying number would rapidly become too unwieldy, particularly with the larger breeders. It must also be emphasised that if tags are used which include the wrong year (for example, those left over from previous years) that ewe will not be individually recorded – even if her details have been sent to the Society – as the ear tag details will not agree with the year letter and number recorded by the Society.

  1. You will then be provided with the necessary forms which must be correctly completed and return to the Secretary by the 1st October 2009. The cost of registration per ewe lamb will be £1-00. A minimum charge of £10-00 per flock. Any registration forms received after the 1st October 2010 the cost of registration will be £2-00 per ewe lamb. For the benefits of breeders new to the scheme please note:

The scheme involves:

  1. tagging the ear of each ewe lamb to be individually recorded:
  2. recording the details of the lamb’s sire dam (if identifiable) and birth type (single, twin etc)

IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE the following:-

Ewe lambs will NOT be accepted for individual recording if:-

  1. The ear tags do not show the information set out above;
  2. There is any doubt as to the sire of the lamb;
  3. The essential information requested on the Society from (see (ii) above) has not been supplied.
  4. The forms do not include you UK flock number;
  5. The official forms supplied by the Society have been used; or
  6. If the forms are received by the Secretary after the 1st October 2009. There will be a charge of £2-00 to register each ewe lamb.
  7. ALL REGISTRATIONS FORMS MUST BE FORWARD WITHT THE CORRECT FEE. NO PAYMENT – NO REGISTRATION OF EWE LAMBS.

The Secretary will give help to any participants who have problems with the changes to the scheme or have any difficulty in completing the forms.

FLOCK COMPETITION RULES

1. The registered flock must contain a minimum of 15 females and the flock’s owner must own a registered Llanwenog ram.

2. The dividing line between large and small flocks is 55 sheep (not including rams). 

3. 20% of the total females must be ewe lambs.

4. Any defaulters from points 1 to 3 above will be disqualified from the competition and the member fined £20-00 and not allowed to compete in the Flock Competition in the following year. 

5. There will be one judge who will judge for one year only and will do so in accordance with an approved marking system. 

6. The entry fee is £5-00. 

7. The prize money to be £20-00, £15-00 and £10-00 in each of the Large and Small Flock Sections and £15-00, £10-00 and £5-00 in the Ewe Lamb Section, with rosettes for 1st to 4th place in the Large and Small Sections and 1st to 4th place for the Ewe Lambs. 

8. The cups to be engraved with the name of the winner at the winner’s own expense, but the Society to pay for the band on the base. 

9. No other breeds or crosses to be mixed up with the Llanwenog Flock being judged and the ewe lambs to be in a separate block. 

10. Members to realize that if they only want expert advice about their flock they should not enter the Flock Competition. Instead they should bring their sheep to the ram inspection or to the AGM weekend assessment. 

11. The judge to be available after presentations of awards at the Annual Dinner to explain his markings to the competitors. Every competitor will be entitled to see his marks and compare them with the other markings, but the marks not to be available to non-competitors.

12. New members not to be eligible to compete in the first year of their membership.

13. Judging to take place in September.

14. Whenever possible the flock must be presented for judging in dry conditions.

15. Any flock receiving a mark of under 60% to miss a year before being eligible to compete again.

As a guide to members please find a copy of the marking system that the judge follows during judging. This marking system has been set by the Society.

EWES

Type

Conformation

Wool

Uniformity

Management

Total

Max Marks

36

32

10

12

15

105

EWE LAMBS

Type

Conformation

Wool

Uniformity

Management

Total

Max Marks

25

20

7

8

10

70

RAMS

Type

Conformation

Wool

Management & Suitability

Total

Max Marks

26

26

8

15

75

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Secretary, Delyth Williams, Neuaddlwyd Uchaf, Ciliau Aeron, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA48 7RE Tel: 01545 570501

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