April 2012 Newsletter
We hope this newsletter finds you all well and not too ‘soggy’ with what is looking like becoming the wettest April since records began, and we hope your lambing has gone well. The Society are working on some really exciting projects at the moment, one being the Cynnal Y Cardi and the other the Bridgwater College project, details of which are below. However one urgent point is that we are having a spring flock visit to Bridgwater College on 12th May and if you would like to attend please contact either myself or Lawrence Jones ASAP. If you are coming from West Wales and would like transport, Huw Jenkins is hoping to arrange a mini-bus.
BRIDGWATER COLLEGE & SPRING FLOCK VISIT: Bridgwater College now has a flock of Llanwenog Sheep and have had their first season lambing them, having used a Charolais tup. The flock is fully integrated into the curriculum using IT for record keeping, Website design as well as the more traditional agriculture.
The flock visit will take place on May 12th 2012, and intention is to meet in Bridgwater Market for breakfast and then go on to the college to be shown the flock and the systems that are in place. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a new flock in its infancy and see how they intend to record details and use them to develop their flock and the students’ education. A modern and unique view to sheep keeping.
Due to the close nature of the date please do contact us as soon as possible as we need to give detailed figures of attendees to the college.
CYNNAL Y CARDI: This is an exciting opportunity that has been explored through the Working Committee and Ceredigion County Council. It is a grant system that aims to support local societies. The Llanwenog Sheep Society is perfect as it ticks all boxes with the local breed, local history and local society. This has enabled us to access a grant for use over many detailed areas. We will keep you updated with the project as it progresses but the most significant aspect this month is updating our promotional literature. So we are currently in the process of producing a new leaflet and also looking to update the stand with a new banner, a liveried table cloth and more carrier bags carrying our new logo and also the Cynnal Y Cardi logo. This will really progress the branding and the impact of the sheep and society.
LAMBING COMPETITION: As a reminder, the cut off for the lambing competition count is 1st June. Forms can be downloaded from the website, alternatively there is a copy of the form at the back of this newsletter (this can be photocopied). As with all types of competitions not only is it a bit of fun but details such as lambing percentages are valuable pieces of information for the society.
SHOW SEASON: Yes the show season is just around the corner again. As Officials of the Society we wish to remind you of the show etiquette that we request you adhere to at all shows:
Please note the following guidelines:-
Dress Code while showing
- Please wear a white coat.
- Shirt/tie, dark/plain coloured trousers/skirt.
- Appropriate footwear (no flip flops)
- All sheep to have been clean shorn after the 1st January of the current year.
- Llanwenogs are shown trimmed.
- No substances containing toxic chemicals or bloom or colour to have been applied.
- No animals should enter the show field if they have any contagious or infections e.g. eye infections/orf.
- White halter.
- Ensure you clear/pull off most of the straw from underneath belly/feet before entering the show ring.
- Baby oil may be applied to the face.
Please ensure you have adequate supplies of straw, hay, feed, water buckets, hay nets/holder, hard food troughs etc.
Please can we ask you to pay specific attention to the ‘no colour to be used’rule, as under no circumstances is the fleece to be artificially whitened nor the legs or face artificially coloured. Any such activity will be addressed promptly by officials. We ask that should dying be suspected, as with any other such concerns, that it is reported to Llanwenog Show Officials immediately.
SHOW SUCCESS FOR 2012 SEASON:
As in previous years, once again we have published a list of last years show successes in the flock book. The 2012 show season is upon us and we ask you kindly to record the successes you have (forms on the internet or please contact me direct and we can either e-mail or post you one) to enable us to publish a comprehensive list in this years Flock Book. We very much hope that this will encourage members to continue to enter in Rare/Native & traditional breed classes across the UK.
RAM REGISTRATIONS: There is a slight change in the dates for ram registrations.
All males which will be sold in the Annual Show and Sale MUST be registered between the 1st and 7th July 2012.
Whilst we are keeping the 1st to 7th September 2012 date as an administration point, we will also accept Ram registration requests at any time of the year. However, outside these dates requests will be processed dependant on other administration and time constraints. Please print off the forms from the internet, alternatively please let me know if you need paper copies by the end of May and we can send them out to you. The registration fee is £20-00 per ram.
Please keep in mind the breed type. See below.
Type of Excellence
Fine and hornless.
Black and free from speckles.
A small tuft of wool on forehead. At times this tuft extends in a thin line to join neck wool immediately in front of ears, but a distinct break is preferable.
Excessive or dark wool on head.
Brown or white patches of hair on face.
Bad mouth with overshot or undershot jaw.
Definite horn on either sex
Short and thin, set at elevated angle of about twenty (20) degrees.
Distance between ears comparatively narrow.
Very large and low set.
Compact with a fairly short neck, well sprung of ribs, strong loin and full thighs.
Poor size or weight for age ratio.
Weak behind the shoulder.
Males – uneven or very small testicles.
Black and free from speckles.
Poor feet and low pasterns.
Legs crooked or turned in or out.
Excessive wool on legs and white spots of hair.
Rather short, dense and of fine texture, free from kemp and black fibres (broglo).
Weight of fleece – two to two and a half kilos (2- 2½ kilos).
Loose or open fleece.
Black or brown wool on body.
Docked, in line with the minimum specified in current Animal welfare Regulations.
Docked too short.
Black wool in stump of tail.
REMINDER FOR ORDERING TAGS FOR RAM & EWE LAMBS 2012.
Year letter for 2012 crop of lambs will be S.
It would also be of great help if your LLANWENOG SHEEP SOCIETY FLOCK NUMBER could be included on the tags as well as your UK flock number e.g.
UK123456 666 S012.
Please bear in mind the new double tagging regulations when ordering your ear tags.
STOCK FOR SALE: For members wishing to advertise on the Society’s website, the cost will be as follows :-
£20.00 per year to advertise flocks.
£5.00 to advertise stock for sale up to 3 months.
If you wish to advertise your flock or stock please contact the Treasurer: Lynwen Jenkins on 01570 434 676 or e-mail email@example.com
REMINDERS OF IMPORTANT NEWS: As detailed in the March 2012 Newsletter:
Ram Lambs can only be registered if from a registered ewe.
This will be introduced over time and will be initiated for Rams born from Ewes with an S (year 2012) tag onwards. Therefore any ewe lambs born this year will need to be registered if you intend to breed and register subsequent male progeny.
OFFICIAL SHOW & SALE CHANGES
Following a year of changes in the show & sales, it has been agreed that the changes that were made to the Llanybydder Show & Sale, such as the use of entry fee instead of a levy and the layout of the pens etc will carried over for future sales.
Unfortunately due to lack of support during previous years the Official Show & Sale will not be held this year in Worcester.
SHOW & SALE CATALOGUES
This year we will not automatically send out Show & Sale Catalogues to every society member. Instead anyone who entered sheep in the sale and anyone who purchased sheep in the last 2 seasons will be sent a catalogue. In addition to this, entrants for this year’s sale and Show Officials will automatically receive a copy. Copies will also be available on request prior to the sale & will be available at the sale as well as being published on the website.
ALTERATION TO FORMAT OF AGM & FLOCK BOOK
In order to streamline administration and ensure timely delivery of the AGM statutory information, it has been proposed to split the AGM information from the flock book. Therefore the AGM information will be sent in October and the Flock book will be sent in the following February to members who have paid their subscription. This will enable the flock book to be completed with up to date information arising from the AGM and accurate data for the year ahead. There will be more details available in subsequent newsletters.
The Society welcomes a new flock:
453 TIR-Y-WERN: Mr & Mrs Gwynne, Carmarthenshire
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
Saturday 12th May 2012: Spring Flock Visit to Rodway Farm, Cannington (Bridgwater College).
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2012 – The Royal Welsh Smallholder & Garden Festival Weekend at the RWAS Showground, Builth Wells. For further details contact The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society on 01982 554403.
Wednesday 1st June 2012 - Lambing Competition cut off date. Please send any entries to the secretary by the end of June 2012.
Sunday 17th June 2012 - The Three Counties Countryside Show, The Showground Malvern. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust will hold Llanwenog classes at the Show. For further details and schedules contact the Three Counties Agricultural Society on 01684 584900.
1st - 7th July 2012 – Ram Registrations. If you want to sell Rams at the official Show & Sale the relevant forms and payment MUST be received within these deadlines.
Monday 23rd - Thursday 26th July 2012 - Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells. For Schedules contact The Show Office on 01982 554403.
Saturday 25th August 2012 -Annual Show and Sale at Llanybydder.
Saturday 1st September 2012 – Closing date for the Flock Competition.
1st - 7th September 2012 – Ram Registrations.
Saturday 3rd November 2012.ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND DINNER.
At Ty Glyn, Ciliau Aeron. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Layland Branfield from Princetown.
And Finally: PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2012
This year we have several new categories, each category winner will go forward to win the ‘Llanwenog Photograph of the Year 2012’.
The Categories are:
LLANWENOG THROUGH THE SEASONS: Llanwenog sheep in all weathers.
FLOCKS IN THE FIELD: Capture the very essence of the ‘Flock’
TUPPING TIME: Catching the mood and atmosphere of these Autumn months.
LAMBING TIME: Demonstrating the fun and life of Spring and newborn lambs
SHOW TIME LLANWENOG: Primed and ready for show Llanwenogs.
We are very keen to have photographs that showcase the breed characteristics, such as good mothering, produces twins, sturdy & lively lambs, docile and ‘smart’ looking sheep and are really keen to see good composition and some ‘fun’ photos too…. So keep snapping!
Photographs can be submitted by post or ideally by email as jpg, gif or bmp (a resolution of 300ppi gives optimum reproduction).
Please clearly mark the category entered and please give details of the sheep and the owners flock. In entering, the photographer gives permission for the Society to use the photograph for Society publicity, calendar and web site. This we hope will provide publicity for your flock and refresh and increase the range of photographs to publicise the breed.
ENTRIES CLOSE ON 6th SEPTEMBER 2012
CYMDEITHAS DEFAID LLANWENOG
LLANWENOG SHEEP SOCIETY
Secretary Emily Addis
Preswylfa, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Ceredigion. SA48 7PN
Tel: 01570 471777
Closing Date 1st June 2012
Please return to the Secretary at the above address
Number of lambs reared
NOTE: - Lambs already sold qualify, providing proof can be produced such as Butcher’s/ Auctioneer’s pay slip.
Flock No: - ………………………………………………………………………………
Flock Prefix: - …………………………………………………………………………
Owner’s Signature: - ……………………………………………………………
Date: - ………………………………………………………………………………………