Llanwenog Sheep Society in partnership with Bridgwater College
Autumn 2013 update
Bridgwater College continue to consolidate their Llanwenog flock having purchased a further fifty ewes this autumn from the Nell (363) & Langley flocks (338). Numbers are now evenly split between the Llanwenogs & Texel cross ewes with around 100 in each group making comparisons more meaningful. It is anticipated that in future years a proportion of Llanwenog ewes will be bred pure to secure homebred replacements & add a further point of interest for students in how to select the better performing ewes to breed pure. It is also hoped that with a bit of encouragement students will enter & take the Llanwenogs to local shows.
More recently the first award has been made of the Trevor Kelland Memorial Bursary. Following an interview by society members Charles Horton, Maurice Greenslade & Lawrence Jones the bursary of £150 has been split equally between David Curryer & Zac Gratton. Both are second year Level 3 agriculture students whose projects will be based on the performance of Llanwenogs compared to other ewes on the farm. David will be monitoring ewe & lamb numbers from tupping through to post lambing (ewe mortality, barren ewes, lambing %, lamb losses etc.) while Zac will compare ewe & lamb weights over the same period. Both are required to make their project reports available to the society.
Once again the society will have a stand at Lambing Funday at Rodway Farm in early March 2014 to publicise the breed to the public & hopefully sell some merchandise. This event will also be used to publicise the award of the bursary & get material to circularise to the agricultural press.
Finally our thanks are due to the College & farm staff for their continued cooperation & who more than once have expressed their satisfaction with the breed.
Lawrence Jones ( South West Area Representative)