March 2012 Newsletter
CHAIRMAN’S INTRODUCTION – Mr Lawrence Jones
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2012 which proudly displays our newly developed logo which will be progressively added to all society printed material over the coming months.
The newly established Llanwenog flock in partnership with Bridgwater College is progressing well & has been scanned to lamb at 178%. The farm manager Mr. Steve Jones considers this a good result in view of the fact that the ewes have not been on the farm for a full year & came from contrasting backgrounds. The flock is now housed on a TMR of maize & grass silage with added blend, caustic treated grain & straw to aid cudding. The ewes look extremely well & start to lamb around March 17th.
A further collaboration is planned with Ceredigion County Council to whom an application for funding has been made with the help of Gwenfair Owen from the council. If this is successful it will enable the society to develop its marketing strategy & improve its administrative procedures to reduce costs & reduce the burden on our secretary & treasurer. Our thanks go to Richard Edwards, Ernie Lewis, Philip Thornely & Emily Addis for pursuing this.
All these developments will strengthen our marketing efforts & I urge all members of the Society to actively support them. May I also draw your attention to the Society flock visit to Bridgwater College in May details of which appear later in this newsletter. Finally can I ask members wherever possible to accept communication by email & access forms etc. from the website. This considerably reduces our costs & administrative burden.
I cannot end this newsletter without thanking all members who actively support the society in so many ways & without whom it would not succeed.
With best wishes for the coming season,
Lawrence Jones (Chairman).
OFFICIALS FOR 2011-2012
Officials for the coming year will be.
President – Mr John Green, Blaenplwyf Flock.
Vice-President – Mr Les Jenkins, Beiligwyn Flock.
Chairman – Mr Lawrence Jones, Blackhall Flock.
Vice Chairman – Mr Philip Thornely, Newgate Flock.
Treasurer – Mrs Lynwen Jenkins, Gwynfaen Flock.
Secretary – Mrs Emily Addis, Preswylfa Flock.
Working Committee Members – Huw Evans, Alltgoch; Gareth Evans, Parcyrhos; Margaret Brain, Whiteparish; Philip Thornely, Newgate; Ernie Lewis, Lonarth; John Green, Blaenplwyf; Ifonwy Lloyd, Cletwr; Maggie Wilson, Pessall; Charles Horton, Nell; Lawrence Jones, Blackhall; Huw Jenkins Gwynfaen; Marie Annette Williams, Iet Goch; Philip Hodges, Charndon.
Competitions results 2011.
The following results were announced in the AGM 2011.
Lambing Competition – Small Flock.
1st Mrs May Clegg, Ffarm Fach (207% - 14 Ewes)
2nd Bronwen Berkshire, Brynare (205% - 18 Ewes)
3rd Jacqueline Webb, Keepers (200% - 10 Ewes)
Lambing Competition – Large Flock
1st Mr Philip Thornely, Newgate (175% - 97 Ewes)
Flock Competition 2011.
Small Flock Large Flock
1st Mr & Mrs Gareth Evans, Parcyrhos. 1st Mr Huw Evans, Alltgoch.
2nd Mrs May Clegg, Ffarm Fach. 2nd Huw & Lynwen Jenkins, Gwynfaen.
Small Flock cont… Large Flock cont…
3rd Mr David Henson, Bradden. 3rd Miss S Mills, Pengelli.
4th Mrs M Brain, Whiteparish & 4th Mr Charles Horton, Nell.
Mr Pete Ebbsworth, Cae Main
Thank-you to Arfon Williams and family for their willingness and enthusiasm to travel across the UK to judge all the entries.
1st Mr Huw Evans, Alltgoch.
2nd Mr Pete Ebbsworth, Cae Main.
3rd Mr David Henson, Bradden.
4th Mr & Mrs Gareth Evans, Parcyrhos.
Flock Master Competition
1st Mr & Mrs Gareth Evans, Parcyrhos.
2nd. Huw & Lynwen Jenkins, Gwynfaen.
3rd Mrs May Clegg, Ffarm Fach.
4th Mr Huw Evans, Alltgoch.
Photograph Competition Winners
Show Time Llanwenog –
1st Mr David Henson, Bradden Flock.
Llanwenog through the Seasons
1st Mrs Margaret Warren (on behalf of) Lesser Moorguards Flock.
Congratulations to everyone at the Winter Fair:
1st Mr John Green, Blaenplwyf.
2nd Mr & Mrs Arfon Williams, Pentre.
3rd Mr John Green, Blaenplwyf.
4th Mr Steffan Davies, Bryndolau.
5th Huw and Lynwen Jenkins, Gwynfaen.
6th Mr John Green, Blaenplwyf.
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 P012.
Please bear in mind the new double tagging regulations when ordering your ear tags.
STOCK FOR SALE
There is an opportunity for members to place an advert on the Society’s website advertising their flock and stock for sale at any time of the year. The cost of this 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 protected]
Thank you to everyone who agreed to have their names and addresses published on the website. This has allowed us to develop a new feature: the members’ directory. We hope that this will help prospective new breeders locate their nearest flock as well as act as an easy reference point for members who are electronically inclined. If you have a moment please go on and look at this service and do let us know if your details change or need modifying. We are planning to keep adding features to the website and will keep you up to date in future newsletters.
E- MAIL Addresses
If you would like to receive your newsletters and general correspondence by e-mail please send your details to [email protected],as not only will you receive all your news and updates 1st but it saves paper and postage costs.
IMPORTANT STOCK REGISTRATION UPDATE
At the last Working Committee it was decided that in order to improve pedigree information available:
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. 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 new flocks:
440-Bryn Waun; Mr H & J Scott Lowe, Ty Bryn Waun, Waun Fach, Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1RT.
452 – Ty’r Bont; Mr John & Mrs Helen Walters, Ty’r Bont, Taliaris, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 7DD.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Saturday 12th May 2012: Spring Flock Visit to Rodway Farm, Cannington (Bridgwater College). A flock visit has been arranged to view the recently established Llanwenog flock & discuss its progress as well as hear about other activities on the college farm. It is also planned to have a live demonstration of their electronic flock recording system. The visit will start at 11am & conclude with lunch. For anyone who wishes, we can meet earlier at Bridgwater market at 9 to 9.30 am for breakfast & to check out the trade before going on to Cannington. After leaving the M5 at J24 the market is on the North Petherton road on the left hand side. For Cannington Follow signs for the A39 to Minehead & 3 miles out of Bridgwater follow the sign for Cannington village. In the village centre turn right up Rodway Hill &the farm entrance is on the RH side over the brow of the hill. If you wish to join this visit please inform the Secretary or Chairman by April 28th at the latest.
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. This year we are pleased to announce that we have secured the same venue as last year that proved so popular: Ty Glyn, Ciliau Aeron. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Layland Branfield from Princetown, Devon
And Finally: PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2012
This year we had another great selection of photos for the calendar and were pleased to be able to represent all entrants. Another first - the calendar sold out and a re-print was needed!! I will give everyone plenty of time to get your orders in early to avoid disappointment.
This year we are keen to receive an even more diverse selection, therefore, we would like to open up 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 get 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