NSA South Sheep - 8 September 2018
For the first time this event was not held on a farm, and in spite of having the infrastructure – roads, buildings and plenty of space, it was a little impersonal.
Graham and I decided to take 4 smart ewe lambs and used the photographs to illustrate other aspects of the breed. This worked well as many had never seen them (those that couldn’t pronounce them!).
We had a 10’ x 10’ stand and made a 9’ x 4’ pen on one side, the boards at the back and two chairs for ‘guests’.
Not a wasted trip, quite a number of people visited us, we had several enquiries – two of them serious. No one can tell what will happen but interest was taken. The main comments were “lovely bright heads” and “super wool”.
Although it is a two and a half hour drive, we felt that all in all a worthwhile exercise.
Margaret and Graham Brain
Whiteparish Flock 211
My IVA Project by Grace Whitcombe
Grace Whitcombe was this year's student at Bridgwater College who received the Bursary and her findings are contained within her report.
To read the Report please click here
Supporter's Group 2018 AGM and Flock Visit
This year the English Supporter's Group have arranged a Flock visit to Bridgwater College. All members are invited to attend as well as friends and family. Please let Alison Ayling now if you intend on attending.
For further information please click here
Bridgwater College Lambing Fun Day 2017
The annual event which hightlights the start of Spring!
Llanwenogs in the South West 2016
The South West region has a cluster of dedicated and active Llanwenog Breeders. The following report summarises some of the highlights of the past year .
Flock visit - 5th November 2016, Newgate flock
One of the hightlights of the AGM weekend is the flock visit. (write up here) This year, we will be visiting Philip and Hilary Thornely's flock near Aberaeron. They breed Llanwenog pure and crossed with the Roussin. They have also been breeding Lleyn sheep for the past 20 years and are interested in comparing the performance of these two maternal breeds.
Bradden Flock Visit
The spring flock visit is always a great way to catch up. This year David & Anna Henson are kindly hosting an open day on 14 May 2016 in Northamps. All are welcome.
Bridgwater College Lambing Fun Day 2016
Llanwenogs feature prominently at this increasingly popular annual event.
Bridgwater College student reports
Two students have been studying the performance of the Llanwenog vs the college commercial flock and their reports are now in. Their work has been funded by the Trevor Kelland Memorial Bursary.
NSA South West Event
A good turnout to this popular event brings the breed to a wider audience
Charndon Flock Visit
A rare chance to visit A Hodges & Sons flock on Saturday 10 July 2015. The Support Group AGM will be held in the morning, followed by lunch and the flock visit in the afternoon. All are welcome. RSVP by 6 July, please.
Ark magazine media coverage
Nice publicity for the Llanwenog Bridgwater college collaberation.Here
Llanwenog X bred lambs get thumbs up
Farmers are always experimenting with different crosses. Here is a success story for a Llanwenog tup on X bred ewes.
Bridgwater College Lambing Fun Day 2015
Llanwenogs feature prominently at this annual event.
Llanwenogs on Countryfile
The Baylham flock (239) featured in a piece focusing on a renewed threat of Blue Tongue disease.More here
Trevor Kelland Memorial Bursary
Details of the 2015 Bridgwater college bursary have been announced.
Bridgwater College Update
For the latest news on the agricultural college project studying the performance of the Llanwenog vs a commercial flock.
Llanwenog on the RBST watchlist
The RBST has just published their 2015 watchlist and the Llanwenog, with under 3000 registered breeding females, has been re-categorised 'Minority'.
ABC of farming
A new beautifully illustrated book introducing farm animals to the younger reader
November Flock Visit
A chance to visit Treberfedd farm and find out all about their award winning hobbit homes ... as well as their stock.
History of sheep farming
This book celebrates the impact of sheep on the British countryside including a mention of the Llanwenog. Like the front cover?
AGM & flock visit details
Sat 8 Nov will be a 2 site visit with the Cockburn Family, (flock 384) incl. Ty Glyn in Ciliau Aeron moving onto Treberfedd Farm in Dihewyd.
The AGM and dinner will be in the Grannell, Llanwnnen.
Sheep 2014 Malvern
The Society show stand and a number of members attended the National NSA event to promote the breed.
Breed Champion - 20 yrs in a row
A record breaking result for Huw Evans, Alltgoch. Getting a Royal Welsh championship is quite something, but an unbroken run such as this is a serious achievement. Huge congratulations.
NSA Sheep South
Presence at regional events helps to generate interest in the breed with the hope of encouraging new breeders.
July Flock visit to Bridgwater
A flock of Llanwenogs have been studied at the college for the past three years and performance statistics vs a commercial flock are showing very positive results. Details were revealed at a recent flock visit combined with the Support Group AGM.
Entry forms are now online - see forms. This year the official show & sale catalogue mailing list is being limited. For detailed explanation read on.
Society Secretary Vacancy
Applications welcome. The job spec for this position can be found here.
Llanwenog outshines the rest
A ewe from Brian Williams' Red Burrow flock came top in a class of 16 in the 'Any other Native Breeds' class at the Derby County Show. Quite a result.
Summer Flock visit 12 July 2014
This is to be held at the Bridgwater Flock in Somerset and is combined with the Support Group AGM. Full details of itinerary here.
Spring Visit - Pessall Flock
Saturday May 10th 2014 – Come and join us for what promises to be an interesting day out in the Derbyshire countryside by kind invitation of Maggie Wilson.
Bridgwater - Lambing Sunday
Lawrence Jones and Charles Horton attended the offical press launch of the 'Llanwenog Trevor Kelland Memoral Bursary'.
The aim of the bursary is to encourage students to analyse the commercial performance of the Llanwenog vs the commercial college flock. The 2013/4 bursary was jointly awarded to Zac Gratton & David Curryer.
Royal Welsh Winter Fair Results
A pair of Pentre Llanwenog butchers' lambs were judged Interbreed champions in the Lowland Pure Breeds Section. Congratulations to Arfon Williams & family. This is the highest performance for Llanwenogs ever at this show.Read more
Bridgwater College Project Update
A new bursary (in memory of Trevor Kelland) has been created to encourage Bridgwater agricultural students to study the performance of the Llanwenog vs the college commercial flock. This has been split between two students in this inagural year.
AGM weekend 2013
Catch up on the Society Annual General Meeting weekend events; highlights included a visit to Llanerchaeron, a picturesque National Trust property which boasts a flock of Llanwenog as well as the formal meeting and dinner.
2014 calendar now available
Interbreed 5 years in a row
Congratulations must go to Philip and Sally (A Hodges & Sons) Charndon Flock, for their performance at the RBST York Show in October - Interbreed champion again, making an incredible run of 5 years on the trot.
Huw Jenkins Concerns!
See the latest Issue of Smallholder magazine.....
NSA South Sheep
Sheep South West proved a lively event with a steady flow of visitors. Centrepiece was a display of a Llanwenog ram & a Llanwenog ewe with Beltex cross twins. Our "Guess the Combined Weight of the Lambs" competition generated much interest & discussion with 32 entries.
It was also good to see David Pittendreigh who was over from Wales for the day & visited the stand.
Farmer Jack's Run for RABI
Congratulations to Jack Cockburn, running as Farmer Jack, who completed last Autumn's Birmingham Half Marathon in one hour and 27 minutes. Jack raised £445.
Ear Tag letter & cancelled Flock Visit
The Ear Tag letter for 2013 lambs is T.
The Llanwenog Sheep Breeders Support Group Spring Flock Visit has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. You are all still invited to the Summer Flock Visit on Saturday 13th July 2013.
Bridgwater College Lambing Fun Day
Once again Lambing Fun Day (3rd March 2013) at Rodway Farm, Cannington (Bridgwater College) proved an excellent event for Town to meet Country with plenty to see & do both in & outdoors.
Spring Flock Visit - Support Group
The LLanwenog Sheep Breeders Support Group is organising a Spring Flock Visit on Saturday 11th May 2013 when we will be visiting Maggie Wilson, Pessall Flock 282.
News from our Chairman:
The new Treasurer for the LLanwenog Sheep Society is Marie Williams, the Annual Show and Sale at Llanybydder Mart Premises will be held on Saturday 24th August 2013, Sylvia Henson (Flock 315 Brithdir) has replaced Arfon William as the Area Representative, and the Annual Show and Sale at Llanybydder Mart Premises will be held on Saturday 24th August 2013
Rodway Farm Flock Visit May 2012
Our thanks are due to Steve Jones and Martin Heal for laying on a well organised and informative visit. The society looks forward to the information that will flow from this project and the many students and visitors to Rodway who will be introduced to the breed.