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October 2016 Newsletter

I hope this Newsletter finds you all well! For those of you who attended the Shows over the summer, well done. You may have seen some results being posted on the Society's Facebook page. If you attend a Show please email me the results and I will post them on! It doesn't matter if you were in a mixed class. All results count!

Membership

Membership is due for renewal on 1st October of each year. Only paid members will be entered in the Flock Book this year.

Online payments

If you prefer to use Email to forward documents such as ram/ewe registrations, and you wish to make payment online, please ensure you quote your Flock No and state what the payment is for or Email the Secretary to advise.

AGM weekend
Friday 4th November 2016

7.30/8.00pm - Informal meeting/catch up at the Castle Green, Lampeter, SA48 7EF

Saturday 5th November 2016

10.15am - Visit to Newgate Flock No 99
1.00pm - Visit Llaethliw Vineyard
2.30pm - The Secretary - Grassroots
Evening :-
6.30pm - AGM
7.30pm - Dinner at Cefn Hafod Inn, Gorsgoch

full details here.

Flock returns & Flock book

Please ensure you complete and return the enclosed Flock Returns by the due date of 19TH OCTOBER!
The Flock Book will be done after the AGM. Only paid members will be entered therein and sent a copy.

Website

Remember you can advertise on the website. Either advertise your flock for a yearly fee of £20 or if you have sheep for sale £5 for a one off advert.
Please also refer to the website for forms or information. I will be endeavouring to ensure it is kept up to date as we go forward.

Calendars

These will again be produced for 2017. They will be available for distribution at the AGM or by post. order form here.

Communication

The Society will be continuing to correspond more through Email in order to reduce the costs of postage etc. We are also happy to receive any registration forms via Email in order to save your postage, with payment made online!

Ear Tags

Z will be the letter for registering Ram Lambs and Ewe Lambs for 2017. It would also be useful if you could include your Llanwenog Sheep Society’s Flock Number as well as your UK Number i.e.
UK123456 111 Z123

Sale at Shrewsbury
provided by David Henson

The dispersal sale of the Brithdir Flock of Llanwenogs took place at Shrewsbury Auction Centre on 24 July 2016 in conjunction with The Traditional, Native and Rare Breed Show And Sale. A large number of breeders had travelled long distances to attend the sale of 81 Lots and support Sylvia Henson and John Dalton, who are selling their farm due to ill health and relocating to the West Wales coast.

60 Ewes and their lambs with interesting bloodlines met keen trade with a top price of 155 gns to average £132.50.
17 Yearling ewes sold to 128gns to average £109.50
I Yearling Ram sold for 94 gns ( £98.70)
3 Aged Rams topped at 405gns to average £245
Auctioneers Halls

Melton Mowbray Sale
provided by David Henson

There was keen demand for Llanwenog females at the Tradional Native Breeds National Sale at Melton Mowbray on 10 September with buyers travelling from North Wales, Northumberland and Leicestershire. A number of potential buyers went home disappointed.

Top price of 220gns for yearling ewes went to Jill Bennett (Tallentire), who was dispersing her flock, followed by 160gns for A Hodges & Sons (Charndon).

Ewe lambs from David Henson (Bradden) sold to 100gns.
Averages 6 Yearling Ewes sold to 220gns (average £178.50)
2 Ewe Lambs sold to 100gns (average £92.12)
Auctioneers Melton Mowbray Market Auctioneers

Society's Annual Show & Sale at Llanybydder
provided by Dai Williams

The favourable ensured that there was a definite buoyant feeling at the 57th annual Llanwenog Sheep Sale and Show held at Llanybydder Mart on 27thAugust 2016. With stock selling to customers as far afield as Cumbria the popularity of the breed is encouraging. It was refreshing to see a number of newcomers attend the sale; this can only be described as being an undeniable positive for the Society and the sustenance of the breed.
Mr Henson, chose the reigning Royal Welsh Champion the Alltgoch Ram exhibited by Huw Evans as his Champion which sold for£530. Champion Ewe was the well matured yearling presented by the Society’s President, Mr E Morgans of the Glwydwern Flock selling for £32 above average for £130.
The ever popular Young handler classes were well supported, being presented with the Bradden Cup for Champion Young Handler was Miss Evans of the Penrherber Flock.
Of the 196 animals presented a total of 150 were sold. Top of the sale at £640 was the eye catching Alltgoch Ram who was presented to a high standard by Huw Evans, who has attained top price slot for the last 5 years. Top price for the opposite sex went to the delightful yearling from Coedyfoel superbly turned out by David Pittendreigh who sold for £135.
4 Aged Rams were forward selling with an average of £420.
10 Yearling Rams forward averaging £326
7 Ram Lambs forward with an average of £280
The grand number of 82 Ewes were presented with an average of £98.00
51 Ewe Lambs forward averaging £64.00
Auctioneers: Evans Bros

Merchandise

The Society have now organised a supplier to provide us with a range of clothing with the Society's logo endorsed thereon. All orders will be made to order and therefore your Flock name etc can be added. order form.

Grassroots

Most of you will be aware by now that the Society have invested in the Grassroots system. This is a database specifically for Breed Societies to keep all their information in one place and to be able to extract relevant information/reports as and when required. However, it will only throw out what we have put in!

Therefore, when I receive all your Flock Returns this year, they will be entered on Grassroots and this will update all member's information. We will also be recording all paid Membership. If Membership is paid, it keeps you in the 'current' list and you will continue receiving all correspondence from the Society and will be included when we run the Flock Book report. However, any non-paid members will automatically be put in the 'lapsed' list and will not receive any further communication until payment of Membership is received. It will also mean that you will be unable to register sheep etc. This is something that was not easy to be able to keep track of previously and therefore some members may have paid membership late but still been able to register!

With regards the sheep registrations. The last 20 years of sheep registrations have been entered on the system! However, they are entered and currently attached to the flock who originally registered them. In order to get the system accurate, we need to get everyone's flock on Grassroots to match the actual flock in the field! Therefore, enclosed, is a printout from Grassroots of the list of sheep it currently thinks you have! Please go through the list and cross off anything that you no longer have. If you've sold them, just mark it sold (I don't need to know who to) and if you know it has died, please mark it as this! Please then add anything you have in the field which is not on this printout. Please note that I have not entered any of this year's registrations on the system yet and if you have sent them to me, no need for you to add them to this printout. For some Members, this is not going to be an easy task and therefore there is no time limit to receive these back, however, the sooner you do it, the sooner your Flock on Grassroots will be up to date and easy to manage!

From 1st October 2016, In order to keep your flock on Grassroots up to date you need to advise the Secretary when you have sold any stock and to which Member or just note to Non-Member. This can be done via Email, text or post. I understand that there is enough paperwork associated with movement, there is no time limit to advise the Secretary. You can request an Email version of your Grassroots Flock at any time.

Important Dates

19TH OCTOBER 2016 - This is the date that the various forms enclosed need to be returned to me by!

5TH NOVEMBER 2016 - AGM WEEKEND and all Ewe or Ram Registrations if you wish them to be included in this year's Flock Book/Ewe Registration booklets

© 2017 Llanwenog Sheep Society. All rights reserved.
Secretary, Delyth Williams, Neuaddlwyd Uchaf, Ciliau Aeron, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA48 7RE Tel: 01545 570501

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