Countryfile Champions Lamb
The BBC TV Show dedicated a show to sheep.
They gave a detailed profile of lamb, mutton, wool, milk and cheese.
Anita Rani travels to Herefordshire to meet the city slickers who swapped corporate life for the country. Helen and David Pickersgill knew absolutely nothing about farming when they bought their first Lleyn ewes back in 2009. Now they sell top quality mutton including supplying high end restaurants in the area. Anita discovers that it’s the way the David and Helen treat the meat that makes it so special.
Neil Perkins was also interviewed in relation to efficiency of his flock and going forward.
Neil farms a large scale operation of 2000 ewes which are mainly Lleyn.
Click [here] to see the show, available on BBC I Player
Lleyn with a commercial focus
in North Devon
Robin and Emma were really delighted with the outstanding performance and maternal attributes that their Lleyn had demonstrated in their first year - 'their ease of management, their maternal qualities and their ability to make use of the poorer permanent pastures on the farm'. Therefore, although they no longer wanted to use the Lleyn ewes as embryo recipients, the Irwins made the decision to start up a larger commercial enterprise whilst retaining the MVA status of the farm. Read more [Here]
Society Encourages Breeders
to Record Ewe Performance
See pages 95 - 100 in the 2015 Handbook
or see webpage [Here]
Student Looking for help with Research
I am a current PhD student at the University of Liverpool investigating Schmallenberg virus in sheep. This autumn I am planning a large study in the southern most counties of England (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent) to determine if Schmallenberg virus is still circulating. This involves taking blood samples from over 130 farms (12 sheep per farm). I am looking to recruit interested sheep farmers to the study.
See further information [Here]
If you are able to help, please see contact details below:
Jessica Stokes BSc MSc MRes
PhD Student (Epidemiology)
University of Liverpool
to Email Click [Here]
A Solid Sale at Exeter
The ringside was busy all day at Exeter resulting in strong clearance rates.
Click [Here] to see the report
Click [Here] to enter
Royal Welsh Show Results
The Gwilym Williams Perpetual Trophy is taken outside Wales for the first time
The Geldard Family from Kendal sweep the board at the Royal Welsh
See the full report and photos [Here]
Fifteen Year Old Stanley Hibbert takes the championship at the Great Yorkshire
HRH Prince Charles visits the Lleyn in the show ring at Harrogate
Click [Here] to see the full list of results.
The 2015 National Lleyn Sheep Competition
Click [Here] to see the results