Welcome to our website

Whether you have a particular interest in Wensleydale sheep, or are just browsing, please take a look around our site and meet a unique breed, stunning in looks and versatile in performance. Please click on the links to take you to information on the WLSBA, the breed, news and events, stock and items for sale, and lots of pictures. If you are interested in joining the Association details of membership and an application form can be found on the About Us page.

Our thanks go to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for grant monies awarded in 2014 to the WLSBA to fund our Grassroots registration database.

NEW POSTINGS

Secretary’s phone number – I only currently have my mobile number available and not my land line, so please contact me using that until further notice. I will generally be available to answer that and if not it has an answerphone for you to leave a message. Thank you.

Charlotte

07769810005

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Visit - Hosted by one of our Association members. For dates and contact details please see the end of the article. Please do come along if you can make it.

Challacombe Farm is a mixed upland livestock enterprise of 287 hectares located high on Dartmoor. The main business activities are beef and sheep rearing. There are currently 50 breeding cattle and 150 sheep, the cattle are mostly Welsh Black. The sheep are predominantly Black Welsh Mountain; all lambs are sold for fattening off the farm. The farm has commons rights on the East Dartmoor SSSI, and these are currently exercised. There is also a small flock of 20 pedigree Wensleydale sheep.
Most of the farm is extensive grazing over large areas of archaeology with a small area of enclosed improved fields which are managed for winter forage production and aftermath grazing. Some of the meadows are quite species rich and they are managed in a traditional way by hay making which creates a long term nectar source for bees and butterflies. There is a ribbon of County Wildlife Site wetland running up the valley floor which is good habitat for Marsh Fritillary and a rare Bog hoverfly.
Our address is Challacombe Farm, Postbridge, PL20 6TD. We would like to invite you to our farm for a gentle walk, bbq lunch and a cream tea on Sunday 14th August at 11:30 until later. Children and well behaved dogs are very welcome.
If you want to camp there is a nice quiet field or there are numerous lovely B&Bs close by too.
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WLSBA 2015 Registration Flock Book is currently at the printers but you can access a digital copy on the members page.
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The 2016 Registration Form is now on the members page. Members on email should have already received a copy, please email me if you have not received a copy and I will check my email list. I will be posting the registration form out to people not on email.

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The 2016 Skipton Annual Show and Sale Entry Form is now on the members page. Please note the closing date of the 29th July 2016 for paper/cheque entries through the post. However, I am happy to accept entries by email/BACS until the 5th August 2016. These are definite cut off dates so please do contact me on 07769810005 if you have any problems as I am happy to help. Next year, the form will be accessible on the website much earlier in the year. The show will be held on Friday 2nd September 2016 at 6pm and entry and insection will be between 4.00pm and 5.30pm. The sale will be held on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at 10.00am

The address is CCM Auctions, Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1UD

Please do consider joining us at the show as it is a great event to purchase and sell stock and also meet with other members to share valuable advice. The Association also has some beautiful rosettes to be won.

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Member’s web-link added to Wool and Wool Products page – 20 June 2016

Stock advert added to stock for sale/wanted page – 13 June 2016

Erratum corrected: new Association email address incorrectly stated in previous postings. This has been changed. The correct address is wensleydalesheep@yahoo.com – 11 March 2016

From 1st of January 2016 the roles of Honorary Secretary and Membership and Registration Officer have been merged into one role of Association Secretary. For all enquiries about the breed, membership, sheep registrations, show and sale events, Association matters and details of your local area representative contact: Association Secretary: Mrs Charlotte Durham, Alma Farm, West Witton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4UG, telephone 01969 623524, mobile 07796 910005. Email address wensleydalesheep@yahoo.com added to Contact Us page – 11 February 2016

 

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