Other Shows & Events

 Wensleydale workshop: held at Wooton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire on 21st June 2015 generously hosted by Ann and John Griffiths. Read Ann’s report on the event:                
Nearly 25 members met to enjoy the first Wensleydale Workshop for many years.  What a friendly, enthusiastic meeting it turned out to be especially as the majority had not met before and welcomed the chance to talk Wensleydale. After coffee and introductions the day began with a visit to the sheep shed where sheep were penned for members to look at and discuss.  Sheila Leech, well known within the Association for her expertise with wool, showed her champion fleece and explained what to look for in a good fleece.  She then compared it with a fleece from a lambed ewe and everyone discussed its uses and qualities.  Many questions were asked and although answers were given by some of our more experienced members, wool still seemed to be a difficult topic and probably one which can only be mastered by constant and ongoing handling.

 

Over lunch there was a question and answer session whereby members asked about specific problems they were having within their flock.  Dirty backends seemed to be an ongoing issue with almost as many remedies as there were sheep with this problem!  Tags still were proving a problem for some members – tops popping off – cutting into ear – wool becoming wound round the central pin and tags tearing the ears, etc, etc.

After lunch it was back to the sheep shed where Sheila show-clipped one side of a yearling ewe paying special attention to the “skirt”.  Then it was thrown open to members to have a go – enough said – we’ll tidy her up tomorrow!  Yet more fleeces followed and how to roll them.

Jayne Dryden talked to members about flock plans and wormers and asked for questions on lambing.  4.30pm and time to go home but still they kept on talking!  Without exception everybody thought the day had been really worthwhile and had taken away with them something new they’d learned.  An email received today said that Sheila, David and Graham were such patient educators.  A big thankyou to them.

We were fortunate to have our Chairman, Graham Steventon, attend and he was asked by members to put various questions to Council when they next met and we look forward to their response. Jayne has offered to host a Workshop in the autumn so spread the word and come along and support it.

Ann

Ryedale Show, North Yorkshire, 2015

Congratulations to Ernie Sherwin for his success at Ryedale this year. He not only won the breed championship and the award of the new Jessie and Jack Watkinson Trophy, but also went on to win Reserve Supreme in the sheep show. The photograph shows Ernie in conversation with Adam Henson for a subsequent feature on BBC Country File (shown recently) bringing good publicity for the breed. Well done Ernie.

 

 

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