Clun Forest Sheep have their best Royal Welsh Show ever winning the Supreme Champion of Champions, Supreme Native Interbreed Lowland Champion, Reserve Supreme Pairs Champion and finishing top 6 in the Interbreed Group Championship
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We would be delighted to meet Clun Breeders at the Sheep 2018 Event on Wednesday 18th July . The Clun Stand is no. 17 in Wye Hall, with the sheep provided by Gary Phillips and his Meadowland Flock from Carmarthenshire.
Clun sheep won the A.O.N.B. Championships at 3 of May's County Shows starting with Del Knowles taking the crown at Notts County Show. This was followed by father & son, Mike & Tommy Eckley, winning at the home of the Clun breed in the Shropshire County Show at the beginning of the bank holiday weekend. In was then new breeder, Anna Pennell, who finished off May in style by winning the Northumberland County Show. Well done and thank you to all 3 flocks for keeping the breed in the public eye and turning out great sheep.
Ted Wolley is simply a legend in the Clun Forest Sheep world, having taken over as secretary in 1945 following his demobilisation from the RAF, when there were 240 flocks and guiding the society to the peak of over 1,100 registered flocks in 1967 when he passed away. His reputation for organisation and professionalism was second to none and we are pleased to say that after being in storage since his death over 50 years ago, his Clun photographic archive of over 300 unique images spanning his 22 years in office have now been released and digitally copied for the on line archive. Specially, thanks must be given to his daughter, Janet Woodroffe, who has made this possible. Also congratulations to Janet on recently being awarded the MBE for her services to the Girl Guides. Below is a small selection of those 300.
2018 saw another Irish export following on from those in 2017. This time it was Irish breeder Jim Croke of Co.Tipperary, who imported 10 in lamb shearling ewes from A.E.Williams & Son and their renowned Pen-y-Wern Flock. Jim is well known in the Zwartble Sheep world with his Tullamain Flock being crowned All Ireland Supreme Champion 2014,15,16,& 17. When Jim was asked why choose Cluns, he replied, "I was visiting a farm that keep Cluns and Zwartbles in Ireland and I was just so taken by them and their alertness as I entered the field and I have to say it was love at first sight. My friend told me a few weeks later that the man that she bought her Cluns from was indeed retiring from the sheep business. After researching the breed and learning how rare they were, we felt it a pity to see their numbers diminish further. This led to the decision to buy 3 lambs who subsequently turned out to be in lamb. Seeing how well the Cluns raised their lambs, being fabulous mothers and an extremely resilient breed just cemented the decision to start breeding pedigree Clun Forest Sheep." The ewes, which are by Sarnesfield 01052 and Guifron 00009 are all in lamb to Menutton 05008, arrived in Ireland in early January 2018 and are now lambing in their new home. Pictured below are the ewes in the December 2017 snow (prior to export) in their native Shropshire hills; then housed at Tullamain prior to lambing; finally the first Clun lamb to be born there. Good luck in 2018 to Jim and our other registered breeders in Ireland: E.Adamson (Kilroot Flock, Co. Antrim), L. & E.Skelly (Shanaghan Flock, Co. Down) & K.Rowley (Swinford Flock, Co.Mayo). If you have an unregistered Clun Flock in Ireland then drop us a line and register your flock.
Past CFSBS Chairman, Ralph Fulton, has donated a number of photos to the 'Clun Photo Archive' page, which has certainly filled some gaps for the Royal and the Royal Highland Shows of the 1970's and 80's. The Babraham Flock was founded in the 1950's by Ralph's father Tom, who managed the flock at The Institute of Animal Physiology, Cambridge and was very successful at the Royal and Three Counties Shows. Ralph has been instrumental in the establishment and the growth of the Clun in Holland and is still a regular judge at the Dutch Annual Show in August each year. Here are a few of those new photos.
Following our Facebook, Website and Newsletter appeal for anything Clun Forest Sheep related in the Autumn, there has been a host of new material copied from various breeders both past and present. Those who have provided artefacts include Pip Davies (Fields End Flock), Jeff & Pam Chilman (Kinsham Flock), Frank Gwilliam (Guilden Down Flock), Kath Thomas (Buckland Flock), Edna Spice (Fieldway Flock), Grace Davies of Painscastle, Roger Williams (Pen-y-Wern Flock), Mrs Lyke (Lawtonbury Flock), Marie Thomas (Ford Abbey Flock), David Sanders (Upper Ledwyche), Margaret Deakin of Craven Arms and most recently John & Jill Watkins (Cwm & Millend Flocks).
There are new photos from the 1930's to the 2000's, society cups that had lain in attics for 50 years, and catalogues of Clun Sheep sales from 1916 (nine years before the society was formed) to the mid 1980's. In the gallery below there are just a taste of the 100's of new items which are being digitally recorded by Mike Eckley
See more at http://www.clunforestsheep.org.uk/clun-photo-archive.html
Where will this fabulous breed take us next!