Our flock competition, due to be held during the autumn of 2021, may still be subject to the vagaries of the Covid situation. Held every four years, it is an opportunity for everyone to participate, no matter how many sheep you have or where you’re located on the British mainland. The entry form can be found on the Flock Competition page here
AGM 2020 - Saturday 12th December via Zoom. Sadly, our AGM for 2020 will not be our usual get together due to the current restrictions and it has now been rescheduled as a Zoom meeting for Saturday 12th December 2020 at 7.00pm. We welcome you all, as the more who attend, the wider the representation of views and suggestions to take the Society forward.
Could members wishing to attend on zoom please contact Steph (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that she can send out the relevant information and password beforehand.
This is also the time when nominations for council are considered. The position of Vice Chair is currently vacant and we’re actively seeking new members to join the Council. Meetings are held approximately four times per year and at the moment are being conducted online.
The 2020 Flock Registrations are now due and forms can be found here
Please note that late registrations will incur a surcharge of 50% on returns received after the deadline of 31st December 2020. i.e. Male registrations £22.50 each and females £6 each. Registrations received after the 31st January 2021 will not be included in the flock book and will still incur the surcharge.
We are delighted to announce that Derek Knowles has been elected as Chairman of the Clun Forest Sheep Breeders Society Ltd. We wish him a very warm welcome.
Great to hear from Charles Upham at Langallar Flock that his Clun lambs once again topped the Store sale at Exeter last week coming in at a great £93.50.
Great to read about Louise and Esther Skellys' County Down based Clun Forest Flock and Farm enterprise in this weeks edition of Farmweek. The Skelly's keep 35 ewes as the base for a 200 strong commercial flock.
The Royal Show Championship was for many years the the 'Holy Grail' of every livestock showman but 1990's saw a decline in the show and finally in 2009 the show ceased to exist. The judge that final year, Nigel Faulkner, has managed to find the historical moments of the last clun classes at the world famous show (captured by his wife Claire) and they have now been added to the archive page. There are 23 in total on the archive page, but here is a selection and we are hopeful that more will follow from Nigel & Claire. If you have any photos, press cutting or catalogue you'd like digitally copied and added then drop me a email at email@example.com
During this difficult time, the Society is saddened but understands that the following shows normally hosting Clun Breed Classes have been cancelled
Royal Three Counties Show 2020
Royal Welsh Show 2020
Great Yorkshire Show 2020
We hope you are all keeping safe and well.
2019 Show Season Champions
2019 turned out to be the most successful year in the Any Other Native Breed Section at agricultural show up and down the country with several new flock having great success along side more established breeders. In total Clun sheep won Championship honours at 25 show and then a further 8 had Interbreed success. There are more detailed reports on the 'Shows & Sales' page. Well done all those you made the effort and good luck next year
Where will this fabulous breed take us next!