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
Strong Start to Show Season
The Clun Forest Sheep breed had an excellent start to this years show season with Any Other Native Breed Championships or Reserve Breed Championships at 4 County shows including Devon, Northumberland, Shropshire & Staffordshire. They were also on top at the prestigious Royal Bath & West Show at Shepton Mallett
SECRETARY - THE CLUN FOREST SHEEP BREEDERS SOCIETY
DUTIES TO INCLUDE: preparation of Minutes at Council meetings, accounts, collate registrations and subscriptions, production of annual Flock Book.
REQUIREMENTS: communication and organisational skills, computer literate. The position is available on a part-time, self-employed basis.
A full job description is available firstname.lastname@example.org. For an informal discussion please contact 07870 891322 / 01584 861221
A plea from Clun Breeder Lucy Gilbard
Farming friends (with sheep) please could you aid with my research and complete my survey! This survey is being conducted as part of my Honours Research Project in the Rural Business Degree at the University of Plymouth and the Duchy College.
If you are a livestock farmer within the United Kingdom, who has sheep, I would be very grateful if you could aid with my research and take five minutes of your time to complete this short survey.
This survey is interested in the current business practices and intentions of farmers post-Brexit.
This is your opportunity to have your say and weigh in on the great Brexit debate!
Thank you for your time.
Survey of UK farmers’ (with sheep) current business practices and intentions post BREXIT.Online survey BOSplymouth.onlinesurveys.ac.uk
Where will this fabulous breed take us next!