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NSA Welsh Sheep 2015 Promises to be Very Special

NSA Welsh Sheep 2015 will be held at Kerry, near Newtown, on Tuesday 19th May and promises to be a very special and informative day out.

There will be something for everyone, with seminars, demonstrations, trade stands, competitions and a farm tour offering spectacular views as well as an insight into livestock farming at its best. The event will be opened by Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers Association, and will give Northern Ireland’s Ian Buchanan his first opportunity to meet sheep producers in his new role as British Wool Marketing Board Chairman.

Left to right Anabel and Geraint Powell, Mrs Sarah Powell, mother, Morton and Mandy Powell

Left to right Anabel and Geraint Powell, Mrs Sarah Powell, mother, Morton and Mandy Powell

The venue extends across two very different farming systems. They are independently run by two brothers and rise to 1400 feet above sea level, with spectacular views stretching almost from Shrewsbury to Snowdon.

The location is easily accessible from across Wales and beyond and offers something for everyone. A farm tour will take in the two adjoining holdings, where the two families are facing the same difficult question: how much longer will they be able to afford to produce top quality livestock?

Glanmiheli is farmed by the youngest brother, Geraint, with his wife Anabel, 19 year old son Lloyd and daughters, Rosie 21 and 16 year old Billie-Jo. The Powell family have all been keen showmen and are enthusiastic livestock farmers. But Geraint is concerned about future stability.

The event also takes in Drefor, farmed by Morton and his wife, Mandy, with teenage daughters Megan and Mary and son, David. The farm was purchased in 1996 and extends to 900 acres, 700 owned and with some rented ground just over the border in England.

The experience of farming in England as well as Wales makes the family appreciative of the Welsh Government’s approach, but they fear that the crunch is coming. Morton is hesitant about prospects for the future.

The five seminars at NSA Welsh Sheep 2015 have been devised to advise, inform, and stimulate visitors to the event. They cover a range of topics, from biosecurity, through sheep worrying by dogs, to anthelmintic resistance and will include a call for Government to work with farmers to incentivise a more pro-active approach to bio-security.

Mid Wales farmer, John Yeomans, will stress the importance of the authorities working together with farmers to enhance biosecurity. He will emphasise the benefits of efficient protection, rather than imposing a series of 'legislative hoops' for farmers to jump through.

He will join a panel chaired by Phil Stocker, and alongside Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, to stress the importance of a proactive approach. Mr Yeomans feels that more could be done to work with farmers, particularly during the busy Autumn breeding sheep sale period.

The multi-breed pairs of breeding ewe hogg show and sale is new. The prize money is generous at £575 per class and there has been UK wide interest.

There are three classes, native upland, native lowland and continental, based on the RWAS breed classifications for the Interbreed Championships. Fully paid up members of the National Sheep Association may enter ewe hoggs born in 2014 up to a maximum of four entries per breed and two per vendor, with both MV and Non MV Accreditation.

What's On
Here are just some of the great demonstrations, displays and competitions which will be taking place…

British Wool Marketing Board

The BWMB and CFW will have a strong presence and will be involved in a number of activities throughout the day. These will include –

A large trade stand area to raise awareness of the BWMB and CFW’s activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the work done on behalf of UK sheep farmers with displays and information on the latest wool prices and the various aspects of the organisation’s work.

This includes marketing and promotion and the valuable work of training new shearers. Staff and BWMB representatives will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions from producers.

Identify the Breed Competition

This will take place on the stand, with competitors asked to identify six fleeces from different breeds. The competition will help visitors to recognise the different qualities of a range of British wools and allow them to see why some are more suitable for various uses than others.

The winner will be announced on the BWMB stand at 4pm. He or she will be presented with a prize of a woollen product.

The BWMB will be involved in judging the NSA Young Shepherd competition. They will also be participating in ‘Gear Maintenance’ demonstrations throughout the day, advising shearers on best practice for maintaining their shearing equipment.

Celebrity Ready Steady Cook

This fun competition requires the entrants to serve up a lamb dish in thirty minutes. There will be two heats and a final. This year the competitors will be assisted by level 3 third year learners from NPTC Group.

Heat One – Erfyl Lewis, owner of the New Inn, Llanbadarn Fynydd, and Welsh Mule sheep farmer v Marcus Williams, Field Officer for Welsh Mule Sheep Breeders.

Heat Two - Geraint Powell, Host Farmer, v Jonathan Evans, Welshpool Livestock Sales.

Gwynne Davies will give a lively commentary on the proceedings. The winners of each heat will receive money to give to a charity of their choice, with the runners up receiving a large wooden spoon!

Cookery Demonstration

NPTC Group chefs Shaun Bailey, Tony Burgoyne, Mandy Carter and Chris Yapp will give demonstrations throughout the day in the Cookery Theatre. The chefs have extensive experience presenting cookery demonstrations, regularly contributing at the Royal Welsh Show. We aim to ensure that each demonstration is specially tailored to the event, the audience and location.

Farm Tour
Sponsored by Welsh Mules, Teme Valley Tractors and Poretequip

Two very different farming systems run by two brothers, rising from 600 feet above sea level to 1400 feet, will be open to show visitors. Visitors will enjoy a farm tour, taking in the two adjoining holdings and will showcase some of the best that Mid Wales has to offer, with views extending almost from Shrewsbury to Snowdon.

The tour will include a demonstration from Dales Agri Sales, who will be over seeding a field at the Drefor.

Flock Health Planning and demonstrations, incorporating Ritchey

Get to grips with proactive flock health management, including worm resistance, in the SCOPS area in a series of demonstrations run throughout the day.

Ibers Stand

Featuring the PROSOIL Project: Welsh Livestock producers working together with IBERS to tackle the challenges of soil management.

NSA Welsh Sheep Young Shepherd Of The Year Competition
Sponsored by Rumenco
This award is designed to test the entrants’ shepherding skills in a pentathlon of activities. Each entrant will be required to classify carcases, shearing, vaccinating and dosing techniques. Their ATV skills will also be tested and they will be questioned on flock management and health issues.

The competition winner will qualify to represent Wales at the European Young Shepherd of the Year Competition in France later this year. He or she will then go on to represent NSA Cymru/Wales Region at the national Finals at NSA Sheep 2016 at Malvern.

NSA Wales Region will cover all travel and accommodation costs for the Welsh Region representative to attend NSA Sheep 2016 in Malvern.

Sale of Ewe Hoggs/ Yearling Ewes

A multi-breed show and sale of pairs of breeding ewe hoggs/yearling ewes, with a prize pot of £575 per class, will be a key feature of this year’s NSA Welsh Sheep, Kindly sponsored by J G Animal health.


The topics for our seminars and the big debate have been carefully chosen to offer topical advice, information and thought provoking ideas, the majority of which can be taken home and implemented the following day.

Time Title Speakers Chair
11.00 - 11.20 Anthelmintic resistance, what’s the latest HCC’s Lynfa Davies, Techion’s Eurion Thomas NSA Next Generation Ambassador, George Gough
12.00 - 12.50 The Big Debate: keeping your flock secure, why and how Chief veterinary officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, Independent sheep vet, Peers Davies, Farmers, Richard Howells and John Yeomans NSA chief executive, Phil Stocker
13.00 – 13.20 Take the lead – your legal rights, and how you can take the lead Clark Willmott’s Daniel Gill, Farmers Guardian’s Olivia Midgly, Farmer, NSA Marches chairman, Kevin Harrison NSA communications manager, Jo Briggs
14.00 – 14.20 Flocks and foliage, complementary for more cost effective sheep systems Woodland Trust’s, Mike Townsend and Clare Morgan HSBC regional agri-director Wales, Euryn Jones
15.00 – 15.20 The roadmap to cost effective treatments - a little information goes a long way Novartis vet, Matt Colston RCVS HSBC deputy director business banking North Wales, Bryn Edmunds

Sheep Breeds

Forty sheep breed societies will each be displaying live sheep, with accompanying promotional material. Several sheep breeders will also be promoting their own flocks at the event.

Sheep Dog Trails

See up to 120 sheepdogs taking part in this competition over three sessions.

Trade Stands

More than 160 agricultural related trade stands will display their products and services at the event. Many will be giving talks and demonstrations.

Welsh Sheep Dog Society Display – part of the Farm Tour

The Welsh Sheepdog Society Ltd was formed in 1997 with a view to preserving and promoting the ancient Welsh breed in its working context. The Welsh sheepdog works in a completely different style to that of the Border Collie, on his feet with his tail up in the air, barking and never crouching.

The Welsh dog is well proportioned, rough or smooth coated and can be of most colours including black, black-and-tan, red, blue merle or roan, with or without white markings. The dogs are alert, with an active disposition and are highly intelligent. They are good guard dogs, barking at intruders, while normally gentle and good with children.

Welsh Hill Speckled Face Open Day

The NSA Welsh Sheep Event will provide an opportunity to get to know more about the Welsh Hill Speckled Face - Defaid Penfrith Bryniau Cymru. The society will also be staging a range of classes and say 'A Speckle puts a sparkle into your profits'.

The breed was developed from the Kerry Hill and Welsh Mountain sheep to withstand the rigours of the Mid Wales hills, but retain the size and quality of carcase demanded by today's increasingly quality conscious markets. The society says the Welsh Hill Speckled Face Sheep are the ideal bred for producing prime lamb and profit for both hill and lowland farmer. The hardy ewes thrive on hill and lowland.


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