Summer 2014 Newsletter
The summer season is now in full swing. We had a successful presence at the Royal Welsh spring show and the NSA events at Scotsheep and South sheep. We are indebted to our members Andrew Elliott and Jo Hewitt who brought sheep to events. The main NSA events is at Malvern on July 30th we hope to see you there. I has become a most interesting one day show and an excellent venue at the three counties showground. I feel that these NSA events have grown too big to be accommodated on a farm and that show grounds are more suitable but I’m sure others will disagree.
Our open day at Abbey St Bathans in the Scottish Borders was an unbelievable success and our sincere thanks go to the Walker and Shell families for their hard work and outstanding Farm visits. This was the first time we had two farm visits in one trip and with the perfect weather and lovely lunch on the river bank it was a day to remember. As we returned from seeing the sheep on four trailers we passed through the yard of a neighbouring farm who were shearing. The shearers looked stressed, the sheep looked stressed and the dogs looked stressed and I don’t think they were very amused at about 100 of us giving them a hearty ‘Ha Ha’ as we passed!
I mentioned at the AGM how fortunate we are not only to have such good sheep to work with but the calibre of the members is so refreshingly positive and friendly, my personal thanks to you all. I also mentioned at our meeting that next year it will be 50 years since I started the breed and 12 years since we had our first open day here in Anglesey when the society was formed. I have now decided to take a less active part as from 2015 – about time some will say! What you, the members will do is up to you, the breed is growing but not yet big enough to justify a full time manager. It is possible to delegate either on a regional basis or split up the responsibilities such as finance, advertising, publicity, promotion etc. Think about it.
To round up the first chapter of the society we intend next year to return to our roots in Anglesey for our Annual open day, probably at the end of June 2015.