2022 OPEN DAY
The 2022 Welsh Mountain Sheep Society Open Day will
be held under the auspices of the Meirion branch in Cae
Poeth, Cwm Cynllwyd, Llanuwchllyn, Bala, on Saturday 1st
October 2022 at 1:00pm, courtesy of Glyn and Awena.
The sharing of vehicles should be attempted where
appropriate as the road and access to the location is very
limited. To reach Cae Poeth you will have to pass through
the village of Llanuwchllyn, over a bridge towards Dinas
Mawddwy. There will be signs on the road for you to
follow and we ask everyone to park on the Rhyd-y-Bod
farm fields (with thanks for their permission). You will
have to walk down the field to the small bridge over the
river Twrch and walk up towards the Cae Poeth yard. If
this is a problem it will be possible to get transport from
the field to the yard using an appropriate vehicle.
Cae Poeth is a 215 acer farm starting at 800ft above sea
level and rising to 2000 feet. There are 260 ewes and 80
yearlings. Lambing percentage was 150% for last season.
All ewes in the flock are put to a Welsh Mountain ram and
50 acers is grassland and the rest is unimproved habitat
land. There are 6 rams in the flock and the whole flock is
part of the Hybu Cig Cymru EBV scheme. The flock will be
shown in the surrounding fields and also in the sheds.
Light refreshments will be provided by Cig Oen Aran.
How to get there - download directions.
Due to Covid-19 unfortunately we were not
able to hold an open day in 2020 or 2021.
We trust that we would hold an open day
in September 2022.
2019 OPEN DAY
The 2019 Welsh Mountain Sheep Society Open Day was
hosted by the Ceredigion County branch at Tynant,
Talybont, Aberystwyth, on Saturday 21st September 2019,
courtesy of Dilwyn, Marion, Rhydian, Elgan and their
The family farms 2,600 acres in total with the farmyard
measuring 650 feet above sea level and rising up to 1750
feet to the highest point of the Farm and on the farm we
saw Capel Bethesda, Tynant; a service is held here once a
month during the Summer season.
They won the All-Wales Big Bale Competition in 2014
from the Welsh Grassland Society and also received the
reserve prize in 2019. The flock includes 2000 ewes plus
450 ewe lambs each year. 500 sheep are crossed with
Texel and Primera rams to produce fat lambs.
The sun was shining and a thorough organizing made the
day a great success. Mr Huw Davies, Llety Ifan Hen,
Chairman of the Ceredigion Branch, welcomed the crowd
of over one hundred and fifty and handed over to Mr
Elgan Evans Tynant. A 13-mile agricultural & cultural tour
of the farm and through the remote uplands of the
Talybont area in several tractors and trailers.
Firstly we saw the winter rootcrop fields where the sheep
are turned to after scanning, then on to Mynydd Uchaf to
see 450 ewe lambs. There we also saw members of the
Ceredigion branch working Welsh Dogs. Then we went
on and through the uplands of Cwm Ceulan to
Bwlchygarreg and saw Welsh Black Cattle rearing
Charolais calves and Welsh Mountain Sheep in their
natural habitat and past several ruins. We drove via
Nantycagl Lake, through Cyneiniog forest to see the male
lambs. It is customary to sell the fat lambs grass-fed only
to Dunbia through the Cambrian Mountains Lamb
scheme. This ensures delicious meat. The small railway
line of the Hafan was seen leading down to the old Bwlch
Glas lead mine before reaching the Welsh Mountain
Sheep at Bwlch Glas. We returned to the yard around
4:30 for a feast of roast mountain lamb, a cup of tea, cake
and a chat. The day was concluded by the Chairman of
the five Counties, Mr David Evans, Penyglog.
2018 OPEN DAY
The society’s Open Day for 2018 will be held under the
auspices of the Montgomery county branch on the farm
of G Roberts, Glanhafon Uchaf, Llangynog, Oswestry SY10
0HL on Saturday 29th September 2018 at 1.00pm.
In contrast to our usual open days, three members will
hold this year’s event on the one farm. Mr Roberts and
his son Emrys will be joined at Glanhafon Uchaf by Phil
Morgan, Glanhafon Fach, Llangynog SY10 0EW and
Geraint Evans, Tŷ Mawr, Llangynog SY10 0HD.
Glanhafon Uchaf extends to some 300 acres and
supports a flock of 500 Welsh Mountain ewes with 60
being crossed with a Charollais ram. 20 Welsh Mountain
rams are retained with th emajority of finished lambs
being sold through the market at Oswestry.
500 ewes are kept pure at Glanhafon Fach a farm that is
around 450 acres in size. A Charollais ram is crossed with
another 150 Welsh Mountain sheep that can be sold as
couples in Ruthin in May. Mr Morgan also keeps a herd of
20 suckler cows that are crossed with a Belgian Blue.
Ty Mawr supports a flock of 1,300 ewes with 700
maintained pure with the rest being crossed with a
The three will display a cross section of their flocks with
30 ewes, 30 yearlings and 30 ewe lambs on display,
together with stock rams, yearling rams and ram lambs.
2017 OPEN DAY
2016 SOCIETY OPEN DAY
This year’s Society Open Day will be held under the
auspices of the Denbighshire County Branch at Cwmgeifr
and Blaencwm, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog on Saturday 1
October 2016, at 1.00pm by kind permission of Glyn &
Lynne Jones, Elgan & Cathy, Gethin & Sara and their two
daughters Annes & Glesni Mai.
Members should first meet at Blaencwm at 1.00pm
promptly please before moving on to Cwmgeifr at
2.30pm. Blaencwm is some three and a half miles up
from the village of Llanarmon DC. Turn left in the village
square by the Hand Public House if coming down from
the direction of Llanrhaeadr YM along a narrow and
windy road, or turn to the right at the square if coming up
the B4500 from the direction of Chirk and carry on along
another narrow road, Swch Cae Rhiw. There will be
direction signs to help you but do not stop at Cwmgeifr,
but carry on for a further mile before turning to the left
after passing an old chapel on your right to go to
Blaencwm which is another mile up the valley. Blaencwm
is the last farm along that road. The road will still be
narrow and you should be careful to avoid accidents.
Blaencwm’s yard is some 1,300 feet above sea-level in
Cwm Llawenog, Dyffryn Ceiriog. The farm rises to 2,600
feet to the top of Cader Bronweh, which is on the
Berwyn range. It extends to 1,500 acres with a further
200 acres of grazing land on Blaenglyn Mountain. A flock
of 1,200 ewes is kept with 250 of them crossed with Texel
rams: a herd of some 20 Welsh Black Cattle is managed
there as well. Ewes, yearling ewes and ewe lambs as well
as stock rams will be shown at Blaencwm.
In Cwmgeifr, the yard is about 1,200 feet above sea-level
and a flock of some 1,000 Welsh ewes are kept with 300
cross-bred breeding ewes. The Welsh Mountain flock
grazes on the mountain at Tarw ar Swch, which between
them extend to 1,500 acres and rise to 2,200 feet.
Another 200 acres of improved land and 600 acres of
rented land at Pentre Pant are used to produce silage
and cross bred ewes and younger cattle are managed
there. 350 of the Welsh Mountain ewes at Cwmgeifr are
crossed with Charollais and Cheviot rams. At Cwm Geifr,
we will be able to view the stock rams, yearling rams and
rams lambs as well as the un-weaned ewe lambs and
their mothers, as well as yearling and other ewes. The
ewe lambs will be sorted in a way that will enable
identification of their sire.
Some of the finished lambs from both farms are sold
dead-weight, either to Randall Parker at Llanidloes or to
Dunbia at Llanybyther but the majority are sold through
the auction mart at Oswestry and Ruthin or as store
lambs at Ruthin or St Asaph.
Light refreshments will be prepared at Cwmgeifr. We
would urge you to be prompt and to be careful when
travelling to Blaencwm and then back to Cwmgeifr
otherwise there may be problems on the narrow roads.
THE SOCIETY’S OPEN DAY FOR 2014
The society’s Open Day for 2014 will be held under the
auspices of the Meirioneth branch at Maesypandy,
Abergynolwyn, Gwynedd LL36 9AQ at 1.00pm on
Saturday 27th September 2014 with the kind permission
of the owner,Ruth Tudor and the farm manager, Dylan
Davies and family, his wife Alison and children Bedwyr
Maesypandy lies on the B4405 between Bryncrug and the
junction on the A487 in Tal-y-Llyn, near the Minffordd
Hotel. The farm extends to over 2,000 acres as well as a
further 70 acres in Bryncrug and another 160 acres in
Dolgellau. Some 200 acres of the land is found around
the farm buildings on the floor of the Dysynni Valley with
the rest rising steeply up the slopes of the narrow valley
to the top of Graig Goch, Corris behind the farmhouse
and Mynydd Bwlch in front. The farmhouse itself is very
old with an inscription 1637 carved into one of stones
used to build it and a further one indicating that it used
to be part of Nanau Estates at one time.
The flock of Welsh Mountain ewes numbers 1,300
including some 300 ewe lambs. Nearly 1,000 ewes are
turned to the rams at the end of October annually and in
2014, a scanning average of 169% was achieved with 600
ewes carrying twins. Only a small number of ewes are
crossed with other breeds. Lambs are born outside from
25th March onwards.
Finished lambs are sold teither through Farmers’ Marts in
Dolgellau or directly to Dunbia’s abattoir. 30 ram lambs
are retained annually with 5 kept as replacements with
the other replacements being bought in as the need
arises and the supply is available. Rams are normally
bought from the same sources at the society’s sales in
Dolgellau.A herd of 20 Welsh Black suckler cows are also
kept with the offspring sold as stores. The farm is also
part of the Glastir scheme.
OPEN DAY 2012
The 2012 Society open day was held in association with
the Montgomery branch on the family farm of Mr Glynne
Jones Cwm Rhayader, Glaspwll, Machynlleth on Saturday,
Cwm Rhayader Farm is approximately four miles from
the main road on the borders of Ceredigion and lies in
the shadow of Montgomeryshire with the river Llyfnant
flowing past the boundary between the two counties. The
farm is around 920 acres in size with the yard located at
over 700 feet above sea level. The land is largely upland
and rises from the yard to 2,000 feet at the top of the
The flock of Welsh mountain sheep includes 800 breeding
ewes, between 180 and 200 female lambs, up to 20 ram
lambs and 9 rams. The lambs are sold as store or fat
lambs. The flock is kept as a closed flock with one or two
rams purchased each year and five or six ram lambs are
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