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NEWSLETTER January 2017


The letter for 2017 calves will be “X”

Entries for the May Show & Sale at Dolgellau on Friday 5th May 2017 should be with Pat before 7th April.   Please also note that the dam of any bull entered must be assessed prior to entering the sale.  Please note Mr Jim Barber has retired, and further information on his successor will be available shortly from the Builth Wells Office.

Dear Member

Happy New Year.  First of all, I would like to look ahead a little, and direct your attention to our Sales Calendar for 2017/2018 as follows:

Friday 28th APRIL 2017 - DOLGELLAU, Gwynedd, Pedigree Prize Store Sale.  Entry forms from the Auctioneers

Friday 5th May, 2017 - DOLGELLAU, Gwynedd, Annual Pedigree Summer Sale.

Approximately 40 Females and 20 Bulls                Entries close 7th April 2017.

Friday 8th September 2017 - DOLGELLAU, Gwynedd, Pedigree Prize Store Sale for mature cattle

Entry forms from the Auctioneers

Tuesday 12th September 2017 - Welsh Black Cattle will also be entered at Tregaron - members wishing to enter cattle should contact D.A.G. Jones & Son Auctioneers on 01974 298365 or 01570 422393.    new date!!

Friday 3rd November 2017 - DOLGELLAU,  Pedigree Prize Store Sale of young stock.  Entry forms from the Auctioneers

Friday 10th November 2017 - RAGLAN, Annual Pedigree Sale followed by a store sale.       Entries Close 13th October 2017.

 Tuesday 21st November 2017 - DOLGELLAU, Gwynedd—Pedigree Autumn Sale  Entries close 20th October 2017


Tuesday 9th January 2018 - DOLGELLAU, Gwynedd—Pedigree Winter Sale.

Approximately 60 Females and 25 Bulls.           Entries close 1st December 2017.


Farmers Marts (R.G.Jones) Ltd. Dolgellau Tel: 01341 422334

J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons, Abergavenny. Tel: 01873 852624

D.A.G. Jones & Son, Tregaron:   01974 298365 or 01570 422393.

                                                             Entry fees for Sales / Closing Dates

                                          Females - £5.00    £1   extra for remarks

                                          Bulls - £5.00

Very important to note, Entries will only be accepted by a completed Entry form and Pedigree Certificate – the Office will not be accepting entries via the telephone – please make sure you have a supply of forms as this procedure will be implemented without fear or favour, therefore please  pay particular attention to closing dates.

 Private Sales

 This fee is occasionally forgotten by members, would you please note the fee which includes VAT.  Thank you.


Abergavenny Show & Sale November 2016

Top price: Syfni Gwenno 11th sold by Gareth & Diane James, for 1,900 gns.  Gareth & Diane James

Champion Female: Llandre Princess 16th sold by M.V. & G. M. James, for 1,000 gns.

Champion Maiden Heifer: Frampton Muriel sold by M.F and E.E. Long for 1,350 gns.

Cow & Bull Calf: sold by Mrs Marian Phillips for 1,680 gns.

Dolgellau Show & Sale January 2017

Top price Llechwedd Rhys 47 sold by Mr William Hefin Evans for 16,000 gns.

Champion Female: Tryfil Briallen 12th sold by Mr I. G. Roberts for 2,000 gns

Champion Maiden Heifer:  Graig goch Ceri 36th sold by Emyr & Gerwyn Jones, sold for 1,650 gns.

Special Thanks to HSBC and BIBBY for their generous sponsorship.

 Llechwedd Rhys 47 – 16,000gns.  January 2017 - Dolgellau Sale.

Cilfodig Dispersal Sale

The dispersal sale of the Cilfodig Herd of Welsh Black Cattle took place on 10th September at the farm of Mr Derek Evans and family, Cilfodig, Llandefalle, Brecon.

9 cows and calves sold, with the top price of £1,720 for a cow with her spring born bull calf at foot. Most of the cows and calves were not moving far away as they were bought by a farmer new to the breed, Mr Lewis Edwards, who lives across the road!

The top price for a heifer was £1,400, sold to Mr Ross Williams who is another new member from Pembrokeshire. The stock bull was sold for £3,450 to Mr Meirion Botwood, Ystrad Meurig.

                                                      Message from the Chairman of Council

 Dear Member

Recent Society Sales have seen a welcome upturn in cattle entered sale averages, and the numbers sold, these are encouraging signs. The challenge now is to work together to replicate this optimism at forthcoming Society Sales.  The demand is there for quality cattle but we need a larger entry to attract buyers from further afield and to justify the best advertising possible selling in pairs, groups or individuals may appeal both to the pedigree and the commercial buyer.  Although advertised as Society Shows and Sales there is no obligation that vendors must halter lead and show their cattle. We want satisfied customers to return time and time again for top quality cattle therefore, please enter individuals, pairs or groups as you feel appropriate.

These days there are many new ways to advertise, promote and sell your cattle such as a Website, Facebook or Twitter account.  All are essential tools that we embrace as a forward thinking cattle society but nothing can beat the buzz and excitement of a buoyant sale ring. This is real breed promotion.

Society sales can for some be a social day out but for the members that breed and sell pedigree Welsh Black Cattle it is a day that secures their livelihood.

Successful sales will help secure your future and the future of your Society, therefore please support Society Sales. 

Thank you          Meredydd Jones, Chairman of Council.

Journal - 2017

Copy date will be 1st March 2017.

Contributors are requested to submit their contributions by that date, - and I ask members to support the publication with advertisements. The rates are ridiculously cheap!

Support your Journal by advertising your Herd – Closing date 1st March 2017.

2017 Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner

This is arranged on 6th May at The Plough Inn, Llandeilo, Carmarthen (Llandeilo - 01558 823431).  A warm welcome is extended to all.  

Late Registrations

 Please submit your 2016 registrations at your earliest opportunity in order that they can be included in Volume No. 105 which will be published in the Spring of 2017.  Should you have older registrations that have been overlooked for any reason, please communicate with me or Pat at Caernarfon to discuss their possible acceptance.

Please note you can download the Registration form on the Society’s website.  PLEASE ensure that you use either the Official Registration Card or Registration form. Any problems, please consult with Pat at Caernarfon. Thank you.

Outstanding Accounts

Once again I implore those members who have disregarded previous appeals to settle their outstanding accounts as soon as possible, please.    Please include Welsh Black Account No. when paying by BACS

List of Officials & Staff

 Chairman:  Mr Meredydd Jones, Hafod-yr-Esgob Isaf, Bala, Merioneth.

Vice Chair: Mrs Marian Phillips, Y Bwthyn, Cwm Gwaun, Abergwaun,.

Chairman of Finance:  Mr Dilwyn Bennett Jenkins, Cerrigcaranau, Talybont.

Vice Chair of finance:  Mr Edward Ll. Williams, MRCVS, Dolaugwun, Tywyn.

Secretary: Mrs S. Evelyn Jones – Swyddfeydd: Caernarfon and Llanelwedd.

Administration Officer Caernarfon:  Ms Pat Thompson: 01286 672391  e.Mail: thompson.pat@btconneconnect.com

Administration Officer Llanelwedd: Mrs Trisha Powell: 01982 551111  welshblack@btclick.com

Website: www.welshblackcattlesociety.com

Member’s Telephone Numbers – Mobile Phone - email address

 I would like to ask members to contact Pat in Caernarfon of their correct telephone number, mobile number and email address, in order that our computer can be updated accordingly. 

 It is anticipated in the near future provided we receive this information; the Office will be able to remind members of the closing dates of forthcoming sales.  If you wish to receive this service, please contact Pat in Caernarfon.


 Herd of the Year Results

 I am pleased to announce the results of the Herds of the Year 2016.

                         Main Competition

1. LASGARN HERD - Mr Trevor Davies, Lasgarn Farm Trevethin, Pontypool, Gwent.  -  223 pt.

2.  SKER HERD - Mr A. R. Evans, 2 Sker Cottages, Kenfig, Bridgend, Glam.  -   172 pt.

3.  SYFNI HERD -  Messrs Gareth & Diane James, Bernards Well Isaf, Tufton, Pembs – 114 pt.   


                       Small Herds Competition

 1.   YNYSFOR HERD - Mr Ken Ellis ai Feibion, Ynysfor, Bryncrug, Tywyn - 114 pt.

Congratulations to all the Winners.  All vendors at Sales are automatically included in the competition, - which is another good reason for supporting Society Sales.  Submit your entries before the closing date.


 Bull and Female of the Year Competitions – 2016        The results are as follows:

Bull of the Year 2016 is GERDDI-BLUOG ADDEWID 4TH bred and exhibited by Mr & Mrs Hugh & Jessica Williams, Dolaugwyn, Tywyn, Gwynedd. The bull received 68 points having attended 10 shows.

In 2nd place, for the second year running, is RHYDDID SGETHROG, bred and exhibited by Mrs Lyn Foxwell, Tyddyn Rhyddid, Harlech. The bull received 61 points from 9 shows.

In 3rd place is BRYSGAGA BERWYN 45TH, exhibited by Mr Ken Ellis a’i feibion, Ynysfor, Bryncrug, Tywyn who received 24 points from 5 shows.

Female of the Year 2016

BLACKMIXEN SAHARA, bred and exhibited by Mr & Mrs Robin & Jo Ransome, Lower Storling, Bleddfa, Knighton, Powys, with 41 points from the 7 shows she attended.

 In 2nd place is YNYSFOR MEG 4TH with 40 points from 6 shows, exhibited by Mr John Hughes, 76, Maes Meurig, Gwalchmai, Anglesey.

In 3rd place is GRAIG-GOCH CEINLYS 5TH, exhibited by Mr Carwyn Lewis, Gwarcoed Einon, Llanwenog, Ceredigion, with 31 points from 5 shows.

Sponsors for the Bull & Female of the Year competition are ‘RUMENCO’, who have awarded product prizes to winners in each of the qualifying shows. The Champions will be awarded their prizes at the Society’s AGM in May. The Society thanks the sponsors and all exhibitors who give of their time to promote the breed.

Congratulations to the winners, and our thanks to all those who competed. 

If you are interested in being included on our list of judges (Senior or Junior) for Show & Sales either at Dolgellau or Raglan, please let Pat know in Caernarfon Office.

Royal Welsh Show 2016

The Society had a successful and enjoyable week at the Royal Welsh Show 2016, with a very good show of cattle by Welsh Black members who managed to stay reasonably cool amid very sudden high temperatures. Judge of the Welsh Black Cattle classes was Mr Robert Jones, Caer Berllan, Tywyn.

The Champion Bull was RHYDDID SCETHROG, exhibited by Mrs Lynn Foxwell, and

Champion Female was TREFYCHAN –AR-DAF DILYS 16th, exhibited by Sally Lloyd. Reserve Champion was GERDDI BLUOG ADDEWID 4th exhibited by Mrs Jessica Evans-Williams.

Special mention goes to Mr & Mrs Ransome who, on their first show, received ‘Reserve Champion’ with their home-bred heifer BLACKMIXEN SAHARA.

The champions were presented with goody bags by representatives of RUMENCO as their prize towards the Bull & Female of the Year competition.

Mrs Lynn Foxwell also received the Penderw Challenge Cup award for the Best Male exhibit in the Welsh Black section.

The Welsh Black classes were also sponsored by NFU Cymru, and, courtesy of Mr Simon Evans, treated exhibitors and members to an Evening Buffet at their stand.

The Young Handlers Competition, organised by the Breed Promotion Officer, took place on the Wednesday and was sponsored by member Mr Glyn Jones who is the Society’s bull inspector at sales. The winners were presented with a cash prize - £50 first prize; £30 reserve prize, prize money for each class, rosettes and also a ‘goody bag’ from RUMENCO. The judge was Mr Tim Bodily and winner of the competition was Ben Reynolds and reserve was Joe Twose. Congratulations to all.

 Royal Welsh Agricultural Show – Stand Attendants

I ask please for volunteers to assist with reception duties etc. on the stand for the duration of the Show.  Please let Pat in Caernarfon – Trish in Builth Wells or myself know the day and time that suits you best. Thank you.

 Congratulations – Pat Thompson

Pat Thompson who works in the Caernarfon Office was presented with a ‘Long Service Award to Agriculture’ by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s President Mr W. Richard Jones (Dick the auctioneer).

Congratulations and well deserved.

Welsh Black Cattle Society at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2016

Mr Doug Rowbotham of Penwernhir Herd, Ceredigion and Mr Williams Jenkins Neuadd-yr-Ynys, (Neuadd Herd) Machynlleth, kindly provided us with a cow and calf and two maiden heifers respectively. Our thanks go out to these members for allowing us to have their animals on the Society stand for the duration of the Show.  Also thanks to Jenkins’ Caran Herd and Jenkins’ Tynygraig Herd for their stockmanship during the show.

A raffle was held for a hamper kindly given by Mr Brian Jones, President RWAS 2017, which was won by Mr Geraint Jenkins, Caran Herd.  Handy with Grandma's birthday next day!

Another competition held over the two days was to guess the average weight of the two Neuadd heifers.  20 straws of bull semen from Ysguboriau Brenin, was on offer and won by Mr Gethin, Perthi Mawr, Cilcennin, and Alwyn Morris, Merddyn, Ceunant, Caernarfon.  Thanks to the “Caran” Herd for their generous donation of 20 Straws.

Expressions of appreciation are in order in respect of the generous sponsorship of Welsh Black Classes at the Winter Fair by Farmers Marts Ltd, Dolgellau.   Champion will receive £200, Reserve will receive £100.

Also paying us a visit on the Stand were four German Welsh Black Breeders, it was extremely nice to have the opportunity to welcome them to the show.  

Thank you to all who helped to set the stand from laying down the straw to making the tea, bringing all the cakes and mince pies, above all making everyone welcome. Very much appreciated.

Winners 2016

Winners in the Pedigree Welsh Black heifer class were:

 1st A & R.C. Wiliams, Pentre, Cwmtirmynach, - MYNACH GWENFAIR 17TH - 568kgs. £2.50 ppkg. £1,420.00

2ND Sarah & Edward Layton, Knoakes Court, Leominster – YNYSFOR MEG 6th (bred by Ken Ellis a’i Feibion, Ynysfor, Tywyn). 586 kgs.

3rd Mr Carwyn Lewis, Gwarcoed Einon, Llanybydder, Ceredigion – TAL-Y-FAN UNIS, (bred by Mr Rhys Evans, Fferm Tal-y-Fan Fach, Llandeilo). 568kgs. £2.62 ppkg. £1,488.16.

Winners of the Pedigree Welsh Black Steer class were:

 1st Mr Tecwyn Jones, Ty Newydd, Nebo, Llanrwst – SEISIOG CYMRO 94th (home bred). 668 kgs. £2.72 ppkg. £1,816.96.

2nd Emyr Wyn Jones, a’i Feibion, Rhiw Waedog, Bala – WAEDOG MACSEN 36th (home bred).668 kgs. £2.46 ppkg. £1,643.28.

3rd Messrs Owen Bros. Bronferiaeth, Colwyn Bay – DEICWS TIO, (bred by G.C & E. Williams, Tyddyn Deicws, Abergele). 598kgs. £2.56ppkg. £1,530.88.

Champion Pedigree Welsh Black exhibit was SEISIOG CYMRO 94th

Reserve Champion Pedigree Welsh Black exhibit was WAEDOG MACSEN 36th

The Winner will receive the ‘Castell Challenge Cup’ which was first presented in 1992 by the late Mr T. R. Thomas of Maes-y-Castell, Taliaris, Llandeilo who was president in 1990-91.  The presentation is made at the Society’s AGM and appropriately this year Mr Thomas’ daughter Jane Davies is the Society President and will present the cup to the Winner at the AGM to be held in Llandeilo.

Congratulations to the Winners, and our thanks to all those who competed. 

Tregaron Pedigree Store Sale

The Tregaron sale took place on 27th September and included 80 pedigree registered Welsh Black stores, mainly steers, and a handful of heifers.

A pair of steers, 18/20 months old from Mr RG Davies, Pledrog, Llandysul, Ceredigion, sold for the top price of £1,205 each to Mr John Jenkins. The same vendor sold a pen of four 18 month old steers for £1,100 and another pair of 13 month old steers for £1,005.

Other steers were sold for prices ranging from £550 to £1100 and the females on offer sold from £775 to £500.

It pays to register cattle if selling as stores in the markets and putting the sire on the passport is also a good idea.

Dolgellau Autumn Sale

18 pedigree Welsh Black females were on offer at the sale in Dolgellau with Farmers Marts Auctioneers on 25th October 2016. The judge at the pre-sale show was Mr Hefin Jones, Llwynsarn, Dolgellau assisted by his daughter Sioned.

The top price was 1950gns for a cow and calf from D William Jenkins, Neuadd-yr-Ynys, Taliesin, Machynlleth. Neuadd Gwenno 137th was sold with her 1 month old calf to Mr H. B. Evans, Cwm y Glo, Caernarfon.

The Champion Female was Ysguboriau Vera 80th, sold by Mr William Jones, Ysguboriau, Tywyn that sold for 1600gns to Mr Llew Jones, Bridin, Anglesey.

Reserve Champion Female Ysguboriau Dwynwen 145th, also from Mr Jones, Ysguboriau, also sold for 1800gns to Mr Lew Jones.

The Champion Maiden Heifer was Mynach Rhian 26th from A & R.C. Williams, Pentre, Bala. Born July 2015 and sired by Bodig Cai 50th, and sold for 1400gns to D.R. Bowen, Molleston, Narberth.

 President’s Open Day

President for 2016/7 is Mrs Jane Davies, Maes-y-Castell, Taliaris, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire who, along with her husband and family, breed the Castell Herd of Welsh Black Cattle established in 1946. An Open Day and farm walk took place on 10th September which was a treat for visitors. The weather was fantastic although rain the previous day had made the ground slightly slippery for the tractors and trailers. This made the trip more exciting!

The cattle were in fine form and displayed the Welsh Black cows at their best doing a great job producing and rearing quality calves. Using both Welsh Black and Charolais bulls on the farm showed that the welsh black cow can do such a good job of rearing first class pedigree Welsh Blacks and cross bred cattle, catering for both sides of the beef industry.

Visitors were treated to a hog roast and ice-cream from ‘Mario’ and Mr John Davies, Breeder of Welsh Black Cattle, and NFU Deputy President, gave a talk on the farming industry.

This was a great day for breeders and members to get together and the Society sends a big ‘thank you’ to the Davies family for showing farming at its best and promoting the breed.

English Association AGM

The AGM for 2016 was held on 24th September at the home of Derek and Louise Northey, Nordel Herd. The farm tour showed cattle looking well, a mixture of pedigree and cross bred which shows what the cows can achieve.  Present for the day were Mrs Jane Davies, President of the Society, with husband Gareth, also Gareth James, Chairman of Council, and Keith Thomas.

Show Exhibitors

I extend my best wishes to exhibitors at the 2017 Summer shows, and thank them for their support.

RWAS 2017 Spring Festival is on 20 & 21 May

A celebration of smallholding and rural life, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, will this year be held on 20 and 21 May and is already proving to be a very popular weekend-long event in the spring show season.

With over 1,300 livestock, it is the intention to have a stand and we are looking for Welsh Black Cattle.  If you are willing to loan your cattle, please contact Trish in Llanelwedd Office.

Also if anyone has time, and is willing to assist on the Stand, please let Trish know. Thank you.

The Welsh Black Cattle Society World Conference

The 4th Welsh Black Cattle Society World Conference was held in New Zealand and a total of 21 delegates from Wales attended.

The tour, organized by the New Zealand Welsh Black Cattle Breeders’ Society, took place on 27th October to 9th November.  More information on the visit will appear in the Annual Journal.

                                                                          Society Journal

If anyone has adverts, articles, pictures or ideas for this year’s Journal please contact the Builth Wells Office on 01982 551111, welshblack@btclick.com


Please accept my appreciation of your loyalty and support, and wishing you success with your breeding and marketing programmes, also it is important as a Society we listen to our members and to assist Council members, we ask that you give us your thoughts on what you would like us to accomplish.

Yours faithfully  S. Evelyn Jones. Secretary.