In Lamb ewe sales

Herdwick In lamb ewe sales planned at the following auctions

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Penrith 22nd January 2017

Bentham 21st February 2017






HSBA Centenary 1916 – 2016

 The event held by kind permission of Johnny and Joanne Bland at Yew Tree Farm Borrowdale on 26th June 2106 was a huge success. Twenty one breeders brought a male and a female sheep to be judged in 3 classes for each sex, plus a prize for the sheep with the Best Mouth.

George Harryman (Wrynose) won overall best Tup and Shaun Richardson (Watendlath) won overall best ewe and the Tup was judged to be overall champion (although this went to the referee). Willie Tyson, HSBA President, presented George with a special Trophy.

Ian Lawson kindly gave a copy of his book for the Champion and Amanda Carson gave gift vouchers for the reserve champion.

Each Exhibitor received a special Centenary Rosette and special rosettes for first to third had been commissioned for the event.

The Young Handlers class was really well attended with four girls and six boys taking part and was judged by senior committee members Jean Wilson and Joe Richardson.

Females 1st Michaela Fisher from Eskdale, 2nd Bea Rebanks from Matterdale, 3rd Isabelle Benson Langdale. Boys, 1st Cameron Bland Borrowdale, 2nd Matthew Raven Kentmere, 3rd Nathan Bland Borrowdale. The National Trust gave prizes for the young handlers

Two HSBA marquees were erected, one for the celebration supper provided by David Jackson of Borrowdale. Susan Hill and Fluff Wright, with other ladies, served everyone with tea and biscuits on arrival and at 4.30 the supper was served; a bar was also provided. The marquee was decorated with all our banners showing Herdwicks in their environment which gave a lovely backdrop. The second marquee had exhibits from members and supporters who make Herdwick related products including paintings, felt toys, soaps, woollen goods from the wool clip, Carpets from Wools of Cumbria Carpets, Jackets by Shepherdess, The Chimney Sheep draft excluders and Lana Norman with exhibits from the HSBA trailer. The Sheep Trust set up a display of posters telling the story of the 2001 semen and embryo collection and the beginning of the Herdwick Genebank (which the Herdy Company has agreed to fund embryo collections later this year).

Jon Barraclough from WOCC entered into the spirit by taking his Ram made from carpet into the ring – The judge Willie Tyson inspected it and finally pronounced his judgement ‘Sorry lad this tup’s nae good – it ‘s got no balls’

In Rosthwaite Village Hall displays of Herdwick memorabilia were set up with two slide projectors showing images from photos old and new. Louise Rawling and Dorothy Wilkinson had worked tirelessly to put names to as many people as possible and so have created an archive of memorabilia. More old photos, news clippings, letters, old show catalogues, wool prices from over 100 years ago were on display on boards and on tables providing everyone with a lot of material to pour over. In addition there was a TV screen showing DVDs including a documentary The Sheepmen of Ennerdale recorded in the 80’s with a very young Will Rawling (HSBA Chairman) and his young family.

Joss Naylor came along following his epic run the day before. Joss celebrated his 80th birthday by running 30 miles from Caldbeck to Wasdale in memory of his father, Joe Naylor, who was born in Caldbeck and moved to Wasdale in 1927, to raise money for Brathay Trust, a charity that helps young people make positive changes to their lives. A collection was held at the event and contributed to Joss’s target of raising £12,000  (currently at £11,262).

My predecessor Geoff Brown made a special effort to attend and Will especially thanked Geoff and the former Chairman Gilbert Tyson for their period in office during which time they revitalised the breed society and steered it through some real difficulties including FMD and Scrapie.

Many others had worked hard to set up the pens, organise movement licences, erect signs and direct traffic including Stanley Jackson and Joe Weir, who also roped in Kevin Bowman, on holiday from Wales .

I think the event was successful. It was lovely to see so many members, young and old and supporters including auctioneers, draft ewe buyers, representatives from the Foundation for Common Land and Cumbria Commoners coming together. We would like to set up the displays again so that people who weren’t able to make it get the opportunity to see all the memorabilia.