NSA Welsh Sheep 2015 will be staged on Tuesday, 19th May at the Glanmiheli and Drefor farms in Kerry, near Newtown, Powys.
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. The location is easily accessible from across Wales and beyond and offers something for everyone interested in the sheep industry.
The event will showcase some of the best that Mid Wales has to offer, with views extending almost from Shrewsbury to Snowdon. Visitors will enjoy a farm tour taking in the two adjoining holdings, as well as the opportunity to update on the latest in the sheep industry at seminars and demonstrations, including health planning, sheep handling, shearing and cookery.
Sheep Dog trials will be among the attractions. Competitions will include the popular Welsh Young Shepherd of the Year Competition, as well as Ready Steady Cook, wool on the hoof and Trade Stand competitions. There will also be a sale of ewe hoggs.
The holdings are adjoining but very different, yet the two families face the same difficult question: how much longer will they be able to afford to produce top quality livestock with the change in the system of subsidy payment looming?
NSA Welsh Sheep will be based at Glanmiheli Farm, Kerry, near Newtown, farmed by Geraint Powell, with his wife Anabel, 19 year old son Lloyd and daughters, Rosie 21and 16 year old Billie-Jo. They produce finished lambs from Welsh Mules put to Suffolk, Charolais and Texel tups and which are sold to Waitrose and at Welshpool Livestock Market.
The event also takes in Drefor, farmed by Morton and his wife, Mandy, with teenage daughters Megan and Mary and son, David. They run 800 Welsh Mules, 400 Beulahs and 400 Welsh Mountain ewes, and farm some rented ground just over the border in England.