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.