Builth Wells: 01982 551111

Caernarfon: 01286 672391

                                                                           WELSH BLACK CATTLE SOCIETY

                                            Patron: H.R.H. The Prince of Wales KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC

President: Mr Gwilym Jenkins FRAgS


                      NEWSLETTER  2018         

The registration letter for 2018 is ‘Y’


 Dear Member      The Newsletter is being placed on the Society web site.


Hafodesgob Edward 19th born November 2016, from the herd of Mrs Gwenfair Jones and Sons, Bala sold for 11,800gns as a large ringside of buyers attended the 62nd Annual Winter Show and Sale of Welsh Black cattle on the 9th January 2018 at Farmers Marts, Dolgellau.  The highest priced female was Ynysfor Enfys 3rd forward by Ken Ellis and Sons, Ynysfor, Tywyn and sold for 2,750gns.  Main sponsor of the event was Farmers Guardian and during the Show Farmers Guardian Rosettes were handed out to the winners.  Other sponsors were Farmers Guardian, Bibby, Ifor Williams Trailers, Streamline Leisure and KiwiKit.

                                                    Hafodesgob Edward 19 HP animal.jpg


The next Pedigree sale is on 4th May at Dolgellau and all pedigree sales will be sponsored during 2018 by Rumenco.  Please also note a new store sale will take place at Monmouthshire Livestock Centre on Wednesday 23rd May with J Straker, Chadwick and Sons.  Please support all the society sales.

Contact Pat at Caernarfon office for entry forms and send all entries to her prior to the ‘entries close’ date

Sales leaflets for 2018/19 printed by our sponsors Rumenco are available, and Society calendars are still available from the Builth office with all sale and show dates!

Results of the Herd of the Year 2017

Winner of the Herd of the Year for 2017 is Mr William R Pughe Jones, Ysguboriau, Tywyn, Gwynedd for the Ysguboriau Herd.

AGM and President’s Dinner

The AGM and President’s Dinner will take place on 5th May at the Marine Hotel, Aberystwyth.  Further details will be available shortly.


Anyone wishing to send herd adverts for the 2018 edition or anyone with suggestions for Commercial Adverts should please contact the Builth Wells office or the Breed Secretary.    The price for members is £120 full page and £60 for ½ page.  The price for commercial adverts is £124 full page and £72 for ½ page.  (the prices include VAT

Any articles are also welcomed.  We are especially keen to include items in the journal of interest to our younger members and would welcome all suggestions.  Also check out the competition on page 123 and win yourself £10 - again entries in by end March. 

2017 registrations

Please submit your 2017 registrations at your earliest opportunity in order that they can be included in Volume No. 106 which will be published in 2018.  Should you have older registrations that have been overlooked for any reason, please contact with 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.


PLEASE NOTE:  As from 1st September 2018 the new rates for registering cattle are as follows


Females up to 2 months: £18

               over 2 months: £21.60

Registrations after 12 months: £48

Steers: £7.20 (staying same.)                                       These prices include VAT at 20%

Bulls:   £42

Transfer fee: £24


Classification Services by Meurig James

The Society Council have been informed by the Breed Development services that as from 1st March the charges will be as follows:

  • A flat rate visit fee of £70.00 for visits where 1 to 10 animals are inspected.
  • Or a flat rate visit fee of £108.00 for visits where 11 to 15 animals are inspected.
  • For visits where 16 to 100 inspections are carried out the fee will be £7.00 per animal.
  • From the 101st animal inspected up to 150 the headage fee will reduce to £3.50 per animal.
  • From the 151st and further animal(s) inspected the headage fee will reduce to £2.50 per animal.
  • Each breeding Bull classification carried out in conjunction with female classifications, £15.90 / bull.
  • A Classification Special Visit (defined as a non-scheduled visit outside the regular cycle agreed for that herd) will be £210.00 (to include the first 20 inspections, thereafter at the above headage rates)
  • For a Special Bull visit, where a single breeding bull alone is classified, the fee is £108.00
  • Cancellation of a scheduled visit with less than 3 days’ notice will incur a charge of £108.00

All the prices listed above are prior to the addition of VAT. Invoices will include VAT at the standard rate.

Any queries or questions you would like to discuss, please get in touch with Mr Meurig James or the office: 01923 695235 (Jess Edwards),  01923 695211 (Jackie Clark), email: info@nbdc.uk

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 your Welsh Black Account No. when paying by BACS


Results of the Bull & Female of the Year 2017

Bull of the Year

1st Blackmixen Zulu Warrior with 70 points after 9 shows, exhibited by Mr &Mrs Jo & Robin Ransome, Lower Storling, Bleddfa, Knighton, Powys.

                                                            Blackmixen Zulu Warrior.jpg

2nd Ynysfor Emlyn with 35 points after 5 shows, exhibited by Mr Ken Ellis a’i Feibion, Ynysfor, Tywyn.

3rd Gerddi-Bluog Rhinog 5th with 30 points after 5 shows, exhibited by Mrs Jessica Williams, Dolaugwyn, Tywyn.

Female of the Year

1st Gwarcwm Eirliw 20th with 63 points after 9 shows, exhibited by Mr D Huw Jones, Llety Cynnes, Bow Street, Ceredigion.

            Gwarcwm Eirliw 20 .jpg

2nd Blackmixen Tabitha Twitchit with 46 points after 8 shows, exhibited by Mr &Mrs Ransome.

3rd Ynysfor Rose 10th with 33 points after 5 shows, exhibited by Mr Ken Ellis a’i Feibion.

The competition was sponsored by ‘Rumenco’ who awarded each of the winners at the shows with a tub of Rumenco Maxx Cattle Booster and will present awards to the winners of the competition at the Royal Welsh Show 2018.

                                                                                                                               Rumenco 1.jpg

Congratulations and thanks to all competitors who came out in force this year and to Rumenco for their support to Wales’ only native breed of cattle.


A list of the shows for 2018 is available.

Events attended during 2017

The Welsh Black Cattle Society attended the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Spring Fair for 2017, which took place on 20th & 21st May.   The Society’s promotional, informative stand was prepared by the new Young Member Ambassador, Angharad Davies from Brynglas, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth.  Angharad was helped by her family, Will and Meinir Davies who established the ‘Coedllys Herd’ of Welsh Black cattle.  Also on display was home-bred Coedllys Avril, born 2012, who attracted much attention. 

Angharad is also organising a raffle, tickets to be drawn at the AGM – Contact Angharad if you don’t have your ticket as there is some very good prizes!

 Many exhibitors were out at the Royal Welsh Show and the Judge was Mr Alwyn Jones, Abergele, Denbighshire.  Welsh Black Champions were home bred animals Caran Thunderballs and Eirianfa Ebrill 7th, receiving a tub of Maax Booster from sponsors Rumenco.


A very successful Open Day in September was held with our President Mr Gwilym Jenkins and his family.


The Society was present at the 2017 Royal Welsh Winter Fair, 27th & 28th November, with a large promotional stand.  A pedigree cow and calf was provided by Mr Enoc Jenkins, Tynygraig Herd and a pedigree cow and her cross bred calf was provided by the Caran Herd, Ceredigion.  The animals drew much attention and the society thanks both families for their hard work on behalf of the breed.

Seisiog Cymro 94th.jpg                 Mynach Gwenfair 17 in ring.jpg                 

The Society’s Young Member Ambassador, Miss Angharad Davies, Coedllys Herd, organised a raffle for a hamper donated by Castell Howell.  This was won by Miss Lorraine Howells, Cwmcarno Farm, Rhymney. Many thanks to Castell Howell and Angharad.

Another competition held over the two days was to guess the average weight of the two calves on the stand.  The prize was donated by KIWIKIT LTD, Ludlow and the winner was Dewi Wigley, Llwyngwern, Llanuwchlyn.  The correct weights were 358kg for the Welsh Black calf and 403kg for the Charolais cross calf.  Many thanks to Kiwikit Ltd.


Winners in the Pedigree Welsh Black heifer class were:

1st: Ian & Carwyn Lewis, Gwarcoedeinon, Ceredigion for EDW ADELE, bred by Mr Keith Williams, Hendy, Powys.

2nd: Llyr James & Lowri Morgan for ARGLWYDDES NEST 25TH, bred by DG Jenkins, Tanyrallt, Ceredigion.

3rd: Robin & Jo Ransome, Knighton for home-bred BLACKMIXEN ULU.


Winners of the Pedigree Welsh Black Steer class were:

1st: Owen Bros, Bronferiaeth, Colwyn Bay for EIRIAN ERIAN, bred by MP & M Williams, Talybont.

2nd: Evans a’i gwmni for TYNDDRAENEN, bred by SG &MR Owen, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion.

3rd: Ian & Carwyn Lewis, Gwarcoedeinon, Ceredigion for RHUDDEL TYPHOON, bred by Colin Evans, Nant-y-Moch, Carmarthenshire.

BLACKBERRY won the ‘Sired by a Welsh Black bull’class – entered by Lisa King from East Sussex.

The Champion Pedigree Welsh Black exhibit was EIRIAN ERIAN and Reserve Champion Pedigree Welsh Black exhibit was TYNDDRAENEN

The Society appreciates the generous sponsorship of Welsh Black Classes at the Winter Fair by Farmers Marts Ltd, Dolgellau.  The Champion will receive £200 and Reserve Champion £100 at the Society’s AGM in May 2018.


World Conference

Following the successful World Conference in New Zealand, the next Welsh Black World Conference will be held in 2020 in the UK.  Would any member willing to welcome visitors to their farm please let us know.  To obtain more details contact Mr Alwyn Jones, Council Member for Denbighshire, on alwyn@Jonespeckover.com or phone 01745832303.


Homeopathy at Wellie Level (HAWL) 

Award winning Farm Homeopathy Course now in its 17th year, to be held at HRH The Prince of Wales' Farm, Tetbury.

SPECIAL OFFER: - Save £55 off our Spring Farm Homeopathy Course, bringing the cost to just £295. (Usual price £350).  Just enter discount code HAWL18 at the online checkout: hawl.co.uk.      The course runs from 9-4pm on 3 non-consecutive days: 

Dates: Day 1: March 22nd, - Day 2: April 12th, - Day 3: April 26th Venue: Broadfield Farm, Cherington Lane, Tetbury, Glos GL8 8SE

HAWL has been established since 2001 and has taught hundreds of farmers and stock-persons, both conventional and organic, how to use homeopathy for their animals. People who come on our courses are generally concerned about antibiotic usage, and/or are looking for credible alternatives to improve health without compromising welfare.

See hawl.co.uk for more information or email secretary@hawl.co.uk