Cardington Flock of Balwen Sheep

Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep originate from one small area of Wales - the Tywi vally. Because of this, during the disastrous winter of 1947, the breed was nearly wiped out. The breed was at its lowest ebb, with only one ram surviving.

During the 1950's and 60's a steady increase took place, and in the 1970's people outside the valley began to take an interest in the breed. The Balwen Welsh Mountain Breed Society was formed in 1985.  

 

Breed Standard

  The name BALWEN is welsh for white blaze.  The Balwen sheep has a base colour of black, brown or dark grey.  It has a white blaze on the face, four distinct white feet, and a half to two-thirds whites tail.  

  All Balwen should be of a good Welsh Mountain type of sheep.  Their confirmation must be consistent with the breed, and their size should be an accurate reflection of their age.     

          MALES: The base colour should preferably be black, but dark brown or dark grey is acceptable.  An unbroken white stripe should run from the poll of the head to the nose.  The lower two thirds of the tail to be white. A small quantity of white is acceptable on the lower jaw but it must not extend below the top edge of the breastbone.  Males must have black noses and no white is allowed in or on the ears.  Males must have four clearly defined white socks.  A white sock must not extend above the hock or the knee.       

NB. ALL MALES MUST HAVE HORNS.    

FEMALES: The base colour should preferably be black, but dark brown or dark grey is acceptable.  An unbroken white stripe should run from the poll of the head to the nose.  The lower two thirds of the tail to be white.  A small quantity of white is acceptable on the lower jaw but it must not extend below the top edge of the breastbone.  Females should ideally have four white socks . (In order to be fully registered females must have at least two clearly defined white socks.) Some black is acceptable within the white socks for t he current time. Females should have black noses.       

NB. NO HORNS ARE ALLOWED ON THE FEMALES.        

Animals which conform to the breed standard will be passed as registrable by the Breed Society’s inspectors.  Ewes which fall below the breed standard, but nonetheless meet the current inspection criteria, will be passed as registrable.       

Animals which do not meet either requirement are unregistrable    

Contact details

Cardington Herefords

 

Jason - 07931161082

Dean - 07988771107

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Latest news

As seen on Country File and Big Brother!!!!!

Last week Dean and the show team of Kerry Hills got to appear on Big Brother in task and Cardington Supreme and Cardington Lollypop were filmed at the Royal Norfolk Show in their class!

 

East of England Show - Nellie takes Kerry Hill Breed Champion and Reserve Native Champion.

 

Royal Norfolk Show - Sash's all around - What a show - Champion Rare Breed with Cardington Supreme and Nellie and Little Rasta got Champion and Reserve in the anyother Shortwool then Nellie got Reserve Interbreed!

 

Three Counties Show - Good Results all around!

 

Herts Show - Nellie gets Hill and Heath Champion followed by Interbreed Champion!

 

Smallholders - Good Results for Balwen, Kerrys and traditional herefords

 

Nottinghamshire- Little Rasta takes Kerry Hill Breed Champion!

Lambing has started!!!

 

Lambing has finally started!!
1 balwen ram lamb and 4 kerrys with twins so far!

Photos will be up soon!!

 

 

Cardington Kerry Hills get 2nd place in the Flock Competition in the under 10 ewes category!

Kerry Ewe wins Supreme Champion at Gransden Show

 

Kerry Ram Lamb takes Interbreed Champion at Royal Berkshire Show

 

Success for the Kerrys and the Balwen at Aylsham Agricultural Show - See the Show results page

 

Kerrys Win Group of 3 Champion and best Welsh Sheep at Hatfield Show

 

Kerry Ram wins Breed Champion at East of England Show!

 

 

Dean and Katie get married!! 30th June 2012

 

 

 

Cardington Heritage takes Interbreed at Stoneleigh Show and Sale

Dean and Katie have had a baby boy.

William Dean Whybrow was born on July 31st 2011 weighing 7lb 4oz

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