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Royal Welsh Spring Festival 2016


Thanks to judge, Mrs Elizabeth Eagles and all competitors. Congratulations to Gwynneth Evans and Family and to Deio and Margaret Hughes who were champion and reserve respectively.


Thanks to everyone who helped out with the stand– Mrs Elizabeth Eagles for the floral display, Georgina Davies for loaning an ewe and lamb and everyone who provided craft items to make our stand as attractive as it was. Thanks also to people who volunteered to take a turn to man the stand.

Annual Dinner 2013


Trophy winners at the Society Dinner held in November 2013



Royal Welsh Show 2012


Judge Martin Groucott
Champion Meinir Jones and Family
Reserve Champion Gethin Morgan

Spring Fair 2012

The Spring Fair was a great success for the Balwen Society again this year.


Champion - Katie Lewis showing Bowden Family's Yearling Ram Reserve Champion - Mr Matthew Bevan's Yearling Ewe

Congratulations to all members who kindly gave up their time to help on the stall which was of great interest to the public and hopefully new members. We finally won the rosette for Best Stall for the effort.


Vice-Chairman, Mr Brian Eagles, Treasurer, Mrs Mair Williams and Secretary, Mrs Anne Groucott before the trade stand judging


Mr Lyn Williams representing the Balwen Society and Trade Stand judge, Mr Dic Jones being interviewed for TV by Dai Jones


A Proud moment for Chairman, Sue Bowden, Treasurer Mair Williams and Secretary, Anne Groucott after winning the Best Sheep Trade Stand trophy

Winter Fair 2011


Highest placed members of Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Katie and Georgina Davies, Llwyncrwn Flock.

Show and Sale 2011


Female class winners


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Champion Female and Reserve Breed Champion owned by Mrs Mary Bowman

Champion Male and Breed Champion owned by Price Brothers with judge Mr Brian Eagles


Yearling Ram owned by Price Brothers shown by Mr Brian Price with judge Mr Brian Eagles

National Young Farmers Club 2011


Meinir Jones (Flock 84) and Aled Groucott (Flock 234), runners up in the National Young Farmers Clubs Senior Stockman of the Year and Junior Stockman of the Year held at Harper Adams Agricultural College, Newport, Shropshire in September 2011

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Champion Meinir Jones, Reserve Champion Gethin Morgan with judge Mr Gwyn Bowden


Aled Groucott, winner, and Georgina Davies, runner-up in the Aged Ram class


Meinir Jones winning the Shearling Ram class with judge Gwyn Bowden


Aled Groucott and Huw Williams, 1st and 2nd in the Ram lamb class


Rhian Thomas and great uncle, Alun Williams, 1st and 2nd in the Aged Ewe class. Rhian was also 4th in the open- intermediate young handler class


Richard Morgan with Gethin Morgan's winning shearling ewe


Final placings in the Ewe Lamb class won by Gethin Morgan


President, Mr Alun Williams and Treasurer, Mrs Mair Williams in the Group competition


Chairlady, Mrs Elizabeth Eagles and husband Brian who were Reserve Group winners. Champion Group winner was Meinir Jones


Gethin Mogan with his Shearling Ewe and Ewe Lamb and Aled Groucott with the Groucott Family's Ram Lamb in the Lloyd Family Competition on Wednesday


Meinir Jones Champion Group shown by Mum & Dad, Doris & Eifion

The Smallholders Show was a great success again this year. Congratulations to Jason Wybrow, Champion and to Meinir Jones, Reserve and thanks to the Judge, our President, Mr Alun Williams.

I would like to thank all members who kindly gave up their time to help on the stall which was of great interest to the public and hopefully new members. We won the reserve rosette for the effort.

I would also like to thank Dick Mills who kindly loaned us a ewe and lamb to go on the stall.

Mrs Elizabeth Eagles, Chairman

Message from our Chairman

I hope everyone had a successful lambing this year and look forward to seeing many members throughout the summer. Our awards dinner is on the evening of November 12th at the Llanelwedd Arms, Builth Wells and I hope many members old and new will attend. I look forward to seeing you.

Mrs Elizabeth Eagles (Chairman)


   Aled Groucott with Groucott Family's yearling ram,
   Champion of the Show and Sale 2010


Roger Davies (Flock 1) giving members and
guest a a brief history of the Society


   Mrs Elizabeth Eagles (Chairlady) welcoming members
   and guests to the Open Day


Anna-Lou Daybell and her working sheepdogs before the
sheepdog training demonstration



Open Day Pictures


The Society Open Day to celebrate our 25th Anniversary was held at Castel Cennen, Llandeilo. The day, featured on Ffermio (S4C) was highly successful with a fantastic turnout


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Some of the days activities.

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Happy 25th Anniversary!

Balwen Silver Jubilee in the news

Read new Western Mail article about the 25th Anniversary celebrations.

25th Anniversary Open Day

The Society is holding an Open Day to celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Sunday October 10th 2010 at Carreg Cennen Castle, Trapp, Llandeilo, courtesey of Mr & Mrs Bernard Llewellyn (Flock 2).
The day will start at 11am, activities include:-

   Junior Stock judging
   Sheep trimming demonstration
   Sheep dog training demonstration
   Quiz, etc

Entry for adults and guests will be the price of the lunch (£11)
Entry for members and children of members 16 and under FREE (lunch provided)

Please book your place by 20th September using the form sent out in the newsletter or contact the Secretary for further details.

The society also has commemorative glasses for sale at £10 each. See the Merchandise page.

Royal Welsh 2010


Champion Jones Family Flock 84 with Meinir Jones
Reserve Champion Jen James Flock 117


Rhian Thomas Flock 211 showing her yearling ewe
in the young Handlers Competition


Aled Groucott and Nathan Jarrold with the Groucott Family's winning group (Flock 234)


Competitors in the ram lamb class


Balwen Sheep Society 25th Anniversary trailor
in the main ring at the Royal Welsh show

Smallholders Show @ Builth Wells


Champion Emma Davies
Reserve Champion Groucott Family
with judge Geraint Jones

New Committee Members

Following a successful AGM the updated list of committee members is now available on the Breed Society page.

New Website Launched

Welcome to the new look website. All the information from the old site is still here along with some new features for members and those interested in the Balwen breed.

Balwen Sheep Society members can now advertise sheep for sale free of charge on this site as part of their annual membership fee. Advertisements are only accepted if they are for specific animals and not for general marketing purposes . Only registered animals may be advertised. Go to the marketplace for further details.

Also new is the Picture Gallery. Please email your pictures to the Webmaster. Photos from this years upcoming shows would be particulary welcome. If you do not have a digital camera but wish to send photographs in please post them to the Breed Society secretary.

If you have any comments or suggestions on how to improve the site, please email.

Society Dinner


Trophy winners at the Society Dinner held in November 2009

Members enjoyed the evening at the Llanelwedd Arms in November with guest speaker Mr. Pat Tantrum.

Pencefn Cup winner for most flock points gained at shows during 2009 was Katie & Georgina Davies (Flock 289).

RWAS Winter Fair


Mr Brian Price (Flock 183) Highest placed member.

NSA Sale and Show Results


104 animals were entered in the sale. Trade compared well with last year.

49 animals were entered into the show.


Congratulations to the Groucott Family (Flock 234) and Geraint Jones (Flock 24, shown by Betsan Jones), who were Champion and Reserve respectively, pictured here with Judge Mr. Chris Lewis.

Royal Welsh Show 2009 Results


Judge: Mr Roger Davies with Mr Dafydd William's Ram, Champion male and Breed Champion (Flock 356) and Groucott Family's yearling ewe, Female Champion and Reserve Breed Champion


Paul Wozencraft showing a ram lamb belonging to Katie & Georgina Davies (Flock 289), Rhian, niece of Alun & Mair Williams (Flock 11), showing their ewe lamb and Aled Groucott showing the Groucott Family's yearling ewe (Flock 234) in the Lloyd Family Trophy.