Sheep are the much loved national treasure of Wales, with now over an estimated 10 million in the country! Check out some innovative ideas on how you can get involved with these woolly creatures!
All in a Spin
Who are They?
All in a Spin is run by Dunja Roberts, who can teach you to have a go at hand spinning, weaving and other textile craft classes throughout the year for all abilities. Located at Pen Y Caeau Farm you can learn to spin, learn to weave, learn to knit or learn to crochet something beautiful and unique, or improve your skills. As an Ashford and Louet dealer, Dunja is also your one stop shop for new and used spinning wheels, looms and equipment. She also sells native breed fleece and associated items.
Dunja takes commissions to turn the fleece from your sheep into beautiful wool. Whether it’s super-chunky Herdwick for floor rugs or superfine Bluefaced Leicester for lace shawls, she can turn that fleece into the yarn of your dreams.
Continuing a tradition going back to the 1600’s, Dunja and her husband Brian, farm high in the Black Mountains near Crickhowell. Their philosophy is to ‘tread lightly’, with environmental sustainability and animal welfare at the heart of their farming practice.
Raising predominantly native breed sheep – Clun Forest and Lincoln Longwools from the UK and Zwartbles from Holland, they provide fine quality wool for her classes. They sell the lambs as pedigree breeding stock to other breeders, for meat through a local auction mart in Talgarth or direct to the public as freezer boxes. If you have not yet tried Zwartbles lamb from Pen Y Caeau Farm, you have really missed something! They also farm a small herd of native cross cattle to complement the sheep.
Good Day Out
Who Are They?
Good Day Out has a wide range of activities that are fun, educational or challenging, but every purchase on the site gives funds to a specific good cause. Whatever your interest, there will be a Good Day Out for you including those related to rural skills, environmental & wildlife conservation and heritage. Simply buy a voucher and then book for a specific date, or buy a general voucher as a special present, so the recipient can choose what they would like to do.
A unique chance to go sheep trekking in the Brecon Beacons National Park! Good Day Out has teamed up with Aberhyddnant Farm to create a completely new concept, which is more native than Llama Trekking and more fun than your average walk in the hills. Each sheep is fitted with its own little halter, and you will choose your own sheep from a small flock of especially trained Jacobs. He will then lead you along a scenic trek on that takes you towards the Black Mountain with scenic views towards Pen y Fan.
Check out the lovely FYI:Brecon video from thier inaugural trek
Llandovery Sheep Festival
If youre lucky enough to be visiting Llandovery in September, then why not attend the annual sheep festival on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2016. The festival celebrates droving, sheep farming and the wool industry.
Keep a watchful eye out for more details on the 2016 festival here
Visit the many shows in the Brecon Beacons in 2016 where you will be able to see more sheep than you count!
The Royal Welsh agricultural Show-July 18-21, 2016
Brecon County Show-Aug 6, 2016
Monmouthshire Show-Aug 25, 2016