GREAT interest was shown in a seven-month-old Boer goat named Morley Frank that took supreme champion goat at the annual Llandysul and Agricultural Show on Saturday (September 7).

Owned by Rees and Chillery of Blaenporth, the goat purchased as an embryo from Australia won his section. Other goats owned by the same couple also gained reserve champion and first prizes.

“I originally bred Mountain Glamorgan Sheep for many, many years but changed paths two years ago and started breeding Boer goats,” said Mr Rees.

“They are very quiet animals, they don’t require shearing and easily give birth to twins and triplets. We currently have a herd of 26 and like to sell them as blood stock.”

The show held at Hengae Fields, Saron, now in its 145th year, saw an increase in sheep and equine entries, with many entering on the day. Long-standing show secretary Beth Davies was delighted the heavy showers subsided and that the show field was buzzing with competitors and spectators alike.

She said: “Entries were on the up and very popular on the day. The sun is out and the lorry park is full. The horticulture, domestic and handicraft tent has also been very well supported this year and so too the craft fair. So all in all, a very good show.”

The sheep section saw a large young handler class with local judge Lionel Organ of Rhos being “highly impressed” with the children, stating that each one should return home with a rosette for their expert handling.

Second prize in the young handler under 11 was awarded to nine-year-old Ffion Williams of Nantycaws who was showing her Llanwenog ewe lamb called Hermione.

Ffion has had a great season winning Champion Young Handler at Martletwy Show. Her brother Steffan, five, is also a keen young handler and shows his Suffolk cross, Dorey.

Chief Sheep Steward Keith Price was delighted with the turnout.

He said: “We’ve had a good turnout of sheep and young handlers with twice as many entries as last year. It’s great news for the show.”

And field owner Angus Wyse agreed: “The sun is shining, there’s a lot of stock here, and all the hard work by the committee has paid off.”

The cattle section saw quality exhibits, with the Welsh Black Championship being awarded to four-year-old Tysul Nansi Tenth having won the Cow in Calf class.

Shown by owners and breeders Alaw Haf James and her father Aled from Penrhiwllan, the family has had a very successful season winning at both the Pembrokeshire County Show and at the Tivyside Agricultural Show this year.

Aled said: “This is the last show of the year for us and we are very happy with the result. It was also great to have won at Pembrokeshire, it was a big achievement for us to win at such a big county show.

“We also enjoy attending this show as it brings the community together to socialise and to keep the show going.”

The 2019 President was local vet Robert Price Jones, of Tysul Vets accompanied by his wife Shirley who proudly displayed their presidents’ badges and showed a keen interest in all aspects of the show. Tysul Vets also had a stall at the show as it does annually.

“Shows and events such as the Llandysul Show are very important to the rural community especially at a time of uncertainty in the agricultural world. It’s heart-warming to see so many local people and many young ones competing and supporting the show. Pob lwc i’r sioe yn y dyfodol,” said Rob.

Over in the equine section, and Marieth Melody, the two-year-old Shire filly property of Elfed and Louise Davies of Betws Ifan, was crowned first, Junior Champion and went on to win her sixth Shire Championship this year.

In the C’s - Calvert Williams’ Section C yearling filly Walena Show Girl was first in her class and went on to win the C Championship and gained the bronze medal.

“I’m over the moon with the result. Many thanks to all my kind helpers,” said Calvert.

The supreme of show was awarded to Panteryrod Bentley, a coloured stallion owned by the Edwards and Horton family of the Maesygollen Stud near Abercych.

The CHAPS Silver graded stallion has won numerous championships and supremes over the years including Supreme South West Chaps Regional Show, Champion Coloured at the Royal Welsh, Reserve Supreme at Pembrokeshire County Show, Coloured Champion at Pembrokeshire County four times and was Supreme of the Mid-Wales Chaps Regional Show.

His owner Claire said: “He’s only been shown lightly the last few years due to being on stud duties with us. His yearling son was Reserve Champion to him in the coloureds at Llandysul yesterday too, so a perfect day.”

Hot on his hooves in reserve supreme spot was Hope Davies of Rhos riding her hunter Mojo, who was first and champion hunter during the day.