The annual sheep shearing event was held at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi recently, one of the qualifying competitions for the Welsh open circuits. Cneifio Llysfasi Shearing has been running since the mid 70’s and yet again proved to be very successful drawing a large number of competitors and supporters.

Entries were strong in all categories with tough competition between individual competitors at all levels. Categories included Junior, Inter, Senior, Blade and Open competitions, with prize money available for each. In addition this year, an exciting new event was hosted, the wool handling competition which attracted nearly 20 entries. A ‘Novice Blade’ shearing class was also new to this years event, with the aim of helping those who want to progress to the ‘Open Blade’ shearing class in the future.

Over eight hundred ewe lambs were sheared during the event. The ewe lambs were supplied by Mr Clwyd Hughes of Llangwyfan Farm near Denbigh again this year, giving the competitors the very best in shearing quality.

Agricultural Lecturer at the college, Dafydd Jones, who organised the event said:
‘’We must thank everybody involved in organising and participating in the event, from the sponsors, competitors, supporters, judges, commentators, wool wrappers, time keepers, staff and students from the college that helped out to prepare for the event and who worked very hard on the day.’’

Winners included Dafydd Evans who won the Junior competition. Morgan Hughes took home the 1st prize in the Intermediate and Ash Jones was 1st in the Senior group. The Open competition was won by Richard Jones and Allan Oldfield was awarded the 1st prize in the Open Blade section. Beca Jackson won first prize in the new Novice blade class. Sarah Rees won the wool handling novice competition and Hilary Bond took home the first prize in the wool open.

The week after the main shearing competition event, Llysfasi students were learning the techniques of shearing with the aim of competing against each other as best shearer.
Expertly instructed by British Wool Marketing Board instructor Hywel Wigley and Llysfasi lecturer Dafydd Jones they developed their skills to become capable wool removers. The students had the opportunity to shear for 4 solid days on the 6 man New Zealand style shearing stand based at Llysfasi. During the 4th day students attempted to achieve their blue and bronze award and many completed these to a high level.

The highlight of the week was the student competition where they went head to head and judged on time it took to shear and the quality of their work. The 5 man final came to an exciting end, each student shearing 3 ewe lambs each with Jac Ellis winning not only with the best time but with the cleanest pen as well.

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