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Welcome to the home of OLD STACKYARD BRITISH BLUES - MID-WALES

e-mail: eveblues3@outlook.com Mobile: 07971 949882


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2020 ACCREDITATION

 One year clear TB test on the 11th of February

Retention of Level 1 status under the 

Premium Cattle Health Scheme

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UP-COMING SALE OF SLECTED STOCK FROM MY HERD

OF

OLD STACKYARD BRITISH BLUES

Contact myself Emyr Wigley on 07971949882

Email:  eveblues3@outlook.com 

www.oldstackyardblues.com 

In aid of

  R.A.B.I and Ovarian Cancer Action   

     

I am looking to sell 12-14 animals in total over the coming 8 months, preferably through private sales  

 

to include

 

5 Breeding Bulls

also

Cows with both Calves and in Calf, and Maiden Heifers.



Old Stackyard Omar Oct 2020 2jpg OLD STACKYARD OMAR



Five Bulls Oct 2020 2jpg FIVE BULLS



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 COWS & CALVES



Penny 2020 2jpg OLD STACKYARD PENNY



Peggy Oct 2020 2jpg OLD STACKYARD PEGGY


 

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OLD STACKYARD PEARL



Petal Oct 2020 2jpg  OLD STACKYARD PETAL


It was in 2016 that I first established the Old Stackyard British Blues herd in memory of my late wife Evelyn. We had sold our farm and built a house for our retirement, but sadly Evelyn’s untimely death from cancer changed everything. I launched this Blues herd from scratch,  with just three cows and five heifers, for the sole purpose of raising funds for my two favoured causes. Four years on, I have raised over £50,000 so far – and am now planning the biggest sale to date. 

 Having already sold, from the outset, 4 bulls and 17 maiden heifers, I should explain: “The herd has done incredibly well and grown to 28 with 11 more calves due next year. They keep me busy with all the calves this year born naturally, unlike the previous eighteen months with 7 breech births resulting in 3 caesarean section which was diappointing, having initially purchased the 3 cows and 5 maiden heifers from naturally calving blood lines. These, being the original animals, are still in the herd, with the oldest cow Stonebyers Erica, now due with her ninth calf. All calves are reared on silage, good grass and hay, and calf rearing nuts.


 I’m looking for private sales, but I’ve also got the option of going to market in Carlisle in January and May, or Shrewsbury next March.”


The herd is bred to AI, is Level 1 Herd Health, totally closed. Double fenced with badger proof wire on the inside.  For more details visit (www.oldstackyardblues.com or telephone me on 07971949882).

 

Now 75, I live on my memories but that does not prevent me recently climbing to the top of Snowdon.  I split most of my time between the garden and the herd. As ‘caretaker’it is my pleasure to maintain the  spectacular gardens developed by my wife; which is an extravaganza of hundreds of plants in three-quarters of an acre, including 70 roses, 35 hydrangeas, dozens of penstemons and hundreds of geraniums, petunias and fuchsias. Hence the joy of opening the gardens to the public, which of course is another means of supporting my favoured charities. 



I’ve done open gardens before but this time, because of the restrictions, I had to limit people to two-hour slots and was unable to serve teas. I still took over £600 on the gate, with some people insisting on paying on the way in and the way out!”

 

I had intended to have a farmers open day on the 26th September this year but had to abandon it. Look out for another go next year

 



2020 CALF CROP



Old Stackyard Polo a white bull calf naturally born 15 February out of Stonebyers Heidi by Kelowna Jimbo

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Old Stackyard Power a white bull calf naturally born 16 March out of Stonebyers Ivory by Kelowna Jimbo


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Old Stackyard Peggy born naturally 29 April out of Stonebyres June by Newton Blues Cracker

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Old Stackyard Panache bull calf naturally born 7 May out of Stonebyres Lizzie by Newclose Colonel

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Old Stackyard Probert bull calf naturally born but breached 9 May out of Stonebytes Erica by Almley Wellington

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Old Stackyard Penny heifer calf naturally born 2 June out of Greystone Kandy by Old Stackyard Ned


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Old Stackyard Petal heifer calf naturally born 14 July out of Stonebyres Lola by Newclose Colonel



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Old Stackyard Pearl  black and white heifer calf born 18 Aug unassisted out of Stonebyers Kendra  by Newclose Colonel. 43Kilos.

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COMMENTARY



The Latest Addition - Old Stackyard Petal


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The First Calf by Almley Wellington - Old Stackyard Probert

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First Calf by Almley Wellington with Panache looking on

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Next lot of Bulls coming up For Sale


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THE RESIDENT HERD

Old Stackyard Blues:-



Oeve

Born on the 16th July 2019 out of Stonebyers Ivory by Newton Blues Cracker 

(Taken March 2020)

Now served and scanned in calf

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Otto

Born on the 26 th  February 2019 out of Greystone Khandy by Newton Blues Cracker

(Taken July 2020)

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Ottslee

Born on the 27 th  February 2019 out of Stonebyers Heidi by Boherard Cantona

(Taken July 2020)

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Olive

Born on the 17 th April 2019 out of Stonebyers June by Kersey Ebo

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3rd daughter out of Stonebyers June, now due with 4th calf in under 4 years

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Oliver

Born on the 10 th May 2019 out of Stonbyers Erica by Stonebyers Hartley

(Taken July 2020)

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Omar

Born on the 23rd June 2019 out of Stonebyers Kylie  by Boehard Cantona
(Taken July 2020) 

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Oswald

Born on the 6th December 2019 out of Pendle Koko by Newclose Colonel 

(Taken July 2020)

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(along with)

Old Stackyard:-

Naomi

Stonebyres:-

Erica, Heidi, Ivory, Lizzie

Lola, Kendra

Kylie and June

Greystone:-

Khandy

Pendle:-
Koko

Goodyhills:-

Lulu






THE CHARITY PROJECT


AMBITION

 

A Small Initiative

with a

Big Ambition

to fulfil a

Dream

 This is a charity project now into its fourth year and progressing over and above expectations. This is an honest dream of Mr Richard Emyr Wigley in memory of his wife Mrs Dilys Evelyn Wigley to support deprived farmers, a cancer charity and a public awareness campaign to educate about ovarian cancer.

My name is Emyr Wigley and I established Old Stackyard British Blues in 2016 as a charity in memory of my dear late wife Dilys Evelyn Wigley.  It is intended to raise money to support Ovarian Cancer Action research and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

FULFILMENT

Evelyn and I built up a dairy herd with hard work and long hours.  We also had a small group of "Blues".  We managed to be successful only by hard work and much self sacrifice, with the business needs always coming first.  Sound management of the business as a whole was essential, and as I have always said my wife Evelyn was the "Financial Director"


Our plans for travel, our caravan holidays, and walking in the beautiful British countryside, loved by us both were put on hold until our retirement.  It was a devastating blow to learn in the first few years of our retirement, that Evelyn had ovarian cancer.  She was a very special lady, kind, caring and multi-talented and after a lifetime of work the majority of her retirement years were stolen from her.  Whilst tragically too late to help my dear Evelyn, I had to do something to help combat this evil disease, and be a tribute to my wife.

I decided therefore to establish this small breeding herd of British Blues, to make money for Ovarian Cancer Action and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, as we had a long-term connection with farming.

We had sold our farm, and built a house for our retirement, but we had kept some land, so one of the essentials was still there.  I had to start again as regards buildings, equipment , fences and the purchase of pedigree livestock.  As a result the herd is accommodated in a new purpose built housing unit with yardage adjacent to grassland paddocks, for managed handling and grazing.  Because of their value  a CCTV security system has been set up, along with bio-security TB prevention, badger-proof fencing etc.

As these animals breed and grow, and are eventually sold, this will hopefully produce the funds for charity; and keep me busy!

I have to pay tribute  to the family, friends, individuals, businesses, contractors and companies who have helped me in so many different ways in the establishment of the charity.  So much assistance has been given, from hours of work, to donations of necessary equipment, and substantial discounts on buildings, equipment, services etc, for which I will always be grateful.


A Charity Lunch

Was held on the 23rd July 2016

together with a Promise Auction and a Raffle 

A sum of 

£8,200 

was raised for Ovarian Cancer Action




An eventful Charity Open Farm Evening in

Memory of Evelyn 

at

OLD STACKYARD BLUES 

MID WALES 

Was held at Old Stackyard, Cefn-y-Coed 

Llansantffraid 

SY22 6TB 

on Saturday 15th July 2017

In Aid 

of 

Ovarian Cancer Action & Royal Agricultural 

Benevolent Institution

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All-in-all a satisfactory outcome

with the final figure, including match funding from Barclays, in excess 

of 

£4,300


 

 OLD STACKYARD BRITISH BLUES - MID-WALES

A Selection of Old Stackyard Progeny was offered for sale by

Harrison and Hetherington

at their British Blue Cattle Society Spring Show & Sale

Carlisle

19th May 2018  

My entries in aid of Old Stackyard Charity Blues raised more than £16,900 for my chosen two charities at the Society’s May sales fixture in Carlisle on the 19th May 2018 when I entered five heifers and a young bull.

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These were the first registered progeny to be sold from my recently established Old Stackyard Blues herd here at Llansantffraid, Powys. The herd was established two years ago with the sole purpose of generating funds for Ovarian Cancer Action and RABI, my wife Evelyn having died from ovarian cancer.  

The top this year was 3,800gns (£3,990 with auctioneers’ commission thrown in). The January 2017 heifer Old Stackyard Blues Mono, which came second in class OF.11, is by the Empire D’Ochain son Boherard Cantona and out a Tamhorn Enterprising daughter, one of his foundation cows bought from the Stonebyres herd.

Three of the other heifers sold were by Kersey Geronimo and a fourth by Tamhorn Enterprising:-

Megan, Mary, Mia, Molly 

   ( Also sold from the foundation herd was Stonebyers Merlin)
Six Lots in all
I was delighted with the trade for stock at Carlisle and was also grateful to Harrison and Hetherington for contributing their commission to the cause. But the other thing that has been so pleasing about all of this has been the wonderful people it has brought me into contact with – people in the breed I had never known before. I am particularly grateful for those who helped and encouraged me, and supported me with this venture.  

BBCS secretary Andy Ryder said the Society was pleased to continue supporting Mr Wigley in his commendable initiative.     

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On the

9th September 2018

I joined staff from Morgans of Oswestry

in a

Charity Walk to

Snowdon Summit

to

raise funds for

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I was favoured with sponsorship monies of

£435

Morgans of Oswestry raised

£4,300



Opening

of

Evelyn’s Garden
to the public for the

OPEN GARDEN EVENT
At Old Stackyard
29th June 2019

Proceeds to Ovarian Cancer Action


It was a successful day at the open garden event on the 29th June.

The final result realised 

£1855

for Ovarian Cancer Action.  

 A big thank you to Llanrhaeadr Garden Club for their considerable help with teas etc and contribution of £250.


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FOR THE SECOND YEAR OF SHOWING

(Since newly formed in 2016)

‘OLD STACKYARD BRITISH BLUES’

PRESENTED

for sale

at

CARLISLE

on 17th May 2019

2 Bulls and 7 Heifers

1 Bull (Old Stackyard Max) and 7 Females (of the Old Stackyard progeny) were sold with a top price of £4000. The mean age for the 8 animals was 12½ months, and the average price per head was £1900. Down £800 on last year. Reflecting, perhaps the uncertainty of Brexit and the after effects of last year’s drought, and pressure on capital.

£4000 has been divided between 2 Charities

1 Bull (Old Stackyard Ned) was brought to the ring unsold and will be kept until next spring (proceeds to be divided between 2 charities).

The most pleasing part of the event was to take 9 animals to the sale (having only kept one animal from those born in 2017/2018 as herd replacement) all passing inspection, and meeting acquaintances, old and new.

For a REVIEW of the foregoing sale entries see below.



CARLISLE SALE

24th Jan 2020

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Old  Stackyard Ned

Sold for 3000gns

Proceeds divided between the two Charities

Naturally born 28th January 2018

out of Stonebyers Heidi

by Kelona Ferdinand



PRIVATE SALE

7th Mar 2020

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Old Stackyard Opal

Was fancied by Joel Gill after seeing her on the website as a calf and in January asked to update the picture on the website. On 7 March he came down to look at her and purchased her for £3000. Although intending to keep her I reluctantly I let her go. I wish him good luck and hope that she will breed well for him.

Born on the 8th Sepember out of 

Stonebyers Kendra by Newclose Colonel

 The proceeds will be divided between the two Charities.




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Old Stackyard Narcosi

Born on the 16thJuly 2018 out of

Stonebyers Kylie by Cromwell Fendt

Purchased for £4300 by Eifion Williams, Cilmawr, Llangedwyn, Oswestry

Very correct and well grown

Out of my best cow who has had 3 bull calves in under 3 years

The proceeds to be divided between the two Charities





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Old Stackyard Ono

Born on the 5 th May 2019 out of Stonebyers Lizzie by Newton Blues Cracker 

(Taken February 2020)

Purchased for £1100 by Ryan Morris, Llangedwyn, Oswestry

and will go on for breeding as a suckler cow 


E V E L Y N’ S  G A R D E N 2020

AT THE OLD STACKYARD, DEYTHEUR, SY22 6TB

Was again opened to the public for the

OPEN GARDEN EVENT
At Old Stackyard
16th August 2020

It was a successful day at the open garden event.

The final result realised

£1150

For Ovarian Cancer Action

A big thanks to all for generously supporting the Event.

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