The Old Stackyard Blues cattle were sold at Shrewsbury Livestock Market 4 March 2023
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The book written by Emyr Wigley about his life is now available to buy.
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THE CHARITY PROJECT
A Small Initiative with a
Big Ambition to fulfil a Dream
This is a charity project now into its seventh 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.
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 produces 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.
The herd is bred to AI, is Level 1 Herd Health, totally closed. Double fenced with badger proof wire on the inside.
Tilly - Born 19 Jan 23 - Blue and White Female - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Pendle Ko Ko
Sasha - Born 22 Oct 22 - Black and a little White Female - Sire: Crackley Bank Oscar - Dam: Old Stackyard Peggy
Suzie - Born 27 Sep 22 - Blue Roan Female - Sire: Newpole Icon - Dam: Old Stackyard Pearl
Sidney - Born 5 Sep 22 - Dark Blue Roan Male - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Stonebyres Lola
Selene - Born 1 Sep 22 - White Female - Sire: Newpole Icon - Dam: Old Stackyard Petal
Shirley - Born 29 Aug 22 - Blue and White Female - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Goodyhills Lulu
Storm - Born 19 Jul 22 - Black Female - Sire: Cromwell Fendt - Dam: Old Stackyard Naomi
Stella - Born 13 Jun 22 - Black and White Female - Sire: Almeley Wellington - Dam: Stonebyres Kendra
Samson - Born 25 Jun 22 - Black and White Male - Sire: New Close Colonel - Dam: Stonebyres Lizzie
Skye - Born 12 May 22 - Blue and White Female - Sire: Almeley Wellington - Dam: Stonebyres Kylie
Sally - Born 8 Apr 22 - Blue and White Female - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Stonebyres June
Sian - Born 7 Apr 22 - White Female - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Old Stackyard Oeve
Shona - Born 28 Mar 22 - White Female - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Stonebyres Ivory
Rolo - Born 2 Dec 21 - White and Blue Bull Heifer - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Pendle Ko Ko
Randolf - Born 29 Aug 21 - Blue and White Bull - Sire: Old Stackyard Otto - Dam: Old Stackyard Naomi
Ruby - Born 26 June 21 - White and Roan Female Heifer - Sire: Old Stackyard Otto - Dam: Stonebyres Kylie
Raven - Born 25 June 21 - Black and White Female Heifer - Sire: Almeley Harlequin - Dam: Stonebyres Kendra
Born 2 May 21 – Black and White Bull – Sire: New Close Colonel - Dam: Old Stackyard Olive
Ruben – Blue and White Bull – Born 30 Mar 21 – Sire: Almeley Wellington – Dam: Stonebyres June
Rosie – Dark Blue Roan Female Heifer– Born 24 Mar 21 – Sire: Almeley Wellington – Dam: Graystone Khandy
Reve – White Female Heifer– Born 4 Feb 21 – Sire: Kelowna Jimbo – Dam: Stonebyres Heidi
Pearl - Black and White Cow - Born naturally 18 Aug 20 - Sire: New Close Colonel - Dam: Stonebyres Kendra
Petal – Dark Blue Roan Cow – Born 14 July 20 –
Sire: New Close Colonel – Dam: Stonebyres Lola
Peggy – Black and White Cow – Born 29 Apr 20 – Sire: Kelowna Jimbo – Dam: Stonebyres June
Olive – Black and White Cow – Born 17 Apr 19 – Sire: Kersey Ebony – Dam: Stonebyres June
Oeve – White Cow – Born 25 Feb 19 – Sire: Newton Blues Kracker – Dam: Stonebyres Ivory
Original Herd & 2018
Naomi – Black Cow – Born 7 May 18 – Sire: New Close Colonel – Dam: Stonebyres Erica
Stonebyres Lizzie – Black and White Cow - Born 6 Feb 16 – Sire: Norbreck Black Beauty – Dam: Stonebyres Heidi
Goodyhills Lulu – Black and White Cow – Born 3 Apr 16 – Sire: Stonebyres Hartley – Dam: Knells Gaga
Stonebyres Lola – Blue and White Cow – Born 1 May 16 – Sire: Tamhorn Enterprising – Dam: Stonebyres Erica
Pendle Ko Ko – Black and White Cow – Born 15 Apr 15 – Sire: Blue Stone Union Jack – Dam: Pendle Fern
Stonebyres Kendra – Black with Little White Cow – Born 24 Mar 15 – Sire: Tamhorn Enterprising – Dam: Stonebyres Erica
Stonebyres Kylie – Black and White Cow – Born 10 Jan 15 – Sire: Tamhorn Enterprising – Dam: Stonebyres Gemp
Stonebyres June – Blue and White Cow – Born 2 Jun
14 – Sire: Tamhorn Sumo – Dam: Tamhorn Goodtimegirl