UP-COMING SALE OF SELECTED STOCK FROM MY HERD
OLD STACKYARD BRITISH BLUES
Contact myself Emyr Wigley on 07971949882
In aid of
R.A.B.I and Ovarian Cancer Action
1) Bull 'Omar'. Born 21 Jun 19 - £10,000
2) Bull ' Oswald'. Born 6 Dec 2019, naturally born - £4,000
3) Heifer 'Pearl'. Born 18 Aug 2020, naturally born - £4,000
4) Heifer ' Penny'. Born 6 Jun 2020 - £2,000
If not sold privately beforehand these animals will be for sale at Carlisle in May 21
OLD STACKYARD PENNY
OLD STACKYARD PEGGY
OLD STACKYARD PEARL
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.
The herd is bred to AI, is Level 1 Herd Health, totally closed. Double fenced with badger proof wire on the inside.
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
Old Stackyard Polo a white bull calf naturally born 15 February out of Stonebyers Heidi by Kelowna Jimbo
Old Stackyard Power a white bull calf naturally born 16 March out of Stonebyers Ivory by Kelowna Jimbo
Old Stackyard Peggy born
naturally 29 April out of Stonebyres June by Newton Blues
Old Stackyard Panache bull calf naturally born 7 May out of Stonebyres Lizzie by Newclose Colonel
Old Stackyard Probert bull calf naturally born but breached 9 May out of Stonebytes Erica by Almley Wellington
Old Stackyard Penny heifer calf naturally born 2 June out of Greystone Kandy by Old Stackyard Ned
Old Stackyard Petal heifer calf naturally born 14 July out of Stonebyres Lola by Newclose Colonel
Old Stackyard Blues:-
Born on the 16th July 2019 out of Stonebyers Ivory by Newton Blues Cracker
(Taken March 2020)
Now served and scanned in calf
Born on the 26 th February 2019 out of Greystone Khandy by Newton Blues Cracker
Born on the 27 th February 2019 out of Stonebyers Heidi by Boherard Cantona
Born on the 17
April 2019 out of Stonebyers
June by Kersey Ebony
daughter out of Stonebyers June, now due with 4th calf in
under 4 years
Born on the 23rd June 2019 out
of Stonebyers Kylie
by Boehard Cantona
Born on the 6th December 2019 out of Pendle Koko by Newclose Colonel
Erica, Heidi, Ivory, Lizzie
Kylie and June
First Calf by Almley Wellington with Panache looking on
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"
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Old Stackyard Ned
Sold for 3000gns
Proceeds divided between the two Charities
Naturally born 28th January 2018
out of Stonebyers Heidi
by Kelona Ferdinand
7th Mar 2020
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.
Old Stackyard Narcosi
Born on the 16thJuly 2018 out of
Stonebyers Kylie by Cromwell Fendt
Purchased for £4300 by Eifion Williams, Cilmawr, Llangedwyn, Oswestry
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
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