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Old Stackyard Blues Summary of 2021
Another very successful year has passed which has seen much activity both on and off the farm. In spite of Covid we had a good start to 2021 – a 5th clean TB test in February. 2 young bulls entered the Cogent stud at £6000 each.
In March we had a sharp reminder that breeding blues is not for the faint hearted. Heidi my 10 yr old cow damaged her hip 6 months earlier, yet fortunately calved a beautiful heifer calf Reve, but Heidi had to be put down a week later. Erica calved her 10th calf but also had to be put down full of arthritis. Kandy an 8 yr old cow had a breach birth ending in a Caesarean section, she also had peritonitis and we lost her a week later but miraculously had a live calf, Rosie. We ended the year with 12 calves.
A third Open Garden was held 4 July in aid of Ovarian Cancer Action (this coincides with what would have been Evelyn’s Birthday) the weather was mostly kind to us except for one rogue thunderous downpour which saw us sheltering in the garage! £1345 was raised.
A second Open Farm day was held 4 September which gave the public the chance to meet us and view the cattle. A great day was had by all. It was lovely hot sunny day and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting you.
A huge thank you to everyone for the donations, raffle prizes, stands and assistance on the day
· Digger Rentals
· JT Hughes
· The Tankard
· Rikki Lloyds (Butchers)
And many more individual donations which number too many to list! £3658 was raised. £5300 in total for both events.
2021 also saw us taking cattle to Shrewsbury 6 Mar 21 where 2 bulls sold for £4000 each and a visit to Carlisle 15 May 21 – where Ottslee, Otto, Oswald, Omar and Penny helped to raise our fundraising total (details can be found in ‘Past sales’ tab above)
The Old Stackyard Blues website had huge makeover and we ventured into the world of Facebook with 218 followers so far.
Emyr was very proud to receive an award from RABI, ‘RABI Trustees Special Award’, at the Winter Fair - Builth Wells for fundraising achievements during the difficult years of 2020 and 2021.
Aspirations for 2022
We hope to reach the £100.000 fundraising total in the next year, there will another trip to Carlisle and of course the Open Garden event 3 July 22. With a bit of good luck we should have 12-14 calves.
Emyr and Laura both look forward to working with and meeting more of you all in 2022.
Little Rolo is growing up fast!
The first calf in the herd by Goodyhills Emperor and Pendle Ko Ko.
Born 2 Dec 21 at 54 kilos and when weighed on 1 Jan 22 was 95 kilos (28 days old)
THE CHARITY PROJECT
A Small Initiative with a
Big Ambition to fulfil a Dream
This is a charity project now into its sixth 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.
1st calf due Mar/Apr 2022
Rolo - Born 2 Dec 21 - White and Blue Bull Calf - Sire: Goodyhills Emperor - Dam: Pendle Ko Ko
Reni - Born 28 Aug 21 - Dark Blue Roan Female - Sire: Old Stackyard Otto - Dam: Stonebyres Lola
Randolf - Born 29 Aug 21 - Blue and White Bull - Sire: Old Stackyard Otto - Dam: Old Stackyard Naomi
Rita - Born 17 July 21 - Black with a little White Calf - Sire: Old Stackyard Otto - Dam : Stonebyres Lizzie
Ruby - Born 26 June 21 - White and Roan Female Calf - Sire: Old Stackyard Otto - Dam: Stonebyres Kylie
Raven - Born 25 June 21 - Black and White Female Calf - Sire: Almeley Harlequin - Dam: Stonebyres Kendra
Born 2 May 21 – Black and White Bull Calf – Sire: New Close Colonel - Dam: Old Stackyard Olive
Ronni – Born 21 Apr 21 - Sire: Almeley Wellington - Dam: Stonebyres Erica
Rambo – White Bull - Born 6 Apr 21 – Sire: Kelowna Jimbo - Dam: Stonebyres Ivory
Ruben – Blue and White Bull – Born 30 Mar 21 – Sire: Almeley Wellington – Dam: Stonebyres June
Rosie – Dark Blue Roan Female Calf – Born 24 Mar 21 – Sire: Almeley Wellington – Dam: Graystone Khandy
Reve – White Female Calf – Born 4 Feb 21 – Sire: Kelowna Jimbo – Dam: Stonebyres Heidi
Pedro – Black and White Bull – Born 16 Dec 20 – Sire: Almeley Wellington – Dam: Pendle KoKo
Pearl - Black and White Heifer - Born naturally 18 Aug 20 - Sire: New Close Colonel - Dam: Stonebyres Kendra
Petal – Dark Blue Roan Heifer – Born 14 July 20 – Sire: New Close Colonel – Dam: Stonebyres Lola
Probert – Black Bull – Born 9 May 20 – Sire: Almeley Wellington – Dam: Stonebyres Erica
Panache – Black and White Bull – Born 7 May 20 – Sire: New Close Colonel – Dam: Stonebyres Lizzie
Peggy – Black and White Heifer – Born 29 Apr 20 – Sire: Kelowna Jimbo – Dam: Stonebyres June
Olive – Black and White Heifer – Born 17 Apr 19 – Sire: Kersey Ebony – Dam: Stonebyres June
Oeve – White Heifer – 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
Stonebyres Ivory – White Cow – Born 5 Dec 13 –
Sire: Tamhorn Enterprising – Dam: Stonebyres Crystal