As he prepares to embark on an antipodean adventure, young Ceredigion farmer Cennydd Eynon is next month putting his herd of pedigree Welsh Black cattle up for sale.
The 23 year-old who farms at Golygfa, Beulah, Newcastle Emlyn, established the Dyffryn Herd in 2000 with Castell, Cennen, Iwrch, Trefaes and Neuadd bloodlines forming the females, and the Iwrch herd forming the bulls.
His decision to sell the majority of his herd has resulted from his plans to take a year out to visit Australia and New Zealand.
The sale on June 2nd at Llandovery at 11am will consist of approximately 90 females and the senior stock bull Iwrch Banner.
Some 40 females will be sold with their spring calves at foot, or in calf; along with 35 maiden heifers and 11 heifers running with the bull. Some of the calves sold with their dams have been sired by Iwrch Mr Tee, which was bought at the WBCS January sale in 2006 for 10,600gns from Alun Vaughan, Moel Iwrch Uchaf, Nebo near Llanrwst.
But Cennydd is not selling Iwrch Mr Tee, who will be staying on the farm with a couple of heifers which will one day form the basis of a new herd.
The herd is certified accredited free of BVD (since May 2006) and has been certified monitored free of Johne’s disease (since February 2003).
As always the WBCS Council has linked up at the sale with Hybu Cig Cymru to provide information on the Welsh Beef Quality Improvement Project and provide information on and to promote the latest beef breeding development schemes and highlight the importance of performance recording of cattle.