This year the Vale of Glamorgan show has put on a new class for sheep breeders from near and far.
For many years the rare breed and primitive sheep, which are generally quite small, have shared the classes with the native hill and upland sheep. However, due to the increase in interest locally of the older primitive breeds of sheep and the forward thinking of the Vale of Glamorgan Show Society, there is now a class for them to compete together as a group.
Iconic luxury British sports car manufactuer, Aston Martin, who have an eye for the rare and beautful, have become the main sponsor and driving force to get this new class off the ground and they have also donated the Aston Martin perpetual trophy for the champion exhibit.
The newly formed Welsh Tannery, owned by Mr and Mrs Allum, know at first hand just how importand these sheep are and they are the sponsor of the group of three in the same class.
This new addition to the show is bound to attract attention as some of the rarest and most diverse sheep in the country will stand before expert Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) judge, Mr Chris Sully from Devon, to see which breed with become the first ever Vale of Glamorgan Show, rare breed and primitive champion sheep.
Whatever the outcome you can be assured that shepherds and sheep will take a further outing in the grand parade just for the pleasure of showing off these wonderful sheep who sculptured our landscape from the Isles of Scotland, the hills of Wales and to the tip of Lands End.
A visit to the Vale Show is the highlight of the farming year where town and country join together to celebreate the beautiful county that is – The Vale of Glamorgan.