NHBG OPEN DAY – 2016 by Ted Clover (Chairman NHBG)
A big thank you to Paul Furness and Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph for a great Norfolk Horn Breeders’ Group Open Day on Sunday 10th July. Paul, like the rest of us, had suffered from a very wet June and early July which put back a number of jobs, such as hay making. The day itself was mostly dry, but we did have a few heavy showers. We met at 2pm and had refreshments, we were then given the opportunity to see the famous Church Farm pig racing (I had my money on Ham Solo!), a hugely popular event at the Centre and at Shows. We also were able to have a look around the rest of the site and the range of rare breed animals that are on show. This included the Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep.
Paul also had a couple of his Norfolk Horn lambs and Blue Texel Cross lambs in pens to demonstrate the work he is doing using the Norfolk Horn ewe as a terminal dam to produce a commercial lamb. Paul’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the breed is clear and offered a refreshing view on using the breed’s qualities for commercial advantage.
Once the visitors and the rain had died down, we were taken on a tractor and trailer tour around the Stow estate to see the range of sheep breeds grazing this great Norfolk estate. They included Herdwicks, White Faced Woodland, Wensleydale, Southdown, North Ronaldsay, Manx Loaghtan, Boreray, and of course the Norfolk Horns. The day ended with a delicious BBQ including Paul’s home-made coleslaw!
Thank you to Paul and all the team for giving their time to accommodate us on a busy, normal, working Sunday at Church Farm.