Recent weather has been kind - but Robin and Meinir Jones are taking no chances with their Greyface
Competition judge Wynne Davies narrowed the field of 21 breed section champions - which included the spectacularly shaggy and seldom seen Greyface
Dartmoor, to a shortlist of three.
Dartmoor Ch - A & J Flexman, Lampeter; R - Peter Blythe, Top-y-Ffordd, Hope Mountain, Caergwrle.
The gene bank project will support moves to conserve the 28 rare breeds of sheep from across Britain, including the Oxford Down, the Greyface
Dartmoor, the Hebridean, the Southdown, the Norfolk Horn and the Teeswater.
Suffolk rams were put to greyface
ewes, though we soon moved towards Suffolk Cheviots to improve lamb quality.
to PS67 Hesleywell, PS64 Taylorburn and PS61.
Former police officer Peter Blythe, of Top-y-Ffordd, Hope Mountain, Caergwrle, just missed out on the interbreed line-up when standing reserve in the Greyface
The Ryeland White and the Greyface
Dartmoor are included in the 73 classes and special awards for sheep, eight for pigs, nine for Angora goats, 15 for pygmy goats and 33 for dairy goats in the Smallholder and Garden Festival at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on May 21 and 22.
ewes with good Suffolk tups gives us the stylish black- faced lamb that brings in good bids at mart.
195p Tangytavil, 192p Arnicle, 190p Wanwood Hill, 186p Albierigg, 185p Hill Brae, 182p Penpeugh.
191p Wilseydown, 187p Raby Grange, 182p Whiteside, 179p Culquhasen & High Acres.
Eligible rare and primitive breeds include: Boreray, Castlemilk Moorit, Leicester Longwool, North Ronaldsey, Teeswater, Hill Radnor; Soay, Whitefaced Woodland, Balwen, Cotswold, Devon & Cornwall Longwool, Dorset Down, Lincoln Longwool, Manx Loaghtan, Norfolk Horn, Portland, Wensleydale, Whitefaced Dartmoor, Dorset Horn, Greyface
Dartmoor, Llanwenog, Oxford Down; Ryeland, Shropshire and Shetland.