Powys farmer Emyr Wigley raised £16,905 at an auction at Carlisle Mart, where he sold cattle from his Old Stackyard British Blue herd. The funds will be donated to two charities close to Emyr’s heart: R.A.B.I and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Two years ago, Emyr established his unique herd in memory of his late wife, Evelyn. Before their retirement, the Wigleys used to keep a small herd of British Blue cattle alongside a dairy herd.
“Evelyn and I built up a dairy herd with hard work and long hours,” explained Emyr. “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.”
Sadly, soon after their retirement Evelyn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Following her death, Emyr decided to start another herd to raise funds for two charities that were important to Evelyn.
Emyr said: “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 wanted to do something to help combat this evil disease as a tribute to my wife.”
While they had sold their farm, Emyr still owned some land. He started over and bought prime heifers from some of the UK’s top breeders. Over the past two years, he has developed a 25-strong herd.
Auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington kindly waived their fee to sell five heifers and one young bull from Emyr’s herd.
Pictured above are (L to R) Andy Rider from the British Blue Breed Society, R.A.B.I trustee Jo Turnbull, Emyr Wigley, Jess Vigni from Ovarian Cancer Action and Heather Pritchard from Harrison & Hetherington.