Welsh farmer sells unique charity cattle herd for £81,000

A Welsh farmer's unique charity cattle herd has sold for £81,000 at auction. 

Emyr Wigley was delighted with the £81,000 raised by the sale of his unique charity herd of pedigree British Blue cattle at an auction in Shrewsbury, Saturday, March 4.

Emyr established the charity cattle in memory of his late, beloved wife Evelyn who died at the age of 69 from ovarian cancer in 2015.

He said: "I was impressed with how the cattle sold and looked in the salering and hopefully the money will help a lot of people."

Emyr sold up because he was seriously injured by one of his bulls whilst preparing it for a sale in Carlisle last month.

He is lucky to be alive after the "spooked" bull crushed and trampled him, leaving him with a badly injured legs.

Philosophical about the sale of the herd, he added: "If it hadn’t have been this year, it would probably have been next year.

"I was bit unfortunate to hurt myself but we have had seven years of pleasure from the cattle and have met some wonderfully generous people."

Emyr, 78, who lives at Deytheur, near Llansantffraid on the North Powys border with Shropshire, saw The Old Stackyard Blues be sold at top price, and 5,400 guinneas was recorded for a cow and calf.

Emyr’s cattle sold as part of an annual sale by auctioneers Halls of pedigree British Blues and commercial cattle.

He received an ovation from the large crowd gathered around the sale ring before the first of his cattle were sold.

After losing his wife, Emyr immediately pledged to do something positive to raise awareness and educate people about ovarian cancer, which he describes as an “evil disease” as a tribute to her.

Because of the couple’s long connection with the farming community, he also wanted to support farmers in need.

The Old Stackyard British Blues, established in 2016, was the only charity herd of its type in the UK, as all the money raised from the sale of the cattle over the past seven years has been shared between Ovarian Cancer Action and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Emyr had already raised nearly £122,000 for the charities before the sale and a further £300 was donated to the charities by JustGiving on Saturday morning.

The man plans to spend his time writing the second book about his life, making oak furniture, working in his garden, which he opens for charity fundraising, after dinner speaking and cattle judging.