ONE of the most anticipated events in the farming calendar made a welcome return last weekend.

Llysfasi Shears (Cneifio Llysfasi) has not been held since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but it was back this year and bigger than ever.

Competitors from across the UK battled it out for prize money in categories including novice blade shearing, British Wool junior, Allflex senior and the prestigious Heiniger Open.

The junior competition was won by Max Welton, with Rhys Morris in second and in third position was Sion Davies.

It was hosted on June 11 by Coleg Cambria Llysfasi, which formed the centre-point of a day full of activities, displays and workshops.

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A bar was on site supplied by The Feathers pub, Ruthin, while supporters included British Wool, Clwyd YFC, Heiniger, Allflex and NFU Cymru.

Ahead of the event, agriculture lecturer Joe Mault said the college was delighted to welcome back participants, judges and the public after such a lengthy absence.

“Cneifio Llysfasi is much more than a competition, it attracts people from all over the country and is a very nostalgic gathering,” he added.

“This is a chance for people to get together and see these incredible skilled shearers in action, but also to catch up with old friends, network and for prospective students to see what the college has to offer."