In the village of Gillan, near Manaccan is a budding young sheep farmer, at 13-years-old and 6ft 1ins tall, Benjamin Grose has built up a flock of pedigree Poll Dorset sheep.

The journey began three years ago when he was given seven orphan lambs, his mum, Alison Grose said if you do the job right we will get you some pedigree ewes!

That was the start of the Trewarnevas flock, now he has about 70 sheep, with a third being pedigree, Benjamin is now getting into the breeding of the flock and has been very lucky with the rams he has used, being Burhos, Riverview and the new ram this year from the Blackhill flock, Blackhill Explosive, sadly he can’t take him to Royal Cornwall as the judge bred him! So will be taking his homebred ram Trewarnevas Ernie, plus five others.

Falmouth Packet: Benjamin Grose with one of his sheepBenjamin Grose with one of his sheep (Image: Supplied)

This year will be his first time showing at the Royal Cornwall Show, which is quite an achievement at such a young age, and to do it all on his own as his parents will also be showing their Simmental cattle at the same time.


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Alison said “I am very proud on him, he does most of the work himself including the lambing, I only help him when needed, he is committed to his sheep, even the rugby comes second to them, of which he plays for Helston.

"Benjamin likes to do things right, and is learning about the showing of them, having done Devon County and Stithians last year. His aim is to get that first prize, and with his dedication it will come at some point.”

So at 3pm on Thursday afternoon, Benjamin will enter the sheep rings at Royal Cornwall Show for the first time, hopefully he will get a rosette or two, but it is all about the experience and getting that showing knowledge.