RWAS: Top awards for 2013

8 January 2013

For more than 50 years the Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Trophy has been the most prestigious annual prize offered by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society to those who have attained the highest level of achievement in their chosen sector of farming or related businesses.

In 2013 the once-in-a-lifetime award will go for the first time to the butcher in Wales who has established a successful business through the sale and promotion of locally-produced livestock products. Nominations for the coveted prize will be made by the Royal Welsh county advisory committees throughout Wales and the closing date for entries is April 2 2013.

Sir Bryner Jones was Agriculture Commissioner for Wales in 1912 and later became Welsh Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture. He shaped the direction of the RWAS for 50 years and was president of the society during its Golden Jubilee year in 1954. The trophy was presented to the society to perpetuate his memory by his daughter in 1957.

Another of the society’s once-in-a-lifetime prizes, the Dr Emrys Evans Award, is given annually to the person who has contributed in an exceptional way to rural skills.

This year the judges will be assessing the abilities of nominees in the breeding and feeding of cattle, preparing animals for markets and shows and selecting feed and also such practical skills as foot trimming, dehorning, dosing, inoculating and recording.

The award is open to competitors who are under 35 years of age on the first day of this year’s Royal Welsh Show (July 22) and who live and work in Wales.

Dr Evans was chairman of the Royal Welsh board of management. He died in office on the eve of the Royal Welsh Centenary Show in 2004 and the award was introduced in his memory two years later in 2006.

Entries for the award close on April 2 2013.