Farming innovator honoured

13 May 2013

North Wales farmer Alwyn Jones of Camaes, Llangernyw, Abergele, has been made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies for his high level of competence in keeping stock on an upland farm in Wales.

Camaes is a holding of 76 hectares located 700 feet above sea level supporting a flock of 400 cross-bred ewes producing fat lambs, and 150 store cattle purchased annually at 12-18 months to be finished for sale – a stocking density that calls for high quality and well-managed grazing.

In 1994 Camaes was the all-Wales winner of the British Grassland Society’s prestigious grassland competition and, in 2004, won the society’s Big Bale silage competition.

An innovator and promoter of new practices in farming methods, Mr Jones saw his farm selected in 2006-2007 as a Farming Connect/HCC demonstration unit and since then he has introduced slatted flooring for stock kept indoors and rubber mats to make the slats more comfortable for the animals, thus reducing stress.

Mr Jones is an advocate of the importance of contributing to the life of the community.  His personal commitment includes 10 years as a Community Councillor and leadership of several local organisations.  He is a member of Côr Meibion Bro Aled male voice choir, has been chairman, secretary and treasurer of Llangernyw Show Society and is chapel treasurer and organist.  He also welcomes local secondary school pupils to the farm every year during their work experience weeks.