Eight new Fellows of Royal Agricultural Societies in Wales

28 May 2013

Two farming brothers from Pembrokeshire who achieved the unique distinction in 2008 of being made Associates of the Royal Agricultural Societies have now become Fellows.  Michael and Rowland George of Wolfscastle, Haverfordwest, have received Fellowships for their continuing work as dairy farmers on improving and maximising the potential of the black and white dairy cow, in particular their Brynhyfryd herd of pedigree Holstein cattle, acclaimed as one of the best in Britain.

They are among eight Associates of the Royal Agricultural Societies from Wales who have advanced to Fellowship for their continuing contribution to the agricultural industry.

The other six Fellows are: Lionel Organ of Llandysul, Carmarthenshire, a successful breeder and judge of pedigree livestock.  Originally from Gloucestershire where he established the world famous Southam herd of pedigree pigs, he has since concentrated his skills on breeding sheep including those of the Charollais and Lleyn herds.

Rita Jones of Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire, became an Associate in 2008 for her work with the farming industry and establishing a farm liaison service which she continues to manage in Wales for the Welsh Government.  The service was set up to provide advice and guidance for farmers on the complexities of legislative changes and new rules affecting agriculture.  She received the MBE in 2006 for her outstanding contribution to the industry.

Brian Jones of Castell Howell, Pensarn, Carmarthen, is managing director of Castell Howell Foods.  He started the business when, as a small scale dairy farmer, he was hit by the introduction of milk quotas and decided to diversify.  Today his business is the largest family owned independent food wholesaler in Wales with a turnover of nearly £80m.

Jimmy Wilson of Pendre, Ceredigion, was made an Associate in 2007 for his submission on the longevity of the dairy cow and his success in the show ring.  His Tregibby herd of Holstein cattle has claimed a succession of awards and in 2011 won the National Herd Competition run by Holstein UK, an organisation of which he was recently chosen as President-elect.  When he takes office in September the South Wales area will host the Holstein Convention of what is Europe’s largest independent cattle breeding organisation for the first time in over 30 years.

Jonathan Davies of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, is widely known among milk producers in Wales through his work in key positions in the dairy industry including marketing manager of National Milk Records plc with responsibility for 600 milk recorders across the UK and Ireland and as a consultant for Genus Animal Health.  He is a member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and was President of the South Wales and Monmouthshire branch for 2010-2011.

Iwan Parry, a veterinary surgeon from Dolgellau, was made an Associate in 2004.  He is the sole principal of a busy 13 person practice and specialises in bovine fertility.  He was one of the pioneers of this procedure in beef suckler herds.  He was one of the first vets in Wales to adopt fertility testing of bulls and it is of interest that he fertility tested the Welsh Black bull Dolcorsllwyn Fabio shortly before it was sold last year for a world record price of 120,000 guineas.  Outside his profession as a vet, he is a talented singer, winning the coveted Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod in 1991.