£2000 Royal Welsh Award for Clwyd stockman

30 June 2013

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s £2000 Dr Emrys Evans Award, given this year to a person whose skills as a stockman are noted as exceptional, has been won by Martin Sivill of Glanrafon, Awen, St Asaph, Clwyd.

There were nine nominees for the award from throughout Wales who were assessed on a variety of key elements needed for the management of cattle in a modern herd.  These included the breeding and feeding of cattle, stock selection, preparing animals for markets and shows, selecting feed, and performing other practical skills such as those required for foot-trimming, dehorning, dosing, inoculation and recording.

The candidates for the 2013 award were nominated by the Royal Welsh County Advisory Committees and the judges said their choice of the winner was unanimous.  

“Martin demonstrated an outstanding level of skill in preparing stock for market and sales and shows and of understanding the influence of good nutrition and the positive effect of good genetics on breeding stock.  He also showed business acumen in using a particular skill to create income for his developing business,” they said.

The judges added that the standard of the nominees was of the highest calibre and all of them showed positive vibes regarding the future of farming in Wales.

The £2000 award, together with a certificate and a piece of Welsh Royal Crystal, is a once-in-a-lifetime prize given in the memory of Dr Emrys Evans, a Royal Welsh gold medallist and chairman of the RWAS board of directors, who died on the eve of the centenary show in 2004.

The award was sponsored this year by Wales & West Utilities Ltd.