Ceredigion farmer wins grassland award

16 July 2013

A dairy farmer from Ceredigion has won the prestigious Grassland Farming Competition for 2013 run by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies.

Andrew Owen of Pantygwail, Dihewyd, Lampeter, who was also a finalist this year in the All Wales Clamp Silage Competition, emerged the clear winner among competitors from the Grassland Society’s five Welsh regions.

“The family farm runs a well developed but flexible grassland system in a marginal area with excellent milk from forage achieved through attention to detail in both grazing and silage management,” said lead judge, Dr Heather McCalman of The IBERS Grassland Development Centre.

HSBC are the sponsors of the competition and Euryn Jones, the HSBC judge, said he was impressed by the way the family effectively tailored their dairy production system to make the best possible use of grass on a farm with challenging physical characteristics.  There was a high standard across all five entries, each with their own strengths, whether dairy, beef or sheep, all working well to focus on good grassland management to support their livestock businesses.

Andrew, who is a member of the Mid Cardigan Grassland Society, will receive the Federation Perpetual Trophy at the presentation of awards on the first day of the Royal Welsh Show (July 22) and he will also be sponsored to attend the British Grassland Society summer meeting.

The other finalists, who will also receive trophies, were Mr & Mrs E C & A Evans of Holyhead, Anglesey, members of the Anglesey Grassland Society, Messrs J H & E L Jones, of Pool Quay, Welshpool (Powys Grassland Society), K Morgan, of Sennybridge, Brecon (Brecon Grassland Society), and S Richards of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire (Cleddau Grassland Society).