Top award for Monmouthshire sheep farmer

14 November 2013

One of the most prestigious prizes in Welsh agriculture, the John Gittins Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the Welsh sheep industry, has been won by Monmouthshire farmer Maurice Trumper of Llanfair Kilgeddin, Abergavenny.

Mr Trumper, who now farms in partnership with his son, lambs over 1000 ewes each year including 150 Ile de France sheep. Their flock is the largest and oldest of the breed in England and Wales.

His contributions to the Welsh sheep industry extend over more than 50 years during which time he has held a succession of offices through the National Farmers Union. He has been chairman of the NFU’s Welsh Livestock Committee and vice chairman of the Livestock Marketing Committee for England and Wales and chairman of the NFU Welsh Council.

During his time as chairman of the Welsh Livestock Committee he negotiated a deal with the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society whereby producers paid a voluntary contribution of 4p per ewe to promote Welsh lamb. Later the Meat & Livestock Commission collected a levy for lamb promotion and Mr Trumper negotiated a formula for the division of the levy on a pro rata basis between England, Scotland and Wales which was subsequently adopted.

He was also instrumental in putting the case for sheep quotas and lobbying for its acceptance in Brussels. He also figured prominently in discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture over the marketing and movement of sheep affected by the

Chernobyl disaster, achieving a breakthrough with the Ministry’s acceptance of a handling payment for lamb of 18p which lasted until earlier this year.

He was awarded the OBE in recognition of his services to the agricultural industry.

Mr Trumper will be presented with the award on the first day of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair which takes place at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, on Monday December 2.