Royal Welsh top award acknowledges advances in genomics and breeding

21 July 2014

The Chief Executive of a leading Welsh company in sheep breeding has been awarded the 2014 Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Trophy, one of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s most prestigious prizes.

Since 1957 the award has been made annually to someone from a different branch of the farming industry who has reached the highest level of achievement in the chosen sector and this year it has been won by the person in Wales who has effectively applied modern technologies to improve and enhance good husbandry and management of their farming enterprise.

The development into sheep genomics and breeding which Mr Dewi Jones of Innovis, Peithyll, is actively working on, together with his team of shepherds and analysts is truly ground breaking not just in Wales but on the global scene.

“It is this commitment to advancing the sheep industry using technology which made Dewi stand out in a very competitive group of extraordinarily capable enterprises” said the judges, Mr Roger Perkins and Mr Chris Hanks.

“We visited 11 farming enterprises and saw a diverse range of farming types from, dairy; beef; sheep; poultry and arable. At each farm we received a warm welcome and had a thorough farm walk. This enabled us to see for ourselves how each operation was utilising modern technologies and techniques to make their businesses more efficient and profitable to sustain the farm for the future.

“This year’s theme attracted some of the best examples of 21st century farming businesses we have in Wales and it was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to visit so many. We were overwhelmed by the hospitality and level of enthusiasm each applicant showed to this prestigious award, and the standard was extremely high which made our task very difficult yet thoroughly enjoyable.” added Mr Perkins and Mr Hanks.

Sir Bryner Jones helped shape the direction of the RWAS for 50 years and was Agricultural Commissioner for Wales and subsequently became Welsh Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture.  He was President of the Royal Welsh in 1954, the society’s golden jubilee year.