Honours for Welsh farming leaders

24 September 2014


Mr Owen and Mr Morgan were presented with their awards by Mr William Taylor, CARAS Chairman

Two hardworking and deserving industry leaders have been given the honour of being made associates of the Royal Agricultural Societies for their contribution to the agricultural and rural industries in Wales.

Having been considered by the National Panel Wales and the National Moderators Panel for the Council of Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies, two applications for the award were granted the coveted title of associate.

The first of the two successful applicants was Mr Arthur Owen of Llannefydd, Conwy with his submission of “Grass to milk to profit and lifestyle!”.

Managing individual farms in partnership with his brother, Mr Owen and family are responsible for a total 1070 acres, and two dairy herds. With a focus on high grass yields, utilising grass for profitable milk production with a keen eye on cost control, Mr Owen has proved to be an exemplary businessman and farmer, winning both the Wales Grassland Farming competition and the UK National Grassland Management competition. Mr Owen has demonstrated his commitment to improving grassland management and helping other farmers by playing a leading role in a monthly grazing discussion group in North Wales which has been successfully running for 12 years.

The second successful applicant was Mr Charles Morgan of Glasbury-on-Wye, Powys with his submission of “Grassland management for production and environment”. 

Having begun his career in 1987 at a plant research centre in the Brecon Beacons, and moving on to the IBERS Grassland Development Centre, Mr Morgan has developed a sound and extensive knowledge of grassland management. Mr Morgan has strived hard to help others understand the benefits of grassland management through the publication of many scientific papers and delivering 100s of presentations and training events. Mr Morgan now runs his own company called GrassMaster, an agricultural and environmental consultancy which offers grassland knowledge to clients across the UK and Europe.

“It is always a fascinating and rewarding task assessing submissions and it is with great pride that we are able to award these two worthy applicants with an associateship” says Mr Cyril Davies, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society representative on the CARAS council and the Welsh Moderator. 

"The standard of submissions was extremely high and Welsh agriculture is fortunate to have such knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders at its forefront.”

Mr Owen and Mr Morgan were officially presented with their awards at a reception held on the Tuesday evening of this year’s Royal Welsh Show.