Nominations open for 2016 Royal Welsh awards

22 February 2016

12 of the Royal Welsh Advisory Committees are currently considering who they will be nominating for four of this year’s Royal Welsh bursaries and awards.

Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Award

Sir Bryner Jones was Agriculture Commissioner for Wales in 1912 and later became Welsh Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture. He shaped the direction of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for 50 years and was president of the society during its golden jubilee year in 1954. The trophy was given to the society in his memory by his daughter in 1957.

The 2016 Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Award will be presented to someone in Wales who has consistently shown outstanding achievement in Grassland Management and has served as an inspiration to fellow farmers, and the younger generation.

Closing date for nominations is 1 April 2016
The Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Award will be presented at the 2016 Royal Welsh Show

Dr Emrys Evans Award

Dr Emrys Evans was the chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s board of directors. He died in office on the eve of the Royal Welsh centenary show in 2004 and the award was introduced in his memory two years later.

The theme for this year’s Dr Emrys Evans Award is Agricultural Mechanisation and the judges will be assessing the candidate’s skills on how they make best and most efficient use of mechanisation in their agricultural enterprise. Judges will take into account the objective for which the machine, device or system has been developed, whether it is fit for purpose, costs, benefits of use, safety and ease of operation.

Closing date for nominations is 1 April 2016
The Dr Emrys Evans Award will be presented at the 2016 Royal Welsh Show

John Gittins Memorial Award

The John Gittins Memorial Award was introduced in 2000, in memory of the late John Gittins of Meifod, and is awarded to a person born working or living in Wales who has made an outstanding contribution to the Welsh Sheep Industry.

Closing date for nominations is 3 October 2016
The John Gittins Memorial Award will be presented at the 2016 Royal Welsh Winter Fair

2017 Oxford Farming Conference Bursary

The Oxford Conference, held annually in early January, is one of the most important of its kind bringing together farmers, politicians, scientists and others to discuss the future development of the agricultural industry. 

To qualify for the award candidates must be between 25 and 35 years old and working in a land-based industry. 

Closing date for nominations is 3 October 2016
All Royal Welsh Advisory Committees can nominate candidates for this award. The successful candidates will be presented with their bursary at the 2016 Royal Welsh Winter Fair