Dr Emrys Evans Award

9 July 2016

The worthy winner of this year’s Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s agricultural mechanisation themed Dr Emrys Evans Award, is Dafydd Evans of Hendreseifion, Llanwrin, Machynlleth, Powys.

There were nine candidates for the 2016 award, kindly sponsored by Bailey Trailers Ltd, all of whom were assessed on their ability to make the best or most efficient use of mechanisation in their agricultural enterprise. Each candidate had put forward a machine, device or system as their entry for the award and the judges paid particular attention to the objective for which the machine, device or system has been developed; it’s fitness for purpose; cost, including cost v benefit of use and running cost v benefit of use; the safety of the mechanism and ease of operation.

Dafydd, the youngest of three brothers on a family beef and sheep farm, realised from a young age that the farm would not be able to support them all and that he would have to look around for an alternative occupation. Following a two year welding course at Coleg Powys, he set up his own business in 2003, aged 19. His premises are on the family farm in a building of his own construction. Having the farm on site means he also has a ‘test ground’ adjacent to his works.

Although he can produce and erect steel buildings and can offer other agricultural engineering services, Dafydd concentrates mainly on agricultural trailers of various types, typically building 50 a year under the name ‘Evans Trailers’. Dafydd employs an apprentice.

“The standard of ingenuity, commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm shown by the entrants for the award has made choosing the most worthy winner very difficult.” said judges David Morgan and John Robertson. “In addition, the range and scale of the enterprises inspected added to the difficulty of making a choice.”

“Dafydd has taken a situation facing many family farms which cannot offer a livelihood to all the offspring, and turned it into a thriving and positive alternative occupation for himself. He also showed considerable business acumen and the ability and willingness to think outside the box if market conditions dictate.” added the judges.

A certificate and medal will be presented on Monday 18 July at the Royal Welsh Show in memory of Dr Emrys Evans, a Royal Welsh gold medalist and chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s board of directors, who died on the eve of the centenary show in 2004.