Dr Emrys Evans Award
7 July 2017
With the theme of shepherding skills, the winner of this year’s Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Dr Emrys Evans Award is Mr Dewi Jenkins from Talybont, Ceredigion.
This year there were seven candidates for the award, kindly sponsored by Harrison Clark Rickerbys Limited, all of whom were assessed on their skills in animal husbandry, veterinary record keeping, shearing ability, working with sheepdogs, preparing sheep for market/shows etc
“It was a pleasure to go around Wales and meet so many young shepherds who were totally focused on improving the performance of their flocks. Many experimenting in cross breeding in their performance of ewe and ram selection. We saw those who cared for large flocks and those with small flocks. It was a difficult task seeing such a variety of systems and breeding to choose a winner.” remarked judges, Alun Evans CBE DL FRAgS and Martin Sivill.
Despite the difficult task, the judges were unanimous in their decision to name Mr Jenkins as this year’s winner. “His shepherding skills were exceptional.” said the judges “He must rank as one of the best breeder and trainer of sheepdogs in Wales. This is reflected in his success at sheepdog sales, commanding very high prices at home and at sales in Skipton and Bala. He delights in training young sheepdogs, and it was a pleasure to see him working one.”
Mr Jenkins is also a show winner with his Welsh Mountain Sheep winning at local shows, county shows, and winning the Supreme Championship at the Royal Welsh Show and he prepares all his animals himself. His well respected flock produces breeding rams which go on to command high prices at sales, with the highest average price two years running, showing that they are very much in demand.
An accomplished shearer, Mr Jenkins shears his own 800 ewe flock as well as flocks on neighbouring farms. He enters shearing competitions at shows and for the last two years has reached the final of the Intermediate Class at the Royal Welsh Show.
A certificate and medal will be presented on Monday 24 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.