‘Deal or No Deal’? CARAS members discuss their views on BREXIT

26 February 2018

Held earlier this year at IBERS, Aberystwyth, the annual CARAS (Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies) Wales Conference, titled ‘Deal or No Deal’, continued the ambition of the organisation to help to shape and influence the future of agriculture.

The conference aimed to capture the views on BREXIT ‘One Year On’, its challenges and opportunities for future decision making which will be forwarded to Welsh Government.

The conference key note speakers included Mr Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Mr Rhys Llywelyn, Marketing Development Manager with Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). Mr Hind and Mr Llywelyn outlined the uncertainty, key challenges and opportunities ahead in preparing for Brexit.

A facilitated ‘Question and Answer’ session kindly chaired by Mr Meurig Raymond, helped to draw out the views of CARAS members. Members agreed that preparation was paramount in the run up to BREXIT and farmers now need to focus, review and invest in their farming practices.

CARAS Wales members discuss their views on BREXIT ‘one year on’

CARAS Appointments

At the recent meeting of the Council of Fellow and Associates in Wales, Mr DE Meurig James FRAgS of Whitland, Carmarthenshire was unanimously elected as Chairman of CARAS Wales for the next two years. Mr James took over the role from Mr Gareth P Jones FRAgS of Corwen, who was thanked by the members for his leadership, commitment and contribution to CARAS Wales.

Mr Emyr W Jones FRAgS of Rhosygwaliau, Bala was elected as Vice Chair along with three new National Panel Members – Mr Edmund S Bailey FRAgS of Llanbedr, Gwynedd, Mr Jonathan H Davies FRAgS of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire and Mr Colin VJ Pugh FRAgS of Knighton in Powys.

At last year’s CARAS AGM, Mr Terrig Morgan FRAgS of Treuddyn, Mold was appointed Chairman of the national CARAS organisation for two years during Wales’ period in the chair. Mr Morgan took over the role from previous English Chairman Rosie Carne.  Mr Terrig Morgan has kindly agreed to host the next CARAS Wales Field Day, where members will visit his farm in Treuddyn in September 2018.


Terrig Morgan has been appointed Chairman of the national CARAS organisation and takes over the role from Rosie Carne.

CARAS Awards

Hardworking and deserving industry leaders continue to be recognised through the honour of being made Associates and Fellows of the Royal Agricultural Societies for their contribution to the agricultural and rural industries in Wales.

The Welsh National Panel and the National Moderators Panel for the Council of Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies scrupulously consider the many applications made each year and since the 2017 Royal Welsh Show, so far, two of the applications for the award were deemed of a high enough standard to be granted the coveted title of Associate, along with three candidates progressing to Fellowship;


Mrs Nicola Davies ARAgS of Cysgod y Gaer, Cribyn, Lampeter has been made Associateship for her submission ‘The RWAS: An Opportunity for Young People’. 

Mr O Wynn J Davies ARAgS of Pontfaen, Fishguard has been made Associateship for his submission ‘My Contribution to the Development of Skills and Education in Agriculture’.


Mr Peter W Davies FRAgS of Southerndown, Vale of Glamorgan was awarded Associateship in 2012 for his submission ‘Farming and Environmental Care’ and has further progressed to Fellowship.

Mr Barrie J Jones FRAgS of Lampeter, Ceredigion was awarded Associateship in 2012 for his submission ‘Promoting Welsh Lamb at Home and Abroad’ and has progressed to Fellowship.

Mr Stephen James FRAgS of Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire was awarded Associateship in 2012 for his submission ‘TB in Wales’ and has progressed to Fellowship.

More information on the work of CARAS can be found online: www.royalagriculturalsocietiesawards.org