Thousands turn out to the Royal Welsh Grassland Event 2018

18 May 2018

The setting for the 2018 Royal Welsh Grassland Event, in the heart of this year’s Royal Welsh Feature County of Montgomeryshire, made it readily accessible to farmers from a wide area of England and Wales and attracted an impressive number of visitors.

During the official opening of Wednesday’s (16 May 2018) event, held at Carnbwll, Four Crosses, the 2018 Royal Welsh President, Tom Tudor, expressed his gratitude to the host, Martin Evans, for ensuring the site was in an excellent condition in what has been very difficult and wet season.

Tom went on to say that Martin and his family are an inspiration to the farming industry and willing to take on any challenges that the industry may face going forward, something we should all embrace. A highly regarded dairy farmer, contractor, businessman and former Sir Bryner Jones winner, Martin was the obvious choice to host such an excellent event and make it the success it has been.

Visitors to the 2018 event enjoyed browsing over 80 tradestands, a hundred acres of working demonstrations, including the latest muckspreading techniques, in one of the most productive areas of Wales. The trial plots, working demonstrations and comprehensive seminar programme reflected the diverse and distinctive nature of Montgomeryshire, appealing to a wide range of visitors, from contractors to the traditional small family farm.

     

Event Chairman, Dafydd Jones, said: “Grassland is a very important feature of Mongtomeryshire, for sheep, beef and dairy. We were very fortunate to be able to host this event at Carnbwl, Four Crosses, and to show the very best techniques on this progressive farm.

“The county is very diverse, ranging from the Welsh speaking uplands in the west, which is mainly beef and sheep farming, to the lowlands. The lowlands are very productive and progressive, with dairy farming, arable, biomass and poultry.”

Vice Chair, John Yeomans, said: “We were fortunate to have an outstanding venue to hold the event and excellent hosts in Martin, his family and team headed up by Steve ‘Brownie’. They couldn’t have done more to contribute to make the day the outstanding success I believe it was.  

“We were also extremely blessed to have the experience and organisational skills of Helen, ad together with Dafydd and his hard working team of stewards, they have ensured the day went smoothly.  I hope visitors, exhibitors and seminar speakers enjoyed what was a very worthwhile event. “

Along with the addition of seminars and more demonstrations, this year saw the introduction of a number of competitions and awards. The winners are as follows:

 
Best Trade Stand

Judged by Steve Hughson and Ann Tudor
1st Germinal, 2nd Oliver Seeds, 3rd Coed y Dinas

 
Best Demo plot

Judged by Brian Rees and Phil Breeze
1st New Holland, 2nd Rea Valley, 3rd Krone

 


Heaviest bale

Fun competition
1st McHale, 2nd John Deere, 3rd Pottinger on the Edwards & Farmer plot.

Event organiser Helen Davies said; “This year we made sure we staggered the demonstrations throughout the day, with set times for the different techniques. Muckspreading was also included, because the machinery and technology used by Martin Evans Contracting made it a natural addition to the day.”

“On behalf of the Grassland Event committee, I would like to thank all the sponsors and exhibitors for all their time and effort. Their hard work and commitment to the event certainly played a huge part in making it so successful.”