Once again the Royal Welsh Spring Festival on 17-18 May is gearing up to be the number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living.
Over 23,000 visitors enjoyed the festival last year, which is held at the showground in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, and the livestock section with its many traditional, rare and native breeds, is a major interest to all. This year the event will again be host to a huge number livestock classes and special awards, including 144 for sheep, 69 for pigs, 75 for goats and 13 for cattle.
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The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society will build on its traditions but will look to exploit opportunity, cut out waste and increase profitability, the chairman of the board, John Davies, told members of the society’s Council at Builth Wells.
In a speech outlining the future direction of the society under a new management team, Mr Davies said that creating a strong fiscal platform was an essential part of the business plan.
A farmer’s wife from Radnorshire has been elected President of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for 2014. Mrs Rhian Duggan of Crossgates, near Llandrindod Wells, who is only the sixth woman to become President of the society in the 110 years since its formation in 1904, takes over the office during Radnorshire’s year as the feature county.
A record attendance of 29,374 and a top price of £7,100 for a baby beef heifer was just part of the overwhelming success of the 24th annual Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.
Described by the chairman of the Royal Welsh board of directors, John Davies, as “a blockbuster and a phenomenal success,” the Winter Fair attendance was up by 2500 on 2012 and 1300 more visitors than ever before were welcomed to the showground for the event.
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One of Britain’s top sheep shearers, Gareth Daniel of Machynlleth, has just received the coveted Lister Shearing Personality of the Year award for 2013.
The award, given annually by the British Wool Marketing Board and sponsored by Lister Shearing Equipment Ltd, goes to the person who has promoted and encouraged others interested in shearing and who has gained the respect of the UK shearing industry. The winner is chosen by popular vote through the BWMB’s shearing publication ‘Newsclip’ which provides readers with nomination forms for the award.