The Royal Welsh Show got off to a flying start yesterday as the crowds poured on to the showground at Llanelwedd and the attendance reached 51,976 by mid afternoon.
Britain’s finest livestock specimens provided the highlights of the Show but there are many other interests to entertain visitors and a full programme of activities which today (Tuesday) begins at 8.00 am and continues to 7.50 pm.
The Royal Welsh Show – the 50th to be held at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, since it settled there permanently in 1963 – opens today. The prospect of fine weather and entries of around 7000 livestock indicate another bumper four-day event for visitors from Wales, the rest of the UK and overseas.
Nearly 1300 classes and special awards are scheduled including those for 43 breeds of sheep, the largest display of its kind in the world, and 300 for cattle including, for the first time at the Royal Welsh, classes for the dairy breed Brown Swiss, which originated in the Alpine regions of Europe.
WALES FARMERS SHORTLISTED FOR
M&S ‘FARMING FOR THE FUTURE’ AWARD
Ieuan Jones from Pennybwlch farm, Aberystwyth, and Justin Scale from Capestone Organic Poultry in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, have made it onto the shortlist of this year’s prestigious M&S ‘Farming for the Future’ awards. They will find out who has been crowned Wales winner on the first day of the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells on 22nd July.Read more
LOCAL FLAVOUR WITH M&S AT ROYAL WELSH SHOW
Marks & Spencer (M&S), lead sponsor of Wales’ largest agricultural event the Royal Welsh Show, is inviting visitors to enjoy its best show stand and Farmer’s Lounge yet at the event in Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, from 22-25th July.
Full of interactive family fun, visitors will be treated to live chef demonstrations and tastings from local suppliers, find out more about the innovative farmers who supply M&S with its wealth of high quality produce and pit their skills in a game of Hungry Hungry Cows to discover more about what goes into M&S Activehealth milk, which is produced in Wales.Read more
Visitors to the Royal Welsh Show will have a brand new handy aid to help them locate instantly any of the events and attractions taking place on the showground.
A Royal Welsh Show App has been developed through a joint venture between the RWAS and S4C. It is bilingual and includes a full timetable of events and competitions together with the latest results. A media section includes pictures, stories, blogs and videos from the showground.Read more
A dairy farmer from Ceredigion has won the prestigious Grassland Farming Competition for 2013 run by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies.
Andrew Owen of Pantygwail, Dihewyd, Lampeter, who was also a finalist this year in the All Wales Clamp Silage Competition, emerged the clear winner among competitors from the Grassland Society’s five Welsh regions.
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The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has appointed Aled Jones, aged 27, of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire as Assistant Chief Executive of the organisation. He will join the staff of the society in September, working alongside Steve Hughson, who took over as the new Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh in May.
A chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer, Aled joined the Carmarthenshire firm of Rees Richards & Partners, Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents, as an assistant land agent in 2007 and became a partner of the firm in January this year.