Visitors to the Royal Welsh Show, particularly farmers who may be seeking information or advice on environmental issues, are being encouraged by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society to go to the showground’s Countryside Care area during the four-day event at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, (July 22-25).
One of the most interesting and important sections of the show, it was created in 1990 as an extension of the Country Pursuits area in response to increasing public awareness of nature conservation and wildlife.
Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have accepted an invitation to visit this year’s Royal Welsh Show and they will be at Llanelwedd for the third day of the event, Wednesday July 24.
“The society is delighted to announce the royal visit and we are honoured that both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are to join us this year,” said the new chief executive of the RWAS, Steve Hughson.
A £3000 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society scholarship to encourage students to develop their potential through academic achievement so that they can make a more effective contribution to the agricultural industry has been awarded to William Henry Sawday of Hill Farm, Llanigon, Hay-on-Wye.
The scholarship fund is sponsored annually by Waitrose and is intended to help students from Wales who have qualified through a Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree to proceed to a degree course in land-based studies at any university college in England, Scotland or Wales. To qualify a candidate’s family must have lived in Wales for at least five years.
A 66 year-old farm worker from Ceredigion who has been employed on the land for 54 years will receive a Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Long Service Medal marking his achievement at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.
Emyr Lloyd Jones, of Bow Street, Ceredigion, who has spent his entire working life on two nearby farms – 31 years with JH, RH & SP Morgan at Llandre, Bow Street, and 23 years with Mr & Mrs W. Jones of Ty Hen, Llanrhystud - is one of nine farm and estate farm workers who will be presented with the medals in recognition of their length of service to farming. Between them they have spent over 370 years working in the industry.
A student from Carmarthenshire is this year’s winner of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society – Harper Cymry Student Award introduced in 1999 to encourage students from Wales at Harper Adams University to contribute fully to developing both their academic and personal potential.
In spite of one of the worst seasons on record some of the best grass silage growers in Wales produced top quality results in the All Wales Clamp and Big Bale Silage competitions run by the RWAS and the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies.
Silage is key to the production of meat and milk on many Welsh farms, and the competition is one of the most contested in the industry,
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s £2000 Dr Emrys Evans Award, given this year to a person whose skills as a stockman are noted as exceptional, has been won by Martin Sivill of Glanrafon, Awen, St Asaph, Clwyd.
There were nine nominees for the award from throughout Wales who were assessed on a variety of key elements needed for the management of cattle in a modern herd. These included the breeding and feeding of cattle, stock selection, preparing animals for markets and shows, selecting feed, and performing other practical skills such as those required for foot-trimming, dehorning, dosing, inoculation and recording.
One of the best-known butchery businesses in Wales, Edwards of Conwy, has won the 2013 Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Trophy, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s most prestigious prize.
Since 1957 the award has been made annually to someone from a different branch of the farming industry who has reached the highest level of achievement in the chosen sector and this year it has gone to the butcher who has established a successful business through the sale and promotion of locally-produced livestock products.