News - The Society
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.
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.
The candidates for the 2014 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Oxford Farming Conference Bursary were so impressive that the judges have broken with tradition by giving the award to two people instead of one.
“Seven candidates came forward for selection and all were worthy of going to Oxford,” said the judges in their report. “Our final selection was very difficult and our decision was that two of them should receive the bursary this time.
One of the most prestigious prizes in Welsh agriculture, the John Gittins Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the Welsh sheep industry, has been won by Monmouthshire farmer Maurice Trumper of Llanfair Kilgeddin, Abergavenny.
Mr Trumper, who now farms in partnership with his son, lambs over 1000 ewes each year including 150 Ile de France sheep. Their flock is the largest and oldest of the breed in England and Wales.Read more
A North Wales farmer who has won international fame as a breeder and handler of sheepdogs has been made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies.
Aled Owen of Tynant, Corwen, has represented Wales 34 times at the International Sheepdog Trials against England, Scotland and Ireland. He has won the Welsh National Championship on three occasions, the Individual Supreme Championship three times and has twice been the winner of the World Sheepdog Championship.
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.
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.
In spite of the gloom cast by talk of a double-dip recession all three events run by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society – the Spring Festival, the summer show and the Winter Fair – again provided creditable results during another financially successful year which ended with an overall surplus of £89,578.Read more