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Royal Welsh awards recognise top class farmers and students


With the Royal Welsh Show 2016 in full swing, it isn’t just the top class animals which are receiving awards.

Brynle Williams Memorial Award


Young farmer Melva Phillips, who runs a dairy farm alongside her husband, Iwan, at Glynarthen, near Llandysul, in Ceredigion, is the winner of the prestigious Brynle Williams Memorial Award.


The annual award was established in 2011 to recognise the contribution of the late Brynle Williams to Welsh agriculture, both as an Assembly Member and as a farmer.


It celebrates the achievements of young farmers who have received a package of support from the Welsh Government designed to help bring new blood into the industry.


Announcing the winner, alongside Brynle’s wife, Mary Williams, at the Royal Welsh Show, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said: "Brynle believed, as I do, today’s young farmers are the future of the industry and we must invest in them to ensure both they and this industry have a bright future.


"As a government, we are proud of the package of support we have made available to young and new entrants and I am pleased so many young people are continuing to make use of it."

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Royal Welsh highlights 2016

Royal Welsh Agricultural Society long service medals

Eight agricultural workers from across Wales, who together have notched up 352 years of service, received Royal Welsh Agricultural Society long service medals in recognition of their length of service to the agricultural industry at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.


  • Ian Evans, aged 55, of Abergynolwyn, Meirionnydd, has worked in the industry for 40 years, most recently for H.D. Pugh and M. Wynne Pugh at Tanycoed Uchaf, Abergynolwyn for 27 years.
  • Iolo Vaughan Evans, 65, of Glanrafon, Corwen, has worked for Corwen Farmers Ltd for 50 years.
  • Gareth Wyn Griffiths, 67, of Staylittle, Llanbrynmair, Powys, has worked for the Tudor family at Tynberllan, Llanilar, Ceredigion, for 40 years.
  • Gwyn Pennant Hughes, 65, of Maesegryn, Llanegryn, Meirionnydd, has worked in the industry for 48 years, most recently for R.J. Roberts and Son, Dysefin, Llanegryn, Meirionnydd, for 39 years.
  • Willfred James Jones, 83, from Usk, Monmouthshire, has worked in the industry for 51 years, most recently for Monmouthshire County Council.
  • Caroline Metcalf, 58, from Llanfaredd, Builth Wells, has worked for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for the past 40 years.
  • Rhian Morris Owen, 67, from Maerdy, Corwen, has worked in the industry for 40 years, most recently for the late Robin Price at the Rhiwlas Estate, Bala, for 37 years.
  • Patricia Thompson, 58, from Rhosgadfan, Caernarfon, who has worked for the Welsh Black Cattle Society for 43 years.

Llyndy Isaf Scholar

The new Llyndy Isaf Scholar is to be James Evans, a Rhosgoch YFC member from near Builth Wells.


He will join the current scholar, Owain Jones, in September before fully taking over the 248 ha (614 acres) upland farm in the Nant Gwynant Valley in October.


Launched at the 2012 Royal Welsh Winter Fair, the partnership between Wales YFC and the National Trust gives one Wales YFC member aged between 18 and 26 the exciting opportunity to be the farm’s manager for one year to gain invaluable experience of living and working on an upland farm.


A past member and officer of Radnorshire YFC, James has worked on his family’s beef and sheep farm since he was a young child where his passion for agriculture was cultivated.


In his spare time he enjoys playing rugby for Gwernyfed Rugby Club and taking part in public speaking competitions.


After receiving the news, he said: “I am very grateful to the National Trust and Wales YFC for this unique opportunity to manage Llyndy Isaf farm.


“The terrain is very different to that of my native Radnorshire but I and my faithful dog Scott are looking forward to the challenge of farming stock in Nant Gwynant.”


Higher education awards

The achievement of higher educational standards is recognised by a number of Royal Welsh Agricultural Society awards.


  • This year’s RWAS Student of the Year is Aled Davies, of Cwmcowddu, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, a student at Coleg Sir Gar.
  • The IBERS-Aberystwyth University Student of the Year award has been won by Kathryn Morris, The Belan, Berriew, Welshpool, Powys.
  • The late Dr Richard Phillips Award, a leading figure in agricultural education, has been won by Cennydd Jones, a student at Aberystwyth University.
  • Joint winners of this year’s Harper Cymry Student Award are Sophie Jones, Aberbran Fach, Aberbran, Brecon, Powys, and Liam Williams, High Street, Nelson, Treharris, Glamorgan.


Bryner Jones Memorial Award

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s flagship accolade, the Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Award, has been won by well-known Montgomeryshire farmer Tom Tudor, of Llysun, Llanerfyl, Welshpool.


This year the judges were looking for an individual who has consistently shown outstanding achievement in grassland management and has served as an inspiration to fellow farmers, and the younger generation.


Mr Tudor’s farm is regarded as an excellent example of the development of efficient grassland management in the upland areas. He won the Wales Grassland Competition in 1978, the Wales Silage Competition on three occasions and the UK’s BGS National Silage Competition in 1983 and 1995.


Farmers and researchers from all over the world have visited the farm over the years to learn of his exceptional grassland and animal husbandry skills.


In addition to the grassland competitions he has also won very many other awards during his lifetime and shared his knowledge very widely through serving on many national committees including the governing body of the Grassland Research Institute at Hurley.


Shortlisted for the award were Arthur Owen, Bodysgaw Isa, Llannefydd, Denbigh, a dairy farmer milking 350 cows on his 115 ha (285 acres) farm and Gerwyn Owen, Pantygwiail Farm, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Ceredigion, who farms 93 ha (230 acres) with a dairy herd of 130 milkers.

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