New programme to 'inspire and develop' young farmers

THE Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is setting up a Young Members Forum as a means of promoting the society’s aims and objectives to the younger generation.

Brief details about the forum were revealed by the chairman of the Royal Welsh board of directors, Pembrokeshire’s John Davies, at the end-of-year meeting of the society’s council held at Builth Wells.

Members of the new organisation must be under 40 years of age and former winners of RWAS scholarships, bursaries and student awards have been invited to join, together with past Royal Welsh Lady Ambassadors and two representatives from each of the society’s county advisory committees from across Wales.

“The aim of the programme is to inspire and develop a new generation of leaders in rural Wales,” said Mr Davies, who was appointed as the new board chairman of the Royal Welsh board in October.

In his first report to the society’s governing body he paid tribute to Breconshire’s retiring president John R. Davies, for his inspirational leadership during its featured county year which raised more than £246,000.

Around £47,000 of the money has been spent on upgrading the former Welsh Government Pavilion which is now called the Green Pavilion, while go towards providing additional sheep accommodation and much-needed and promised improvements to the equine facilities at Llanelwedd.

Expressing the board’s gratitude to the sponsors of the three main Royal Welsh events for their support in what are challenging times, the chairman reported that income from letting the showground and its facilities for various events during the year had amounted to some £350,000 - £20,000 more than the budget.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Being a young farmer and really finding it hard standing on my own 2 feet i think the answer is to find ways to make it profitable. who in there right mind is going to want to be just scrimping to by. It's not just about getting funding. it needs to show a profit which you can survive on, which let's face it with the cost of everything these days is nye on impossible.

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  • I agree with the young man above. What is wanted is for the farming community to be appreciated by the rest of society, and for some of that appreciation to manifest it's self in financial terms.

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  • this is countryman.
    they have absolutely no chance. Why? The goverment doesnt want them. All legisaltion is biased against small farmers.
    The satellite industry is all biast in favour of large farmers
    Councils are selling off farms
    Young farmers can't compete against big land owners for rented land.
    There's a bloke around here bids every year for summer grazing - he doesn't need it or want it, he just bids for it to save anyone else having it.

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  • will they ever take any notice of our comments though. they keep encouraging youngsters to go to agri college. half will want to be advisors. quater will go on and manage big estate farms and the last quater will work there nuts of milking cows like me (mostly for the bank) or trying trying to eek a living from beef/sheep because they can't grow corn.
    sorry i'm so pee'd off but i'm in for a crap christmas of milking cows or spreading slurry.

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