The Welsh Dairy show has become one of the premier business events for dairy farmers in Wales. The next Welsh Dairy Show, promoted by the United Counties Agriculture and Hunters Society, is planned to be held on Carmarthen Show Ground in October 2022.
The importance of the Welsh Dairy Show to the dairy business sector in Wales and beyond, is that it allows farmers to meet their suppliers, see pedigree cows judged and meet friends and colleagues.
The Society apologises for the events that have had to be cancelled but all existing bookings for previous cancelled events will be honoured.
To meet the requirements of the Welsh Government, and the combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and TB restrictions on cattle movements, and the fact the Welsh Dairy Show is mainly and in-door event suggests that it is too risky to run the event before we get the full all clear.
In addition, as a philanthropic charitable organisation, The United Counties Agricultural Hunters Society Trustees felt that they had a duty to support the NHS by allowing the site to be used as one of the largest sites for Covid testing and inoculation in Wales.
With its servicing of satellite units and the drive through facility which occupies most of the show site including the exhibition hall, we congratulate the NHS in the work done at the show.
Approaching half a million people have been passed through and been treated, many without leaving their car. This is likely to continue until at least March 2022.
Said the Society Chairman, – Mr Lyn Davies,
“The trustees and myself are very proud of the support the Society has provided to the NHS and the success of the Show ground in helping to fight the pandemic. However, I apologise to all our many visitors and charitable and business promoter who regularly use the site for the disruption that has been caused. We all hope things will return to normal as soon as possible in 2022, when we will welcome back old friends as well as promoting planned, new events.”
Reserve Champion : 443 Dylan Roberts, Elite Calvin Greta 15/7/17, Sire Vetsch’s Nesta Calvin ET PI
DOSBARTHIADAU ARBENNIG/ SPECIAL CLASSES
SP1. SUPREME CHAMPION HEIFER
Open to Breed Champion Heifer from each Breed.
Champion to receive the HSBC Supreme Challenge Trophy and £400 Prize Money and Reserve Champion £200 kindly sponsored by HSBC.
Champion : 403 * A H Wilson & Son, Tregibby Beemer Kitty, 21/4/17, Sire Polbutte Mc Beemer
Reserve Champion: 424 * Iwan Rhys Morgan, Erie Gifted A Elegance VG88, 18/3/17
SP2. HOME-BRED HEIFER (SPECIAL)
Challenge Cup kindly presented by the family of the late Mr. Byrnan Davies (Past-Chief Executive of UCAS ) for the highest placed Home-bred Exhibit bred in theHeifer Section . The Cup together with £100 Prize Money.
403 * A H Wilson & Son, Tregibby Beemer Kitty, 21/4/17, Sire Polbutte Mc Beemer
SP3. INTER-BREED GROUP OF THREE
Only First Prize Winning Group from each Breed Section eligible to compete. Challenge Cup kindly presented by Messrs. J. Davies & Son, Pencader, together with Prize Money of £100; £60; £50,£40,£35, sponsored by Genus plc.
1st 430 A H Wilson & Son
2nd 418 A H Wilson & Son
3rd 448 RE & JS Jones
4th 438 Richard Norman
SP4. DOSBARTH ARCHWILIO CYNHYRCHIANT RHYNGFRID HSBC AGRICULTURE/ THE HSBC AGRICULTURE INTER-BREED PRODUCTION INSPECTION CLASS
The Perpetual Trophy kindly presented by HSBC.
1st A H Wilson & Son Bluegrass Sams Deamins
2nd Caroline & Mike Moody, Latifa Princess Leia
3rd A H Wilson & Son Bluegrass Colton Lady Sunshine
DOSBARTHIADAU’R PENCAMPWYR/ CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES
SP5. PRIF BENCAMPWR Y BUCHOD/ SUPREME CHAMPION COW
Yn agored i Bencampwr y Buchod o bob Brîd.
Y Pencampwr i ennill Tlws Her y Prif Bencampwr Genus, ynghyd â £400; y Cil-bencampwr i ennill £200.
Noddir y Gwobrau Ariannol yn garedig gan Genus Plc.
Open to Breed Champion Cow from each Breed.
Champion to receive the Genus Supreme Challenge Trophy
Reserve Champion: 429 A H Wilson & Son, Bluegrass Sams Dreaming, 8/6/13, Sire Bluegrass Lord Singing Sam
SP6 BUWCH A FAGWYD GARTREF (DOSBARTH ARBENNIG)/ HOME-BRED COW (SPECIAL)
Cyflwynir y Cwpan Her yn garedig gan y diweddar Mr Gatty Lewis a Mrs G. Lewis (Cyn-Lywydd y Gymdeithas) am y Fuwch orau a Fagwyd Gartref yn Nosbarth y Pencampwyr. Y Cwpan ynghyd â Gwobr Ariannol o £100.
Challenge Cup kindly presented by the late Mr. Gatty Lewis and Mrs. G. Lewis (Past-President of the Society) for the highest placed Home-bred Exhibit in theChampionship Class. The Cup together with £100 Prize Money
Dyfernir Tlws Parhaol Marlais, ynghyd â gwobr ariannol o £100, a gyflwynir yn garedig gan Mr John James, Tŷ Canol, Heol Derwydd, Rhydaman, i’r bridiwr a fydd yn ennill y nifer mwyaf o bwyntiau yn y dosbarthiadau bridiau agored.
The Marlais Perpetual Trophy together with £100 prize money kindly presented by Mr John James, Ty Canol. Derwydd Road, Ammanford awarded to the breeder gaining the highest number of points in the open breed classes.
A poster illustrating athletes drinking milk whilst running, with the caption ‘Milk is the best drink’, has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Welsh Dairy Show ‘Versatility of Milk’ art competition.
The overall winner, chosen from the hundreds of entries from across Wales, was Gruff Jones, aged 10, from Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog in Carmarthenshire.
The second-place winner was Megan Rees, aged 9, again from Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog in Carmarthenshire. Joint third place was awarded to Ella Jones, 11 years old, from Ysgol Carreg Emlyn, Ruthin and Sophie Walters, 10 years old, from Waunarlwydd Primary School, Waunarlwydd, Swansea.
The winner receives a year’s supply of Carmarthenshire Cheese, £50 and a sports drinks bottle. The winning school, Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog, also receives £100. Second place all-Wales winner receives £35, a sports drinks bottle and a certificate. Both the third-place winners will receive sports drinks bottles, certificates and £15 each.
The overall winners were chosen from the finalists from each county that entered. Certificates and sports drinks bottles will also be sent to these finalists, from across Wales:
Rhian Hughes, aged 10, from Ysgol Pen-y-groes, Carmarthenshire
Amelia Ross, added 10, from Ysgol Pen-y-groes, Carmarthenshire
Fflur Morgan, aged 7, from Rhyd-y-Felin, Drefach, Llanybydder, Ceredigion
Elen Morgan, aged 10, from Rhyd-y-Felin, Drefach, Llanybydder, Ceredigion
Caio, aged 10 and Roxi aged 7, from Ysgol Yr Eifl, Trefor, Caernarfon, Gwynedd
Tiffany James-Davies, aged 7, from Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn, Drefach, Ceredigion
Elen Sisto-Jones, aged 7, from Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn, Drefach, Ceredigion
Mair James, Organiser of the Welsh Dairy Show said,
“Thank you to all the school pupils for your fantastic drawings. We will put every entry on display at the Welsh Dairy Show on Tuesday, 24 October, for visitors to see their amazing efforts. I would also like to thank teachers for taking the time to discuss the value of milk whilst encouraging your students to enter the competition.”
The President of this year’s Show, Mansel Raymond, who farms at Jordanston hall, Haverfordwest, will present the winning school, Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog, their prize of £100 at approximately 12.30pm in the main ring at the Show on Nantyci Showground, Carmarthen.
Following the Award presentation, the children will take part in a cookery workshop with Lisa Fearn from Carmarthenshire’s Pumpkin Patch kitchen and garden school. Lisa will help the children make their very own pizzas with a cheese topping.
The Welsh Dairy Show would like to thank the competition sponsors: Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, Elanco, Mole Valley Farmers, Castell Howell, Glanbia, Cogent, Geraint Jones 4×4, Bibby, LHP Accountants and Gegin Fach y Wlad caterers. Also, a big thank you to the competition judges: Huw Williams from Elanco; Barrie Evans from Mole Valley Farmers, Sian Peace from Carmarthenshire Cheese Company and Mair James, the Welsh Dairy Show organiser.
Next month’s Welsh Dairy Show will showcase dairy animals from across Wales and the borders. It will also feature small and large businesses promoting all aspects of the Welsh dairy industry.
The Show will go back to its traditional format this year, with the Calf and Handler element starting at 6pm on Monday, 23 October 2017, on the United Counties Showground, Nantyci, Carmarthenshire.
Judging of the various classes within the Holstein, Jersey, Dairy Shorthorn, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Brown Swiss and Forage sections of the Welsh Dairy Show will commence at 9.30am on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.
At 10.30am the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, will officially open the Show, in the main ring.
Between midday and 1pm the Show’s Awards will be presented in the main ring including the NFU Cymru / NFU Mutual’s Welsh Dairy Stockperson of the year Award and the FUW / HSBC Outstanding Service to the Welsh Dairy Industry Award.
The Welsh Dairy Show has also run an art competition, for the second year, in the run up to the event. This year primary school pupils from across Wales were asked to draw a colourful picture on A4, which illustrated all the different products that can be made from milk including cheese, cream, yoghurt, butter and ice-cream.
The President of this year’s Show, Mansel Raymond, who farms at Jordanston hall, Haverfordwest, will announce the overall all-Wales winner of the competition at approximately 12.30pm in the main ring. The winner will receive £50 and a year’s supply of cheese from the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company and their school will receive £100. The second-place school pupil will receive £35 and the third-place pupil will receive £15.
Following the Award presentations, the children will take part in a cookery demonstration with Lisa Fearn from Carmarthenshire’s Pumpkin Patch kitchen and garden school. Lisa will help the children make their very own pizzas with a cheese topping.
Mair James, organiser of the Welsh Dairy Show, said,
“We have something for all the family at this year’s event. As well as the traditional trade stands which deal with everything related to the Welsh dairy industry we also have cookery demonstrations for our younger visitors and more craft and jewellery stalls for the ladies. We look forward to seeing you all there.”
Lucky school pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog, in Carmarthenshire, learnt how the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company make their different varieties of cheese during a visit to Cowpots restaurant in Whitland earlier this week, where they were also shown how cheese is a vital ingredient in Cowpots’ pizzas and how Cowpots’ ice-cream is made on site.
The trip was Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog’s prize after one of its pupils, Alys Cumming, aged nine, won last October’s Welsh Dairy Show’s ‘Story of Milk’ poster competition.
The Year Four pupil won the competition for her colourful illustration of how milk travels from the farm to the fridge entitled ‘Taith y Llaeth’. Alys’ winning drawing was used to help promote the show on the internet including on the Welsh Dairy Show’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Alys’ prize consisted of tickets for her family to visit the Welsh Dairy Show; £75 for Llangadog Primary School, which was sponsored by Elanco, and a trip for her class to learn how Carmarthenshire Cheese Company make their cheese.
Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog Headteacher, Aled Rees said,
“We are very lucky to have such amazing artists amongst our pupils. We are very grateful for all the prizes we won as a result of Alys winning. We will certainly be encouraging our pupils to enter the competition again this year.”
Hundreds of students of all ages, from across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire entered last year’s competition. Mair James, Organiser of the Welsh Dairy Show said
“Last year’s art competition was such a success that we have decided to do it again this year. We recently launched a new poster competition and this time we are asking primary school children from across Wales to enter. The prizes this year include a year’s supply of cheese, supplied by Carmarthenshire Cheese Company; a sports drink bottle and £50 for the individual winner aswell as £100 for the winning school. More details are available on our website: www.unitedcounties.org.uk.”
Steve Peace from Carmarthenshire Cheese Company said,
“Having been involved with the judging of last year’s Welsh Dairy Show art competition it was a pleasure to meet Alys and have the opportunity to explain to members of her class how we make our award-winning cheeses. We are also delighted to be involved with the competition again this year and look forward to meeting the all-Wales winner who will receive a year’s supply of their favourite Carmarthenshire Cheese in monthly instalments.”
How would you illustrate the versatility of milk? That is what organisers of the Welsh Dairy Show want primary school pupils throughout Wales to do in an exciting new Poster Competition being launched today on World Milk Day.
Primary school pupils throughout Wales are being asked to draw a colourful picture on A4, which illustrates all the different products that can be made from milk including cheese, cream, yoghurt, butter and ice-cream. But those that aren’t very arty can also get involved by sending in their favourite recipe, which includes a dairy product, with a photo of them making it.
Winners will be selected from each county of Wales. Each county winner will receive a Sports Drink Bottle, sponsored by Elanco, and a certificate. They will automatically be entered into the all-Wales final. The all-Wales winner will receive:
A year’s supply of their favourite type of cheese from the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company [delivered monthly]
£50, sponsored by Mole Valley
£100 for his or her school, sponsored by Castell Howell
The second place all-Wales finalist will receive £35 and the third place all-Wales finalist will receive £15. These prizes are also sponsored by Mole Valley.
The deadline for entries to be sent in is Friday, 15 September 2017. Recipe pictures can also be sent to the Welsh Dairy Show via Facebook and Twitter using the hastags #MightyMilk and #WelshDairyShow2017. The A4 posters and recipes should be sent to the Welsh Dairy Show, United Counties Showground, Nantyci, Carmarthenshire, SA33 5DR.
The winning images will be used in the promotional material for this year’s Welsh Dairy Show which takes place on Tuesday, 24 October on the Nantyci Showground, Carmarthen.
Huw Williams, Key Account Manager with animal health specialists, Elanco, said,
“We are delighted to play a part in this fantastic competition as it helps engage the younger generation with the story of milk. They can then understand the role milk plays, not just from a nutritional perspective but also in relation to our rural economy and our local landscape and culture.”
Steve Peace, owner of the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, said,
“It is important to educate the younger generation about where their food, particularly dairy products, comes from. Good luck to everyone that takes part.”
Barrie Evans from Mole Valley Farmers said,
“I hope teachers use this opportunity to talk in class about milk and dairy farming. I hope as many primary school pupils as possible are encouraged to enter. I look forward to seeing all of the entries after they come in.”
Mair James, Organiser of the Welsh Dairy Show said,
“You don’t have to enter the competition through your school. Anyone of primary school age can draw an A4 picture and send it to me at the Welsh Dairy Show office on the United Counties Showground, Nantyci. Don’t delay – enter today!”
Lucky school pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Cwrtnewydd, Llanybydder, Ceredigion, were shown how Hafod Cheese is made during their visit to Holden Farm Dairy at Bwlchwernen Fawr Farm last week. The trip was the school’s prize after one of its pupils, Megan Davies, aged 8, won the Welsh Dairy Show’s ‘Story of Milk’ poster competition.
The Year Four pupil won the competition for her colourful illustration of how milk travels from the farm to the fridge entitled ‘Taith y Llaeth’. Megan’s winning drawing appeared on the front cover of the Show Catalogue which was given to the 1,000s of visitors to the show on entry.
Megan’s prize consisted of tickets for her family to visit the Welsh Dairy Show; £75 for Cwrtnewydd Primary School, which was sponsored by Mole Valley, and a trip for her class to visit Holden Farm Dairy. As there were less than 20 pupils in the whole school they all went on the trip. Local NFU Mutual Group Secretaries, Heather Holgate in Tregaron and Aled Davies in Aberaeron, sponsored the bus which took the school pupils to see how Hafod Cheese is made with the milk from the farm’s herd of Ayrshire cows.
Heather Holgate went on the trip with the school pupils, she said, “We were delighted to be able to help with the cost of the trip for Cwrtnewydd school. It was fantastic to see how much the children enjoyed learning about how cheese is made.”
Ysgol Gynradd Cwrtnewydd Headteacher, Carol Davies said, “We are very lucky to have such amazing artists amongst our pupils. We are very grateful for all the prizes we won as a result of Megan winning. We will certainly be entering the competition again this year.”
Hundreds of students of all ages, from across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire entered last year’s competition. Mair James, Organiser of the Welsh Dairy Show said, “Last year’s art competition was such a success that we have decided to do it again this year. We will be launching a new poster competition on 1 June 2017 and this time we will be asking primary school children from across Wales to enter. The prizes this year include a year’s supply of cheese, a sports drink bottle and £50 for the individual winner aswell as £100 for the winning school. More details will be available on our website: www.unitedcounties.org.uk from 1 June.”
The 2017 Dyfed (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire) Primary Schools Cross Country Championships will be held at the United Counties Showground, Nantyci, Carmarthen on Thursday 16th March, with the first event at 4.30pm. This year’s championships is sponsored by McDonalds Carmarthen & West Wales Freemasons Provincial Council and organised in its 30th year by the local Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club.
Last year’s event saw over 1300 children take place and this year is set to be another bumper turnout for one of the biggest and turned out sporting events currently being held in Carmarthenshire and West Wales.
There will be 8 races for the following age groups – years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (boys and girls) The Timetable is every 10 minutes and presentations to the first 10 individuals and first 3 teams in each race will be made at approximately 5.55pm with special guests being invited to present. Each event will be over a 1000m or 1200m course.
All Primary Schools in Dyfed have received an entry form and all the fixture details. There is no qualifying standard needed and every child in Dyfed is invited to get involved. For anyone interested in taking part, you must let your teacher know to enter a team. If there isn’t a team individuals are also welcome from schools and counties. There will be an entry fee of £3 per team and schools need to return the reply slip to Mr Eric Evans by Friday 10th March.
The top 2 and top 10 making a total of twenty four from Years 5 and 6 will be invited to represent Dyfed at the annual cross country match against West Glamorgan Primary Schools at Margam Park, Port Talbot on 25th March, which is a curtain raiser ahead of the SIAB Schools International match on the same afternoon.
Full Information, Course Maps, Timetable and Directions for athletes and spectators can be found online on the Carmarthen Harriers website, Facebook & Twitter pages. Everyone is welcome to tweet their pictures & news from the Championships using @CarmsHarriers #DyfedPrimary2017.
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