Three young budding artists, all under the age of 10, have been chosen as the winners of the Welsh Dairy Show’s ‘Story of Milk’ art competition for their informative and colourful illustrations of how milk travels from the farm to the fridge.
The Welsh Dairy Show recently teamed up with the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, Elanco, Mole Valley Farmers and Totally Welsh to call on school pupils from across south west Wales to enter the art competition to help raise the profile of milk and the dairy industry ahead of the event on Tuesday, 25 October.
Alys Cumming, from Ysgol Gynradd Llangadog in Carmarthenshire, received two tickets for her family to attend the Welsh Dairy Show. The school received £75 which was sponsored by Elanco. Alys’ class will also be going on a trip to the Carmarthenshire Cheese Factory in Nantyci.
Megan Davies, aged 8, from Ysgol Gynradd Cwrtnewydd, Ceredigion, received two tickets for her
family to attend the Welsh Dairy Show. The school received £75 which was sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. Megan’s whole school, as there’s only 18 pupils, will also be going on a trip to Holden Dairy Farm in Llanbybi. The bus for the trip will be sponsored by Aled Davies from the NFU office in Aberaeron and Heather Holgate from the NFU office in Tregaron.
Ellis Phillips, aged 9, from Templeton primary school, Pembrokeshire, also won tickets for his family to visit the Welsh Dairy Show. The school received £75, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. Ellis’ class with be going on a trip to the Totally Welsh milk factory in Haverfordwest and the bus for the trip will be sponsored by Rob Nicholas and Dorian Williams from the NFU office in Narberth.
Hundreds of students of all ages, from across south west Wales entered the competition. The prize winning drawings are now being used as the front cover image on the Show Catalogue, a poster and to promote the forthcoming Show on the internet.
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 for visitors to see your 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.”
“This year’s Welsh Dairy Show has been organised to coincide with half term as I want to encourage younger visitors to attend the event where they will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of milk and how it is turned into other products such as cheese and ice-cream. It will be free for under 15s to attend the Show.”
The children’s area in the Welsh Dairy Show will be run by Cows on Tour and the Carmarthenshire Cheese Company and will feature cows that the children can milk, demonstrations on how cheese is made and an opportunity for the children to make butter.
Time is running out to enter this year’s NFU Cymru / NFU Mutual Dairy Stockperson Award, which recognises dedicated, committed and enthusiastic dairy stock managers.
The ‘Welsh Dairy Stockperson of the Year Award’, is now in its fifth year and is looking for applications from those involved in the management of dairy cattle who are working within the dairy industry in Wales. The winner will receive £300 and Welsh slate engraved cheese board.
Aled Jones, Chairman of NFU Cymru’s Milk Board said:
“The Welsh Dairy Stockperson of the Year Award aims to recognise the pivotal role a good dairy stockperson can make to a dairy enterprise and to the Welsh dairy industry as a whole. As part of the award criteria, potential award winners will be judged on their care and management of the herd, the breeding programme, their handling skills, their involvement in the dairy enterprise and their knowledge of the dairy industry in Wales.
“As a dairy farmer myself, I think it’s important that we champion those individuals who are leading the way in the Welsh dairy industry. If you know someone whose work deserves to be recognised with this award please get in touch with us and nominate them.”
To enter just download and fill out the entry form below:
Dairy Stockperson Award, NFU Cymru, Agriculture House, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, LD2 3TU.
The closing date for entries is 4.30 pm on Monday, 26 September 2016 and the winner will be announced at this year’s Welsh Dairy Show at the United Counties Showground, Carmarthen, on Tuesday, 25 October 2016.