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The Chief Executive of a leading Welsh company in sheep breeding has been awarded the 2014 Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Trophy, one of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's most prestigious prizes.
Since 1957 the award has been made annually to someone from a different branch of the farming industry who has reached the highest level of achievement in the chosen sector and this year it has been won by the person in Wales who has effectively applied modern technologies to improve and enhance good husbandry and management of their farming enterprise.
The development into sheep genomics and breeding which Mr Dewi Jones of Innovis, Peithyll, is actively working on, together with his team of shepherds and analysts is truly ground breaking not just in Wales but on the global scene.

Read more: Royal Welsh top award acknowledges advances in genomics and

The 2014 all Wales clamp and big bale silage competitions run by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies, once again saw some top quality silage produced by some of the best silage growers from across Wales.
Silage is key to the production of meat and milk on many Welsh farms, and the competition is the most contested in the industry.
The winners follow :

Read more: All Wales Royal Welsh silage competitions the winners

Bad weather impacts on 2012 harvest highlighting need for urgent supply chain action, says NFU Cymru

After a summer of persistent and occasionally torrential rain, UK yields for 2012 have been mixed across arable crops, according to results of a survey of the Union's members.

The Union's 2012 harvest survey also revealed that other major arable crops grown in the UK have performed well in difficult conditions, although without the investment made in technology by farmers the wheat harvest could have been much worse.

Read more: Bad Weather Impacts 2012 Harvest, says NFU Cymru

The initial findings of the most comprehensive survey of Welsh dairy farmers were released at the Royal Welsh Show on July 22nd 2014 with responses indicating a 20% rise in milk production over the next five years.
The Welsh Dairy Farmers Survey – 'Your Voice, Your Future' was produced on behalf of Coleg Sir Gâr's Dairy Development Centre by Promar International Ltd
Over 50% (943) of Welsh dairy farmers responded to the survey, which was carried out at the
beginning of this year and contains feedback from dairy farms of all sizes and locations.

Read more: Coleg Sir Gâr's survey predicts 20% rise in milk production

NFU Cymru's Welsh Council has received an update on how the new Single Body will work when it starts its work in April 2013, replacing the three existing regulatory organisations, Forestry Commission Wales, Countryside Commission for Wales and the Environment Agency Wales.

Tim Jones, who heads the Communications Group for the Welsh Government's Living Wales programme to deliver the new single body, said the project provided a new approach to maintaining, enhancing and using the country's natural resources. His statement came amid scepticism from farmers who have expressed their disappointment at the existing set-up which has seen many long delays to planning applications for on-farm green energy projects using hydro and wind power and called for a more focused and joined-up approach.

Read more: NFU Cymru Recieve Insight into Workings of New Single Body

The Dairy coalition has told dairy buyers, processors, retailers and the food service sector they must commit to British farmers to deliver better market returns in the future and secure a sustainable supply of milk.

The coalition, the NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland, FFA, TFA, WFU and the RABDF met today to discuss dairy market issues and its future strategy.

In the short term, the coalition has called for urgent and meaningful farm gate price rises for 1 April, to ensure a realistic market price. Challenges of poor weather, infertility and feed shortages mean that farmers can only respond to demand for more milk if they are paid a proper price.

Mansel Raymond, NFU Dairy board chairman said, "Yesterday's Fonterra auction result saw significant price rises in key commodities such as cheese, butter and milk powders, with all products up 14.8 per cent on the previous month. This clearly demonstrates that globally, demand is strong and supplies are tight. Yet we're still hearing that crippling deals being done in the domestic cheese and liquid markets are putting milk prices under pressure."

Read more: Commit to British farmers, Says Dairy Coalition

Tom Heap's piece in Countryfile (7th Oct) on the future of livestock markets came from Abergavenny and Hereford.   Here in Abergavenny we're fighting to keep our market in town, as a vital part of the town's identity and its economic future, as a beacon for food and farming. In Hereford, the city centre market is now closed – and the smart new market looks really good.

First, let's be clear.  No-one wants Abergavenny market to carry on as it is. The current site is badly organised, with a third of the site partially closed off since the FMD outbreak in 2001 and it has not had any investment in its infrastructure for over a decade.  However, The Abergavenny Civic Society's independent, expert report shows clearly how the market can be modernised to 21st Century standards, to provide an efficient service for farmers AND be a real engine for town regeneration.

Read more: Countryfile Advises Innovation for Abergavenny Market

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