A fantastic festive few days have once again been enjoyed by thousands of happy visitors at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, held at the showground in Llanelwedd over the past two days.
Primarily a trade event, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair provides a perfect opportunity to network with fellow farmers, producers, suppliers and buyers, and has become the ideal hub to discuss, plan and do business.
In his address at the official opening ceremony, Mr Oriel Jones and his grandson Mr Shaun Jones, spoke of the Winter Fair as a celebration of our industry where farmers and local butchers meet and collaborate.
“It is a credit to the society and all involved that the show has continued from strength to strength and is so highly regarded within the agricultural industry and further afield.” said Mr Jones
“I have enjoyed attending this show for many reasons over the years. To meet with friends, to negotiate deals and to entertain customers. It is at events such as these that farmers and all stakeholders within the industry gather to discuss their state of affairs and how we are progressing.
“The one overriding factor that we have against all adversity is resilience. I don’t think there is a more resilient individual than a farmer. We as an industry are forever evolving, and that’s what makes us so special. There is no doubt that there are challenging times ahead, but in all adversity there is one certainty… thus being, that we, as an industry, will be here for generations to come.”
The support for the event from the industry, especially the livestock exhibitors, has been phenomenal. With strong entries from across the UK in all sections, and record entries in the sheep, and carcass competitions, the livestock, as always, played centre stage to the busy two-day event.
One of the most prestigious titles to be won at the event each year, the supreme cattle champion, was awarded to `Mouse`, a Limousin heifer weighing 628kg, exhibited by Price and Rogers from Glasbury on Wye, Powys.
Later sold by our official auctioneers, McCartneys, for £5,100, `Mouse` was bought by Anthony Kitson from Hutton, North Yorkshire. Mr Kitson is a firm supporter of the Winter Fair and also bought the 2016 Supreme Champion last year.
However, it wasn’t just in the livestock auction where a brisk trade was being done. This year saw a record 420 tradestands, all of whom reported a busy few days. The late night shopping evening again saw thousands of visitors indulging in some Christmas shopping and enjoying the cheerful atmosphere and spectacular firework display.
“As the 28th Royal Welsh Winter Fair comes to a close, it is with much pride that I can confirm another fantastic event was had by all. We are forever grateful for the huge amount of work and commitment from the hundreds of dedicated volunteers and stewards, without which the event would simply not happen.” says Winter Fair Honorary Director, Will Hanks
“In particular, I would like to thank our new Winter Fair Chairman, Alwyn Rees, who has made a tremendous impact in his first year and brings a wealth of skills and eloquence to the role.
“Special thanks must also be paid to our official auctioneers, McCartneys, the buyers and, of course, the exhibitors who have once again done themselves proud by bringing the very best of British livestock to Llanelwedd.”
Cattle Supreme Champion
‘Mouse’, a Limousin heifer weighing 628kg, exhibited by Price and Rogers from Glasbury on Wye, Powys. Sold for £5,100 to Mr Anthony Kitson from Hutton, North Yorkshire.
Baby Beef Supreme Champion
Little Mix, a Limousin X heifer weighing 393kg, bred and exhibited by Mr Tecwyn Jones, Llanrwst Conwy. Sold for £4,100 to V & G Bowring from Mansfiled.
Sheep Supreme Champion
A pair of Dutch Texel lambs, bred and exhibited by Mr Hywel Williams, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. Sold for £520 pph to judge, Mr Tom Hughes, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey.
Supreme Champion Horse
Tigbourne, a Sport Horse, exhibited by Daphne Thorneycroft & Mrs Harriet Walsh from Blandford Forum, Dorset.
Carcass Supreme Champion Single
A Beltex, bred and exhibited by B Blandford and Sons from Ledbury, Herefordshire. Sold for £2,100 to Mr Brian Jones, Castell Howell.
Carcass Supreme Champion Pair
A pair of Dutch Texel, bred and exhibited by Mr Robin Slade, Almeley, Herefordshire. Sold for £300 pph to La Marina Restaurant, Penarth, Cardiff.
Pig Supreme Champion Single
A Pietrain x Welsh pig, exhibited by Mr Myrddin James, Tregaron, Ceredigion. Sold for £450 to Mr Tom Hughes, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey.
Pig Supreme Champion Pair
A pair of Welsh x Large White pigs, exhibited by Mr Andrew Davies, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Sold for £390 pph to RL Evans, Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion.
Supreme Dressed Poultry Champion
A turkey, exhibited by Mr S Goulbourne, Carmarthenshire. Sold for £160 to Mr Gareth Roberts, Denbigh.
Overall Meat Hamper Champion
A Fresh Welsh Christmas Hamper, by Mr Adrian Walker (Golden Valley Meat & Game) Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Sold for £180 to the Mr & Mrs Tom Tudor, Llysun, Powys.
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