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New young farmer wins Brynle Williams Memorial Award

Young farmer, Sion Thomas Williams, has won the 2012 Brynle Williams Memorial Award.
Tuesday 24 July 2012

The winner was announced this afternoon at the Young Farmers building by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies who was accompanied by Mary Williams, the wife of the late Brynle.

Sion Thomas Williams along with his wife Claire, secured a 10 year tenancy on Beili Ficer farm, Llansawel, near Llandeilo,   in October 2010, after graduating from Harper Adams University.

The business has a commercial sheep flock of over a 1,000 ewes and a pedigree flock of 50 Texels and a small flock of pedigree Charollais.

The farmers have used the Farming Connect whole farm planning service to support purchase of the farm and application to the YESS scheme.

Runners-up are Moi Ellis Dafydd, Iolo Llwyd Evans, Richard Norton Lewis and Dora Ann Eynon.

The Welsh Government established the Brynle Williams Memorial Award two years ago to recognise the contribution of Mr Williams both as an Assembly Member and also as an active farmer.

The award marks the life of the former AM and also celebrates the achievements of young farmers who have been involved in the Young Entrants Support Scheme.

The Deputy Minister said:

“I know how much Brynle enjoyed the Royal Welsh show and I feel truly privileged to be able to present this award to honour his memory today.

“This, the second of the annual Brynle Williams Memorial Awards is just the start of a lasting legacy to Brynle’s commitment to agriculture and I am pleased to announce a worthy winner of this accolade.

“I was very impressed with the high standard of applicants we received.  The winner, Sion Thomas Williams, is the kind of innovative young farmer we want to see grow and thrive in the Welsh farming industry. By standing up for young farmers and supporting them through the Young Entrant Support Scheme we can ensure the industry goes from strength to strength and is fit to face a prosperous future.”

 

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