Search is on for 26th Wales Woman Farmer of the Year

17 Ebrill 2024

After the success of its 25th anniversary celebrations last July, NFU Cymru, along with sponsor NFU Mutual, is once again launching the search for a winner of the Wales Woman Farmer of the Year Award.

The NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual Wales Woman Farmer of the Year competition aims to celebrate the contribution of women in the Welsh farming industry.

NFU Cymru Deputy President Abi Reader, a former winner of the award who will be one of this year’s judges, said: “The Wales Woman Farmer of the Year Award is there to champion the contribution that women make to farming businesses and wider rural life. Over the past 25 years we have had a variety of winners, all representing different sectors and parts of the farming industry, and we look forward to receiving applications for the 2024 title and celebrating this great award.”

Heather Holgate, NFU Cymru & NFU Mutual Group Secretary, who will be judging alongside Abi Reader said: "For generations women have played a crucial role in Welsh agriculture, from running farm businesses to leading diversification enterprises to increase farm income and NFU Mutual is proud to support this award. We hope the award inspires other women in Wales to take centre stage and influence farming in the future." 

Last year's winner

Read more about the most recent winner of the Wales Woman Farmer of the Year Award, Katie-Rose Davies from near Bridgend.

Katie-Rose Davies, who has a degree in agriculture from Aberystwyth University, plays a pivotal role in the running of the family hill farm in the Ogmore Valley, where her family have farmed for over 90 years. Alongside being a partner in the business since 2015, she is a mother to three young children and works as a Lecturer in Agriculture at Bridgend College.

The award

The criteria includes:

  • The part played to make the farm enterprise successful
  • Any contribution made to champion the industry and, in particular, the role of women in farming
  • Involvement in local community life and in other organisations.

The winner of the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual Wales Woman Farmer of the Year 2024 award will receive £500 and a Welsh Royal Crystal bowl.

How to apply or nominate someone

Nominations are invited throughout Wales. Female farmers are invited to nominate themselves or can be nominated by a friend, relative or organisation.

If you are interested in entering, or know someone who you think is worthy of a nomination for the title of Wales Woman Farmer of the Year 2024;

  1. Fill out the online form below
  2. Download the application form and email the completed form to [email protected] or by post to NFU Cymru, Agriculture House, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Powys, LD2 3TU
  3. Call the NFU Cymru office on 01982 554200 to request a hard copy of the form.

The closing date for entries is Monday 27 May 2024. The award will be presented on Thursday 25 July on the NFU Cymru stand at the Royal Welsh Show.

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