For four days the agricultural stage will be filled with the world’s media, politicians from Cardiff Bay, Westminster and further afield, as well as celebrities and more than 240,000 visitors and 8,000 animals that descend on the Llanelwedd showground for an occasion that celebrates the very best in Welsh agriculture.
The event is an ideal opportunity for NFU Cymru to meet with key stakeholders, retailers, partner organisations and other lobbying groups to discuss the future of the farming industry in Wales. But while there is plenty going on behind the scenes, there is also a whole host of public facing activities being laid on by NFU Cymru and its partners at NFU Mutual.
Below are some of the events we are encouraging members to join in and support as part of their visit to the Royal Welsh Show this year. Click on one of the bullet points below to learn more:
- Seminars in the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee - hot topics up for discussion in the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee
- Photography competition - the chance to win £200 and your photo showcased on the stand
- Gareth Raw Rees Scholarship Award - helping young farmers travel and learn more about agriculture
- Wales Woman Farmer Award - who will be triumphant?
- 'Let's talk farming' Discovery Barn - engaging with the next generation
- Business zone - information to help your business thrive
- The DPJ Foundation - your chance to win a vintage tractor
- Rugby 7s and Tug of War - NFU Cymru is once again sponsoring these Wales YFC competitions
All in the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee
Monday 18 July - 11am
Priorities for Welsh farming in an uncertain world
New trading relationships with the EU and major agricultural exporting nations, the development of new domestic food and farming policies, tackling climate change, along with the impacts on food production and food security of the war in Ukraine mean that Welsh farmers are making decisions in an increasingly uncertain world.
This seminar will hear from the First Minister of Wales and industry leaders on what they believe should be the priorities for Welsh farming at this time.
(Chair) NFU Cymru Head of Policy
NFU Cymru President
Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS
First Minister for Wales
Monday 18 July - 2pm
Dealing with inflation in the food supply chain
With inflation soaring across the economy, agriculture and the food supply chain is not isolated and continues to face ever increasing costs. This seminar will explore how inflation is affecting the food chain from farm to fork and what the supply chain can do to help mitigate some of the impacts.
(Chair) NFU Cymru Deputy President
Head of Policy and External Affairs, AIC
Head of Agriculture, Tesco
Procurement Director, Kepak UK
Tuesday 19 July - 11am
Growing together - a strategy for sustainably increasing tree cover in Wales
As part of its decarbonisation strategy, Welsh Government has established ambitious tree planting targets of 43,000 hectares by 2030 and 180,000 hectares by 2050. Welsh Government has also committed to create a National Forest from the north of Wales to the south.
In the context of multiple and increasing pressures on land use in Wales, this seminar will consider how Welsh Government’s climate goals can be progressed alongside securing a stable supply of home produced, high quality, affordable food in ways that safeguard our rural communities.
(Chair) NFU Cymru LFA Board Chair
Public Affairs Manager, Woodland Trust - Coed Cadw
Mabon ap Gwynfor MS
Samuel Kurtz MS
Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire
Wales YFC Chair
Tuesday 19 July - 3pm
Shaping Welsh farming's future - NFU Cymru's policy priorities
In the coming months, Welsh Government is expected to bring forward the Agriculture (Wales) Bill providing the legislative framework for future agricultural policy and support which will be delivered through the proposed Sustainable Farming Scheme.
This seminar, chaired by NFU Cymru Director John Mercer, will feature Minister for Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffths MS in discussion with NFU Cymru President Aled Jones, providing invaluable insight and an opportunity for questions on the direction of travel at this pivotal time for Welsh farming.
(Chair) NFU Cymru Director
NFU Cymru President
Lesley Griffiths MS
Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales Trefnydd
Closes 12 July - photographs displayed in the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee
Send us your best farming photos for the chance to win a £200 voucher.
NFU Cymru is marking the Royal Welsh Show with a photography competition to help showcase the great Welsh farming industry and its contribution to the economy, environment, Welsh culture, and of course in feeding the nation with safe, high quality, affordable food.
The shortlisted photographs will be showcased on the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual stand throughout the Royal Welsh Show and the winner will be announced during the show and awarded a £200 farm shop voucher or a hamper of farm produce of equivalent value.
How to enter
NFU Cymru’s 'We Are Welsh Farming' campaign aims to encapsulate all that Welsh farming delivers for Wales, and this year, once again, we want to showcase the true meaning of We Are Welsh Farming through the eyes of those who work in the industry, day-in, day-out.
If you have a photograph or photographs that encapsulate what Welsh farming means to you, simply submit them using this form, or use #BestOfWelshFarming and tag @nfucymru_wales in the caption of your Instagram post or email them to [email protected] with your name, county of residence and a brief description of your photograph.
You must read and agree to the terms and conditions before entering this competition.
Tuesday 19 July - 12.15pm - NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee
This is an annual prize-giving presentation to scholars wishing to travel to broaden their knowledge of agriculture. A large number of farmers under the age of 30 have received a contribution towards their travels and learning over the years, all funded by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust in memory of the late Gareth Raw Rees.
Thursday 20 July - 11.30am - NFU Cymru stand
(pictured above: Previous winners of the award)
The winner of the annual NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual Wales Woman Farmer of the Year award, now in its 24th year, will be announced at the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee.
The award seeks to champion the contribution that women make to the agricultural industry and to raise the profi le of women in farming. After a two year break due to the pandemic, the last award winner was Nic Drew, a beef and sheep farmer from Trefecca, near Brecon.
All week - NFU Cymru stand
Following the success of previous years, the Discovery Barn is back again this year, packed with fun and educational games and activities in both English and Welsh. Located at the front of the NFU Cymru stand the barn features interactive games and activities for children to learn about farming. The barn will be located outside the NFU Cymru Pavilion, 9am – 6pm Monday 18 July – Thursday 21 July.
All week - NFU Cymru stand
The Business Zone will be back again this year, located on the NFU Cymru stand, profiling the unrivalled services and discounts available to NFU Cymru members.
The area will promote second to none discounts and services that are exclusive to NFU Cymru members and are designed to cover every aspect of your farming business. Our professional services offer political, legal, regulatory and technical information as well as more practical business focussed solutions covering law, planning, environment and energy. Your NFU Cymru membership also means that you get access to discounts specifically negotiated with farmers and growers in mind, ensuring you’re getting the best possible access to what’s on the market whether it be vehicles, ATVs, agricultural tyres, fuel cards, farm security, health care, and much more.
Within the Business Zone you’ll be able to speak directly with our professional advisers from NFU Energy and NFU Employment, along with our Legal Assistance Scheme Adviser and Panel Firms who can advise on all types of legal matters including our NFU Contract Checking Service, planning and all matters land management as well as our bespoke NFU Tenants Service.
In the same space will be some of our partners who provide our members with unrivalled affnity discounts across a huge range of leading brand names, so come and find out how to save money on your next purchases.
All week - NFU Cymru stand
The NFU Cymru stand will be supporting the DPJ Foundation again this year by hosting a vintage tractor raffle in aid of the charity. Following generous sponsorship and donations from a number of organisations, the DPJ Foundation was able to acquire a pristine Fordson vintage tractor worth over £5,000 to use as a raffle prize.
The tractor will be on the NFU Cymru stand throughout the Royal Welsh Show for visitors to see the tractor and enter the draw – tickets are £5 per entry with all proceeds going to the DPJ Foundation. Representatives from the DPJ Foundation will also be on the stand to discuss the subject of mental health awareness in rural communities.
Come on over to the stand to speak to the team and enter the raffle!
(Sponsored by NFU Cymru)
A reception for the finalists of both awards will commence at the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual Marquee on Wednesday 20 July at 3.15pm.
NFU Cymru is once again delighted to be able to support Wales YFC’s popular Rugby 7s and Tug of War contests. Join us at the Main Cattle Ring to see who takes the spoils.