What's on our stand at the Royal Welsh Show

15 July 2022

We Are Welsh Farming
The NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual stand at the Royal Welsh Show 2019

After a two-year hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Monday 18th July to Thursday 21st July sees the return of Europe’s largest agricultural show – the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells.

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.

Political engagement

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.

What's on

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 

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.

Speakers

Dylan Morgan

Dylan Morgan

(Chair) NFU Cymru Head of Policy

Aled Jones

Aled Jones

NFU Cymru President

Minette Batters

Minette Batters

NFU President

Tim Rycroft

Tim Rycroft

AHDB CEO

Cath Smith

Cath Smith

HCC Chair

Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS

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.

Speakers

Abi Reader

Abi Reader

(Chair) NFU Cymru Deputy President

Ed Barker

Ed Barker

Head of Policy and External Affairs, AIC

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Head of Agriculture, Tesco

Prys Morgan

Prys Morgan

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.

Speakers

Kath Whitrow

Kath Whitrow

(Chair) NFU Cymru LFA Board Chair

Jerry Langford

Jerry Langford

Public Affairs Manager, Woodland Trust - Coed Cadw

Mabon ap Gwynfor MS

Mabon ap Gwynfor MS

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Samuel Kurtz MS

Samuel Kurtz MS

Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire

Caryl Haf

Caryl Haf

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.

Speakers

John Mercer

John Mercer

(Chair) NFU Cymru Director

Aled Jones

Aled Jones

NFU Cymru President

Lesley Griffiths MS

Lesley Griffiths MS

Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales Trefnydd

 


Closes 12 July - photographs displayed in the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee

Photography competition

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.

Enter using the online form here.


Tuesday 19 July - 12.15pm - NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual marquee

Gareth Raw Rees Scholarship presentations

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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

Wales Woman Farmer of the Year Award presentation

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(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

'Let's talk farming' Discovery Barn

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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

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 DPJ Foundation raffle

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!


Wales YFC Rugby 7s and Tug of War competitions

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(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.

Rugby 7s

Main Cattle Ring (Timings STC)
Monday 18 July, 5.35pm - Round 1
Tuesday 19 July, 5.45pm - Round 2
Wednesday 20 July, 2.30pm - Final

Tug of War

Main Cattle Ring
(Timings STC)
Wednesday 20 July, 12.15pm - Final
Presentation to follow.

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