ThE setting for the 2018 royal Welsh Grassland Event, in the heart of this year’s rWAS Feature County, makes it readily accessible to farmers from a wide area of England and Wales.
The fact that the host, Martin Evans, is a highly regarded dairy farmer, contractor, businessman and former Sir Bryner Jones winner means the event is perfectly placed to attract record crowds.
They will be invited to enjoy a hundred acres of working demonstrations, including the latest muckspreading techniques, in one of the most productive areas of Wales. The trial plots, working demonstrations and comprehensive seminar programme have been put together to reflect the diverse and distinctive nature of Montgomeryshire and to appeal to a wide range of visitors, from contractors to the traditional small family farm.
Event chairman, Dafydd Jones, said: “Grassland is a very important feature of Montgomeryshire, for sheep, beef and dairy. We’re very fortunate to be able to host this event at Carnbwl, Four Crosses, and to show the very best techniques on this progressive farm.
“The county is very diverse, ranging from the Welsh speaking uplands in the west, which is mainly beef and sheep farming, to the lowlands. The lowlands are very productive and progressive, with dairy farming, arable, biomass and poultry.
“We chose Martin to host the event because of the energy and enthusiasm he has, as a business minded person. We wanted a person willing to take on the huge challenge of the rWAS Grassland Event. There are other farm shows, but a grassland demonstration is the biggest challenge of all.
“I vaguely knew about him and his amazing story. It’s an inspiration to work with him and an inspiration for people visiting and hearing about the story. There are a lot of negative things said about farming and we want to get positive stories out there.”
Montgomeryshire is the only Welsh county that stretches from the sea to the English border. Dafydd is confident that the site’s location means it will appeal to people in neighbouring counties, including Cheshire, Shropshire and herefordshire, as well as Wales.
Event organiser helen Davies says an innovation this year is to stagger the demonstrations throughout the day, with set times for the different techniques.
Muckspreading has also been included, because the machinery and technology used by Martin Evans Contracting makes it a natural addition to the day.
A biennial event, this year it is the centrepiece of fundraising for the rWAS and organised by members of the Montgomeryshire 2018 rWAS Feature County.
The money raised will go towards improving facilities for Young People on the showground. Martin Evans Agricultural Services is proud to be hosting the 2018 grassland event. They provide
Agricultural contracting, agricultural and industrial building construction and contract maintenance services throughout Mid Wales and the Shropshire Borders.
The royal Welsh Grassland Event will offer a huge variety of interest for farmers, contractors and the rural public.
The day will cover working machinery demonstrations in the field, forage trial plots covering a wide range of the latest crops and varieties, livestock equipment for the grassland farmer. There will also be many trade stands and suppliers covering the full range of grassland and livestock requirements.