Glimmer of hope for Cowbridge Livestock Market
The FUW has long been in support of Cowbridge Livestock mart, recognising that the closure of the mart would remove a vital lifeline from the town and also make it necessary for farmers to travel far greater distances to sell their stock.
And for many years now its future has been hanging in the air. A myriad of proposals, schemes and discussions later, Creative Rural Communities, the Vale Council’s rural Local Action Group on which FUW Glamorgan county executive officer Rachel Saunders sits, has committed funding for a feasibility study to identify the needs of farmers.
This is following news that the Vale Council has decided to re-develop the site on which the current livestock market is situated. Indeed in 2013 the FUW contributed to a feasibility study in a bid to convince the Vale Council that it was profitable and vital to keep the mart open.
The recent tender process resulted in five applications from consultancy groups and following a series of meetings and interviews with the council, farming unions, YFC and the current market operators, a local firm PER Consulting has been appointed to lead on the work.
The study will generally be looking at all aspects of how, where and what farmers sell. At the moment it is only a sheep market (however the market has historically been a cattle market – hence the name of Cowbridge). This means that cattle farmers have to travel
to Carmarthen, Brecon or Raglan to sell their stock – the addition of cattle to the market would therefore certainly be a welcome change, if it comes to fruition.
Consideration of the size and location of a new multi purpose facility is of course crucial, as well as any other commercial activities that could ensure future viability of the market site.
Funding, naturally, will be a huge issue and although some public funding may be obtainable, the consultants will need to look at commercial options on the site as well.
We have had many discussions on how these plans can benefit the wider rural community as well as farmers, therefore the study will consider whether commercial facilities could be built for learning, training, office space in addition to traditional agricultural functions.
The most interesting discussions though have been around whether processing facilities could be incorporated, thereby shortening the supply chain in this area.
The study will be completed by the end of August and PER Consulting will be holding face to face meetings with farmers, smallholders and rural business as well as conducting online surveys.
Anyone interested in responding to the survey can follow the links below to complete the survey in either English or Welsh. www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ValeMarketStudy www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Astudiaeth_Ddic honoldeb_Marchnad_Da_Byw
Further details are also available from www.creativeruralcommunities.co.uk or contact the consultants directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carmarthen county meeting
FUW Carmarthen held a County Meeting on April 9 with guest speaker Philippa Wiltshire (pictured right) who gave an informative talk on red Tractor assurance.
100 Club Spring draw results
1st – Mr Tony Edwards, Troed Y Rhiw Farm – £50 2nd – Mr Elwyn Probert, Old Castle Court – £30 3rd – Mr G Parry, Llwyn Celyn – £20 We are arranging a “Wooden Horse” race night to raise money for the presidents charity. The event will be held on Saturday June 30at7pmatTy Oakley Farm, Hafodyrynys, by kind permission of Mr Howard Vicary. The format for the evening will see the auctioning of six wooden horses, for six separate races. These will then race over a short course with the winners receiving a cash prize. In addition there will be £1 tote betting, with winner only pay outs. The event promises to be an evening packed full of fun and entertainment, whilst raising money for good causes. There will also be a licensed bar and disco. Ticketsarepricedat£10,toincludeaburger or hotdog, and are available from the county office. Why not stay overnight and book a caravan or tent pitch for £10.
Sioe Cymdeithas Llŷn ac Eifionydd
Mae cangen UAC Sir Gaernarfon yn edrych ymlaen at ddiwrnod prysur o hyrwyddo #AmaethAmByth yn Sioe Cymdeithas Amaethyddol Llŷn ac Eifionydd.
Cynhelir y digwyddiad, ar Ŵyl y Banc, Dydd Llun, Mai 7 ar Fferm Bodtacho Wyn, Nefyn, Gwynedd ac fe all ymwelwyr edrych ymlaen at weld hen geir a pheiriannau, ceffylau, gwartheg, defaid, sioeau cŵn, adran ffwr a phlu, stondin grefftau a choginio, a stondinau masnach a ffair.
Dywedodd cadeirydd UAC Sir Gaernarfon Tudur Parry: “Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at drafod materion amaethyddol ar y stondin gyda’n haelodau a’n gwleidyddion etholedig ac yn croesawu aelodau a ffrindiau i ymuno â ni ar y diwrnod.”
The Caernarfon branch of the FUW is looking forward to a busy day of promoting #FarmingMatters at the Lleyn and Eifionydd Agricultural Society Show. The event, which takes place on Bank holiday Monday, May 7, is held at Bodtacho Wyn Farm, Nefyn, Gwynedd and visitors can look forward to vintage cars and machinery, horses, cattle, sheep, dog shows, fur and feather, crafts and cookery, trade stands and a fun fair. FUW Caernarfonshire county chairman Tudur Parry said: “We look forward to discussing #FarmingMatters at the stand with our members and elected politicians and extend a warm
welcome for members, guests and friends of the FUW as in previous years to join us on the day.”
Gŵyl Fwyd Caernarfon Food Festival 2018
Mae tîm UAC Sir Gaernarfon yn edrych ymlaen at ddiwrnod prysur yng Ngŵyl Fwyd Caernarfon, sy’n mynd i drawsnewid y dref i baradwys o fwyd.
Bydd yr Ŵyl, a gynhelir ar Fai 12, yn cael ei gynnal mewn sawl lleoliad gwahanol yn y dref, gan gynnwys Pendeitsh, y Promenâd, Porth yr Aur a Doc Fictoria, yn ogystal ag ar y Maes a Stryd Llyn.
Dywedodd cadeirydd UAC Sir Gaernarfon Tudur Parry: “Mae’r Ŵyl yn gyfle i ddathlu bwyd a diod a gynhyrchir yn lleol gyda’r cyfle i brynu a blasu pob math o gynnyrch.
“Mae’n ddiwrnod gwych i’r teulu cyfan ac edrychwn ymlaen at weld llawer o’n haelodau ar y diwrnod.
“Mae’r diwrnod hefyd yn gyfle gwych i dynnu sylw at y ffaith bod ein ffermwyr yn gwneud llawer mwy na chynhyrchu bwyd a byddwn yn sicr yn tynnu sylw at pam bod #AmaethAmByth ac mai ffermwyr yw conglfaen ein heconomïau gwledig.”
Am ragor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â swyddfa UAC Sir Gaernarfon ar 01286 672793.
The Caernarfon team of the FUW is looking forward to a busy day at Gŵyl Fwyd Caernarfon Food Festival, which is set to transform the town into a food lovers’ paradise.
The festival, which takes place on May 12, will be located over many areas within the town including Pendeitsh, the Promenade, Porth yr Aur and Victoria Dock, as well as the Castle Square and Pool Street.
FUW Caernarfonshire county chairman Tudur Parry said: “The festival celebrates locally produced food and drink with the opportunity to buy and taste all sorts of produce. It’s a fantastic day out for the family and we look forward to seeing many of our members on the day.
“The day is also a fantastic opportunity to highlight that our farmers do so much more than just produce food and we will certainly
be highlighting why #FarmingMatters and that farmers are the cornerstone of our rural economies.”
For more information contact the FUW Caernarfon office on 01286 672793.
Silver for Ben at Commonwealth Games
Massive congratulations to FUW members son Ben Llewellin from Great Rudbaxton Farm, Haverfordwest for winning silver in the Men’s Skeet Final at Commonwealth Games!
DENBIGH & FLINT
How RABI can help
THE Royal Agricultural Benevolent Fund has been helping people in financial need in the farming sector since 1860.
Here’s a reminder of the kind of help RABI are able to offer farming families who may be experiencing financial difficulties for whatever reasons:
• Pay for TV licences, lifeline alarms and tele- phone rental costs
• Buy essential white goods
• Pay domestic utility bills
• Provide food vouchers and hampers • Pay for relief farm staff
• Buy disability equipment
• Fund adaptations in the home
• Help with state benefit claims • Pay for hospital travel costs
• Help with funeral expenses
• Pay for heating
• Provide emergency grants in a crisis
• Arrange free debt advice
• Organise free business appraisals
• Contribute towards care home costs
• Contribute towards home-help costs.
RABI tailor their support to the particular needs of the family or individual. Call the Free Helpline telephone number: 0808 281 9490.
BRECON & RADNOR
SAF Form Filling Please call or email the office to book an appointment to fill out your SAF form. Don’t leave it until the last minute! We are also making appointments to manage CPHs following the change in regulations.