Glimmer of hope for Cowbridge Livestock Market

It appears that farmers in the Vale of Glamorgan can keep a speck of hope when it comes to the livestock market here in Cowbridge.

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. honoldeb_Marchnad_Da_Byw

Further details are also available from or contact the consultants directly at

Cyfraniad i Gronfa Ffederasiwn CFfI Meirionnydd Mae Cangen Meirionnydd o UAC wedi cyfrannu £400 i Gronfa Ffederasiwn Meirionnydd o fudiad y Ffermwyr Ieuainc. Bydd yr arian yn cael ei ddefnyddio’n bennaf tuag at weithgareddau Rali’r Ffermwyr Ifanc, sydd i’w chynnal ar ddechrau mis Mehefin. Penderfynodd yr undeb eleni i ddyblu’r cyfraniad arferol tuag at y mudiad yn sgil penderfyniad Cyngor Gwynedd i dorri nawdd i’r mudiad yn gyfan gwbl o ddiwedd 2018. FUW Meirionnydd have donated £400 to the Meirionnydd YFC federation. The money will mainly be used for rally activities which take place at the beginning of June. The union decided to double the donation after Gwynedd County Council’s decision to completely cut all sponsorship to the federation at the end of 2018.
Landscape and Ecological Enhancement project overview
This project provides grant support to landowners with land lying along the route of the Brechfa Forest Connection, running from Brechfa Forest to Llandyfaelog. The project is being run and funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by Carmarthenshire County Council (CCC). Eligible work will include: • Laying, coppicing, gapping-up and fencing hedgerows • Planting trees, small woodlands and new hedgerows • Blocking drains for habitat restoration Up to £1,500 per landholding is available. In most cases grant will be calculated using standard costs. Landowners must confirm that the proposed work is not being funded from other grant sources, eg. Glastir. Preference will be given to those landowners with land directly affected by the connection, but land up to 3km from the connection may be eligible. A Plan and Contract will be drawn up for each successful applicant. Work must be completed by March 31 2019, unless otherwise agreed with the Project Officer. Only when works have been completed to the satisfaction of the County Council will the grant be paid. The County Council will inspect works as soon as possible after completion and aim to pay grant within 30 days of inspection. Landowners will be responsible for reflecting any changes on their IACS forms resulting from participation in this scheme. Some areas of tree planting may need to be excluded from forage area for entitlement purposes under the Basic Payment Scheme. If you have any questions please contact the Project Team: Rosie Carmichael (Mon-Thur) – 01267 228727. E-mail: Mat Ridley (Mon-Fri) – 01558 825308 . E-mail: Gus Hellier (Mon-Thur) – 01558 825303. E-mail:

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!



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.



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.


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