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News 4 December 2013


Awardfor inspiringcouple A

YOUNG west Wales couple who have gotthemselves on to the farming ladder have received a

special award. Sion and ClaireWilliams,havewon the

National SheepAssociation (NSA) Cymru/Wales young achievement award. Eachyear NSA Cymru/Wales recog-

nises the specific contribution of people under the ageof35tothe sheepfarming sector.Sion and Claire were chosen not just fortheir incredible role in hosting the NSA Welsh Sheepevent in Maythis year,whichattracted several thousand visitors to their farm near Llandeilo,but also their achievement in taking on a farming tenancyin2010 and utilising IT, industry schemes and grant aid to make their sheepenterprise thrive. David

Pittendreigh, NSA

Cymru/Wales chairman, said: “Sion and Claire Williams,and not forgetting son Harri, took on aten-year tenancyatthe 255-acre Beili Ficer Farm in 2010 and have achieved ahuge amount already. They rent another 150 acres and owna further 20 acres and have developed a thriving sheepenterprise with the goal of producing exactlywhatthe market

wants. “Theyrunamixed flockof1,200 Mule,

Texel Mule and Aberdale ewes and their 100% focus on maximising lamb produc- tion offgrass and kilograms of lamb sold per eweisalesson to everyone in the sheepsector,whatever their age. “We all knowthe challenges foryoung

people to get on the farming ladder and the waySion and Claire work closely with their landlords –Alfor and Elwyn Thomas –inarelationship thatbenefits them both is an inspiration to young farmers who dream of farming in their ownright.” The presentation wasmade to Sion

and Claire on theNSAstand at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair,where the NSA also launched amembership recruitment campaign for2014, with afree prizedraw fornew members thatsign up and exist- ing members who recommend them. To find out more about Sion and Claire’s farming enterprise,goto farm/. Formore information about the NSA

and its next generation programme,goto


YOUNG ACHIEVERS: Claire and Sion Williams at home at Beili Ficer Farm, which hosted the National Sheep AssociationWales Welsh Sheep event.


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Moretimetoapply as badger TB grant proves verypopular

SO MANY people are considering carrying out their ownbovine TB badger vaccination project thatthey have been given more time to apply forfunding. The Badger Vaccination Grant can

cover up to half of the costs of private vaccination projects and there has been suchahigh level of interest in the scheme thatthe application period has nowbeen extended to February 28th. Minister fornatural resources and

food Alun Davies said: “I recognise that the eradication of TB requires along- term approachthatincludes anumber of different measures and relies upon the support and cooperation of Welsh farmers and landowners. “I would encourage anybodyinterest-

ed in privatelyvaccinating badgers on their land to take advantage of this grant whichIsee as another step towards our ultimate goal of aTBfree Wales.” The grant, whichwill run until 2019,

will applytoprivate vaccination proj- ects outside the Intensive Action Area in north Pembrokeshire,where the Welsh Government will continue to run its ownproject. Applications received by December

13th will be considered in January 2014, while applications received between December 13th and February 28th will be considered in March 2014. To find out more about the badger grant


Demand for land strong as farm sells for £2.96m

THE high demand forland in west Wales wasevident when a323-acre farm sold foralmost £3million. Sold at auction in five lots,Meinig-

wyion Mawr,Gorsgoch, Llanybydder made £2.96million in total. Auctioneer Malgwyn Evans,ofJ.J.

Morris said: “This wasthe first sizeable farmto havecomeonto the open market forsome years and just showed the demand forland in this part of Wales. Eachlot sold to local buyers which reflects the confidence farmers have in agriculture.” Apacked auction room at the Feath-

ers Hotel, Aberaeron, witnessed brisk bidding forthe main farm and land, fol- lowing the tragic passing of both Sue and Ronald Jones earlier this summer. The main farm of 138 acres sold at

£1.25m to near neighbours,the Evans familyofRhydsais.Lot twocomprised 52 acres of prime quality land and sold for£560,000 (£10,700 per acre) and lot three consisting of 85 acres,reaching £630,000. A133/4 acre blockofland on the edge

of Cross Inn village reached £170,000 with the final lot of an adjoining 35 acre blockreaching £350,000.


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