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17 News FUW enjoys busy International Sheep Dog Trials

FUWMeirionnyddCountyExecutive Officer,HuwJones: Welcoming Liz Saville Roberts MP to the FUW stand at the International Sheep Dog Trials

Talking shop: FUW Vice President, Richard Vaughan, with BWMB Producer Communications Manager, Gareth Jones

Bryn, and brother, Hugh. They also have a very successful caravan park business where his sisters, Sian and Bethan, are active partners. Geraint and and his wife, Annest,

married in 1992 and have two daughters, Lowri and Catrin, who play an important and active part in the business on both the farming and tourism side. Annest, Catrin and Lowri also run the bar and restaurant at the Woodlands/Bronffynnon site which is approximately three miles from Sandilands. FUW Meirionnydd County

International Trial President, Geraint Owen: With FUW Finance and Organisation Committee Member, Dewi Owen

asked to be the International President for this year’s International Sheep Dog Trials. “I was very proud to be involved

with a small dedicated local committee and was amazed at the work and organisation needed to hold such a large event. The standard of competition over the three days was exceptionally high and I warmly congratulate the Welsh team on their success.” Geraint Owen of Sandilands farm,

Tywyn, is also the Chairman of the local FUW Tywyn branch and has had close connections with the FUW over many years. Sandilands is a Beef and Sheep

farm with around 2,000 breeding ewes and 200 breeding limousins and limousin cross suckler cows. The Owen family have farmed at

Sandilands since 1938 when Geraint’s grandparents took over the farm. Geraint is the third generation to farm here in partnership with his father,

Executive Officer, Huw Jones, said: “The fields where the trials were held were in a truly fascinating location, with outstanding views over the Dysynni valley, and perfect for an event such as this. “I would like to thank all of the

Union staff and officials who have been at hand over the three days to help in manning the stand and of course their kind assistance in setting up.

“Last but not least, I would like

to congratulate the Wales team on their excellent achievements, the competition was truly intense and a wonderful display of how well dog and handlers work together.”

Newcastle Emlyn business scoops award BCC IT, a Carmarthenshire THE FARMERS’ UNION

OF WALES has enjoyed three busy and successful days at the International Sheep Dog Trials, held at Sandilands farm, Tywyn. The Union was represented by the

Meirionnydd branch and they were delighted to welcome members and all those participating in the Sheep

Dog Trials to the stand. The FUW was an official sponsor

of the event and, of course, also provided the Wales team with their official jackets. International Trial President,

Geraint Owen, who hosted the International Sheep Dog Trials, said: “It was a privilege and honour to be

Bovine TB will hit trade deals THE FARMERS’ UNION OF

WALES is reminding all Assembly Members that the current levels of Bovine TB in Wales will cost us trade deals with Europe if there is no change in policy. The Union welcomes the call

for a debate on the eradication of Bovine TB in cattle and wildlife at the National Assembly but stresses it is imperative that all AMs back the motion in a bid to achieve an effective change in levels of bTB outbreaks. FUW President Glyn Roberts

said: “We welcome the support for the motion but urge all the other Assembly Members to throw their support behind the debate. “Every single AM needs to

recognise that the problem of Bovine TB in Wales will have catastrophic consequences for our future trade negotiations if the disease status in our wildlife is not addressed as a matter of urgency. “This debate is an opportunity

IT and Telephony Company, was recognised at the South Wales Business Awards ceremony held last Friday (Sept 9) at the Bear Hotel in Cowbridge. The event was hosted by Wesley

for cross-party co-operation on an issue which has significant emotional and financial implications for many farmers in Wales and we need the support of the whole Assembly to achieve a change in policy.” The FUW continues to highlight

that current levels of Bovine TB in Wales are in excess of what will be acceptable to other EU countries when the UK is outside the single market and the Union is deeply concerned that the current disease status has the potential to be a challenging negotiation tool, especially given the the vacuum created by post vaccination failure. The motion was put forward by

Plaid Cymru Mid and West Assembly Member, Simon Thomas, Shadow Cabinet member for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs and is supported by AM for North Wales, Llŷr Gruffydd, Mid and West Wales AM, Neil Hamilton, and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, Paul Davies.

Skene of Wesley Skene Marketing and the evening was presented by one of Wales’ best-known and much- loved television and radio presenters, Sara Edwards. Businesses from many sectors across South Wales turned out for the evening to celebrate the successes of South Wales’ businesses during the last 12 months. The company, based in Newcastle

Emlyn, grabbed the top spot in the ‘Business Services – Business of the Year’ category, which recognises

the exceptional business services it provides to hundreds of businesses and organisations across Wales. The company has built up a

diverse client portfolio, supporting many different types of businesses and organisations, of all sizes, in the past 28 years, from estate agents to local authorities, solicitors to travel agents, garages to dentists, and charities to manufacturing plants. It is considered to be the key strategic IT partner to organisations such as the Wales Cooperative Centre, Hafan Cymru, John Francis Estate Agents, Golwg, Princes Gate, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Building Communities Trustees and Cambrian Pet Foods. Hywel Ifans, Managing Director of BCC IT, said: “We are the IT lifeline

to the running of many businesses in the community, keeping them connected and operational. We are extremely proud to be recognised as the ‘Business Services – Business of the Year’ at the South Wales Business Awards.” This is the company’s third

award this year. In January, BCC IT was recognised at the West Wales Business Awards, where it picked up the ‘Services’ award. This award recognises the exceptional services it provides to businesses and organisations across Wales. In March, it picked up the ‘Technology’ award at the inaugural Carmarthenshire Means Business Awards, recognising it as Carmarthenshire’s top technology company.

Winners: Steven Mason and Hywel Ifans of BCC IT

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