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Whitland Suckler sale going from strength to strength

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THE SECOND mid-month sale of Suckler Cows at Whitland continued in the same vein from the first sale with a good entry forward and a strong ringside of bidders.

With an entry consisting of slightly more aged cows, the overall average came in at £1250, but the younger cows and heifers sold well as always, getting to a high of £1720 for a 3-year-old Pedigree Limousin heifer with a heifer calf at foot.

She was Wellhouse Jasmine and went to Phillips Farms Ltd, Windsor Farm.

Fast on her heels was a Limousin X heifer with a month old bull calf from Dylan Thomas, Tynewydd, at £1700 that went to RD & MA Shackleton, Mathry.

Two breeding bulls were entered – a very smart looking six year old Charolais cross, black in colour, from A D Chaplin, Nantygroes, which sold at £1750 and also went to RD & MA Shackleton.

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Quarantine Units major concern for local shows

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Strong livestock classes: At Bedwellty Show

THE THREAT posed to small agricultural shows through the introduction of Quarantine Units was hotly debated at Bedwellty and Llangynidr show, with farmers voicing their concern about the new regulations which will come into force on September 11.

“I would first of all like to thank the Glamorgan and Brecon and Radnor branches of the FUW for their assistance at our local shows and also congratulate the organisers for putting on such fantastic events. It really reminded me of how important our local shows are and the key role they play in bringing communities together,” said FUW Gwent County Executive Officer Glyn Davies.

“The main topic of discussions in our marquee however was not Brexit as many might expect, but the imminent introduction of Quarantine Units.  The delay in their introduction has done nothing to ease the burden, and the threat that will be posed to small shows like Bedwellty and Llangynidr. Our members really are concerned about the effect this will have.”

“Quarantine Units pose a very real threat to the livestock classes at the smaller agricultural shows. The Welsh Government have constantly stressed the vital role that agriculture plays in the rural economy and community, yet are hell bent on introducing QU’s which will make it uneconomical for some farmers to participate at shows, particularly during the busy autumn sales period. The cost of obtaining approval and maintaining, quarantine units will prove prohibitive to many exhibitors,” added Mr Davies.

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Welsh Lamb stars in BBC food finale

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Nadiya Hussain visits Richard Roderick’s Newton Farm in the Brecon Beacons: To see how PGI Welsh Lamb is reared

BBC TWO viewers saw PGI Welsh Lamb take to primetime television on September 4, during Love Lamb Week.

Former Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain has been discovering local delicacies from around the UK in her new series ‘Nadiya’s Great British Food Adventure’ and Monday’s episode saw PGI Welsh Lamb take centre stage in the final episode of the series.

The episode aired during Love Lamb Week, a national campaign which encourages consumers to pick and fall in love with lamb during its peak season. Originating as a grass roots campaign, Love Lamb Week sees farmers, agricultural bodies, chefs and consumers join together to celebrate and champion lamb.

During the episode, Nadiya travelled to the Brecon Beacons to meet local sheep farmer Richard Roderick. Part of Nadiya’s journey is to understand the story and the provenance behind different food and produce up and down the country, learning what makes these special foods not only delicious, but a part of Great British culture.

Nadiya also tried her hand at sheep dog training with Richard and took in the outstanding natural surroundings in which Welsh Lamb is reared, before moving on to the kitchen where Nadiya cooked up a delicious and different lamb recipe. Nadiya’s ‘Fast Lamb Bhuna’ served with garlic naan is a simple and contemporary dish, proving Welsh Lamb to be worthy of more than just a Sunday roast.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) scholar and former Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year Richard Roderick commented said: “It was a delight to have Nadiya come to the farm and show her what goes into putting Welsh Lamb on supermarket and butcher shop shelves. Nadiya was really eager to learn more about the whole process and even had a go at rounding up the flock.
“It was great for Nadiya and the viewers to see the story and provenance of Welsh Lamb and how our traditional farming methods and Wales’ naturally exceptional landscapes provide an excellent product for exceedingly good dishes.”

HCC Marketing Manager Rhys Llywelyn said: “Love Lamb Week is always a great opportunity for us to promote lamb being in peak season and PGI Welsh Lamb as an iconic national product. Nadiya’s Great British Food Adventure succeeds in showing the public the story behind Welsh Lamb; the people and the hard work behind the produce.’ Rhys continued ‘Nadiya also broke the misconception that Welsh Lamb is more suited to slow-cook stews and Sunday roasts. Nadiya’s quick and innovative dish proves the ease and versatility of cooking with Welsh Lamb.”

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Farmer awarded for his long service to agriculture

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CHRIS LEWIS from Letterston was praised at the Pembrokeshire County Show last week for his long service to the agricultural industry.

Chris, who started work at Llangwarren Farm in Letterston, and then Chapel Farm in Wolfscastle for 33 years, was one of three people who was awarded for their long service to the industry.

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