This year’s Royal Winter Fair will be officially opened by regenerative farmer Dafydd Wynne Finch on Monday, November 28 at 10am in Exhibition Hall 1.
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is looking forward to welcoming exhibitors, visitors and superb livestock to Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd.
Dafydd is a well-known landowner and farmer from North Wales, growing up on the family beef and sheep farm, Cefnamwlch, Tudweiliog, on the north side of the Llŷn Peninsula, which he converted to a dairy farm in 2003.
He and his farm manager Carwyn Rhys Davies now milk Jersey cross cows, focusing on milk solid products and butterfat for cheesemaking. The milk they produce is from a rotationally grazed grass system which gives greater control over grass production, improves grass quality and increases the animal’s performance.
Dafydd is also currently in the process of building a cheese production facility on Anglesey.
He went to agricultural college and worked in banking before moving back to the farm 20 years ago. As a Nuffield scholar, Dafydd has travelled to Israel, India, China, Australia, USA, and New Zealand for his studies.
His chosen subject for his Nuffield scholarship in 2013 was the collaboration of people, looking at alternatives to landlord and tenant relationships and into different ways of running farm businesses.
The most exciting findings were in New Zealand, which he observed had a very developed share farming system. Dafydd hopes that these systems can be implemented in the UK to bring new talent into farming.
Cefnamwlch runs on a farm share basis with Carwyn who owns a percentage of the cows. Dafydd’s farming practices maintain a focus on sustainable and regenerative farming, keeping large areas of land free for trees and woodland areas.
One system Dafydd has put in place at Cefnamwlch is continuous cover forestry. This increases biodiversity levels and creates more habitats for the surrounding nature and wildlife.
Following the official opening, there will be presentations of the John Gittins Memorial Award 2022 and the RWAS Oxford Farming Conference Bursary 2023.
For more information about the Winter Fair or to buy tickets visit the RWAS website https://rwas.wales/ .
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