Wales YFC members bring home the bacon

02 August 2017

Menter Moch Cymru & Wales Pig finishing Winner Announced

 

In a bid to encourage the next generation of pig keepers and to get farmers thinking about pigs as a viable diversification option, four Wales YFC members have been awarded five weaners each as a stepping stone into the pig industry.

 

This new initiative is a joint venture between Wales YFC and Menter Moch Cymru, the new RDP funded project that aims to develop the pig sector in Wales.

 

The winners were announced on Tuesday, 25th July at the YFC chairman’s reception at the RWAS Royal Welsh Show and are Kim Barnett from the Teme Valley YFS Radnor YFC Club, Naomi Seren Nicholas from CFfI Llys y Frân Club, Ffion Medi Rees from CFfI Llanfynnydd and Cennydd Owen Jones from CFfI Pontsian.

 

On hearing of his success Cennydd said "I am very grateful for this fantastic opportunity that not only has enabled me to get quality pigs from a quality herd, but also to be able to attend training events provided by Menter Moch Cymru and to learn more about pig husbandry, the industry in Wales, and the challenges & opportunities that faces the industry in the near future."

 

Arwel Jones, Wales YFC Chairman noted, “We as Wales YFC are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Menter Moch Cymru initiative.  This is a new opportunity for our organisation and we are very proud to be a part of it. The project provides a great chance for young farmers to get their foot on the industry ladder and to be involved with the development of the pig sector in Wales”.

 

The competition was launched at the RWAS Spring festival to find 4 enthusiastic new pig keepers. The application process included a written application followed by a farm visit and on-farm assessment.

 

Part of the prize provided by Menter Moch Cymru was a training day at Harper Adams University where the four winners learned the skills required to rear their piglets.

 

Menter Moch Cymru will also be assisting the winners in marketing the pork and will provide continuing support & training to develop the skills required for this new endeavour. The transferrable skills gained throughout this competition will be valuable and applicable to many on-farm enterprises.

 

“Menter Moch Cymru is delighted to be working with Wales YFC to provide this new unique opportunity.” said Melanie Cargill, Menter Moch Cymru Project Manager.

 

“We were very impressed with the quality of the applications and the level of interest in the competition; showing that there is real appetite and interest in the pig sector here in Wales.  The competition is a great introduction to commercial pig keeping and we’re looking forward to working with and supporting Kim, Naomi, Ffion & Cennydd and seeing how they progress in this new venture.”

 

Justification for the type of pig breed chosen by the winners formed part of the application process. Cennydd and Ffion chose the traditional Welsh breed for their farming systems and these were sourced from local breeder Mathew Swain.

 

Kim, keen to try a commercial breed, was struck by the high quality and performance of the pigs at Harper Adams and will take delivery of 5 weaners from the Harper herd.

 

Naiomi will be rearing her piglets outdoors and has chosen the rare breed Large Black which have been sourced from the prize winning Trausmawr Herd.

 

 

The competition will conclude at the end of the year with a bespoke carcass competition.

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