Pembrokeshire dairy farmer Dai Miles, who operates just outside Haverfordwest, has been selected as the 2021 Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) award winner for his outstanding contribution to the Welsh dairy industry .
The award recognizes someone who has made a great contribution and has become an integral part of the dairy industry in Wales. The judges were impressed with the contributions Mr. Miles has made and continues to make to the dairy industry.
Presenting the award at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair on November 29, FUW President Glyn Roberts said:
“Dai Miles can only be described as a pillar of our dairy industry. His passion, dedication and enthusiasm for all things dairy is a source of inspiration.
“Not only does he do an exceptional job as a dairy farmer, tending to livestock, land and producing sustainable nutritious food, he has also been instrumental in securing a long-term market for organic milk from Wales by supporting organic processing needs in Wales. The prize couldn’t go to a more worthy winner.
Dai Miles grew up in Felin Fach near Lampeter and attended Aberaeron High School. Not coming from a farming family, Dai began his farming career by attending Welsh Agricultural College in Aberystwyth, where he obtained a National Diploma in Agriculture and completed a work-study year at Godor Nantgaredig. .
After college he spent five years as a shepherd of 160 cows at Waun Fawr, Glynarthen, Llandysul, then another five years at IGER Trawscoed, working as a relief shepherd between the two dairy herds, Lodge Farm and the organic herd. of Ty Gwyn before taking the courageous step of taking out a rental on her own.
Dai, who is the FUW Deputy Chairman for South Wales, is also a former Chairman of the FUW Milk and Dairy Committee, a former County Chairman of the FUW in Pembrokeshire and Deputy Chairman of the Committee tenants of the FUW.
In addition, Dai participated in Farming Connect’s Agri-Academy rural leadership program, which helped him further develop his communication skills to enable him to more effectively perform his roles off the farm.
In addition to running his own organic dairy farm, in 2000 Dai Miles became one of the four founding directors and the first president of the Calon Wen Organic Dairy Cooperative. The cooperative, which is owned by 25 farming families, is helping to secure a long-term market for organic Wales milk by supporting organic processing needs in Wales.
In 2013, he became CEO of the company and began to develop the brand in the niche organic milk market. The company now supplies its own brand of milk, butter, cheese and frozen yogurt to major retailers in Wales and the UK, as well as a wide range of other outlets.
At the heart of Dai’s success is the passionate belief that a profitable agricultural industry is the key to sustaining Wales’ countryside and rural culture for future generations.