Pembrokeshire farmer wins Brynle Williams Memorial Award

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Young farmer, Bryn Perry, from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, has received the Brynle Williams Memorial Award for 2021.

The award celebrates the late Brynle Williams’ enormous contribution to Welsh agriculture as an Assemblyman and as a farmer. The award was established in 2011 and this year celebrates the achievements of young farmers who have excelled in the Welsh Government’s Mentro/Venture scheme which helps new entrants establish sharecropping agreements with landowners.

The award was given to first-generation farmer Bryn Perry, who is in his early 30s. He is currently a tenant of a municipal farm in Pembrokeshire which runs a small sheep dairy business. With a degree in business management and having worked in various industries and roles in the past, Bryn has always had the ambition to work in agriculture on his own farm.

With his partner Becca and his young daughter, the family raises a herd of around 120 East Frisian ewes, a breed renowned for the quality of its milk.

Bryn used the Farming Connect Venture program to establish a successful partnership with local dairy sheep farmers. He has also participated in Farming Connect’s personal development programs, including the Agri Academy and Business Bootcamp, and benefited from subsidized training relevant to food processing.

Bryn Perry said:

None of my achievements would have been possible without all these services made available to me. They gave me confidence and introduced me to a network of new rural contacts and skills that I needed to start my own rural business.

Bryn was announced the winner last week at the Gwobrau Lantra Cymru Awards, where the talents of the best environmental and land-based individuals and companies in Wales were recognized and celebrated.

Commenting on the awards, Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Cymru Wales, said:

The Lantra Cymru Awards recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of all our winners and finalists who work in the environmental and land based industries in Wales, as well as the many rewarding careers available in the industry. I know the judges were again very impressed with the quality of the nominations and I want to congratulate all of the winners and finalists.

“We are of course very grateful to have the support of a range of people and organizations who make an event like this possible, including our media partner, Telesgop. We are delighted to have worked alongside Food Skills Cymru, Future Farmers of Wales, Tyfu Cymru and the Brynle Williams Memorial Awards, all providing a platform to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in the agriculture, horticulture and food and beverage manufacturing.

“We are also grateful for the continued support of Farming Connect to help us with these awards.”

Now in their 27th year, the awards were judged by Welsh agricultural leader Mr Peter Rees, Chairman of Lantra Wales, chaired this year’s judging panel which included agricultural health and safety expert Brian Rees; Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, Founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor Solicitors and Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales.

The full list of winners and runners-up for the Gwobrau Lantra Cymru Awards 2021 is as follows:

Young College Student of the Year Award – 20 and Under

Winner: Elin Protheroe (Beulah, Llanwrtyd Wells)

Finalist: Hefin Owen (Llanrwst)

Finalist: Morgan JonesGlan Conwy

Strongly recommended: Caitlin Mann (Llangollen)

College Learner of the Year Award – Over 21

Winner: Emma Roberts (Llangollen)

Finalist: Cai Roberts (Penrhyndeudraeth)

Farming Connect Young Learner of the Year

Winner: Tomas Richards (Hay-on-Wye)

Finalist: Sarah Evans (Pentyrch, Cardiff)

Finalist: Rebecca WilliamsLlandrindod Wells

Farming Connect Lifelong Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Tracey Price (Llanidloes)

Finalist: Linda Evans (Penmaen, Swansea)

Farming Connect Progressive New Entrant

Winner: Thomas Phillips (Goodwick, Pembrokeshire)

Farming Connect Public Engagement Award

Winner: Cheryl Reeves (Bangor on Dee)

Farming Connect Animal Health and Welfare

Winner: Kim BrickellKilgetty

Finalist: Rhys Roberts (Wrexham)

Agricultural Innovator

Winner: Patrick ElliottKilgetty

Finalist: Ceredig Evans (Holyhead)

Tyfu Cymru Award

Winner: Derwen Garden Center (Welshpool)

Finalist: Vale Pick Your Own (Vale of Glamorgan)

Food Skills Cymru Large Business Category

Winner: Glanbia Cheese Ltd (Llangefni)

Finalist: Randall Parker Foods (Llanidloes)

Strongly recommended: Burton’s Cookies (Llantarnum, Cwmbran)

Food Skills Cymru SME Business Category

Winner: Radnor Hills Mineral Water Ltd (Heartsease, Knighton)

Finalist: South Caernarfon Creameries (Pwllheli)

Strongly recommended: Glamorgan Brewery (Pontyclun)

Food Skills Cymru Micro Business Category

Winner: In the Welsh Wind distillery (Tanygroes, Ceredigion)

Finalist: Bluestone Brewery (Cilgwyn, Newport)

Strongly recommended: Castell Gwyn Ltd (Rhuddlan, Denbighshire)

Future Farmers of Wales

Winner: Morgan Tudor (Llanerfyl, Powys)

Brynne Williams Memorial Award

Winner: Bryn Perry (Haverford West, Pembrokeshire)

Life Achievement Award

Winner: Dai Jones Llanilar

Farming Connect was the main sponsor and leading media production company Telesgop, was the media partner for the awards. Over the last quarter century, Lantra Cymru Wales has provided training and expert qualifications vital to the environment and land-based industries.

Winners and runners-up will be enlisted in the new Lantra Cymru Wales Ambassadors program to champion skills development within the food and drink supply chain in Wales. A combination of resources and informal outreach will be made available to all Ambassadors throughout the year.=

To find out more about the Gwobrau Lantra Cymru Awards visit www.wales.lantra.co.uk/news/lantra-cymru-awards-2021-call-entries

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