NFU Cymru elected a model new president and deputy president, who will possible be tasked with stopping for the Welsh farming enterprise at one of many essential troublesome durations in its historic previous.
Aled Jones, an eighth-generation dairy farmer who runs a pedigree herd of Holsteins alongside together with his son, Osian, near Caernarfon, north Wales, was unanimously elected as president.
Meanwhile, Vale of Glamorgan dairy farmer Abi Reader was chosen as a result of the union’s new deputy president.
The pair have been elected at a gathering of NFU Cymru’s Welsh Council in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, on Wednesday 9 February.
Mr Jones is married to Eilir and collectively they’ve 4 children, Osian, Prysor, Erwaun and Gruffudd, and 4 grandchildren.
He beforehand held various positions all through the enterprise, along with the put up of chairman of milk recording agency Cattle Information Services (CIS) for seven years, and as a trustee of Holstein UK for eight years.
“There’s never been a more important time to represent farmers in Wales, given that we’re still establishing new markets outside of the EU and that the agricultural sector here in Wales will soon have its own specific Welsh policy,” said Mr Jones.
“I’d like to see us further increase membership of NFU Cymru. I’d like farmers who are not represented by a union to see the value of joining and the strength in numbers it gives us to stand up for Welsh agriculture.”
Mr Jones pressured that farmers’ elementary perform was to supply meals, similtaneously being custodians of the panorama and the environment.
He said Covid-19 has highlighted how fragile our meals manufacturing applications are, and with a worldwide spike in energy prices and meals prices predicted to rise, the enterprise ought to ship a “healthy, safe, sustainable and affordable product” for people of all worth components.
Ms Reader, a third-generation blended farmer, farms in partnership alongside along with her dad and mother and uncle at Goldsland Farm, Wenvoe, near Cardiff, which is dwelling to 200 milking cows, 150 sheep, 90 beef cattle and 48ha of arable.
She is a co-founder of Cows on Tour, an Open Farm Sunday host and a former NFU Cymru Wales Woman Farmer of the Year.
“I’m honoured to have been voted into this important role by my farming peers,” she said. “During my term in office, my priority is to ensure the union effectively engages with the next generation of young farmers and that we work together to deliver a prosperous future for the tomorrow’s Welsh farmers.”
Both Mr Jones and Ms Reader paid tribute to outgoing NFU Cymru president John Davies for his dedication to the union and for stopping the explanation for Wales’ farmers so effectively over the course of his four-year time interval as president.
Huge because of our outgoing president @Johnpentre for his work and dedication all through his time interval in office.
— NFU Cymru 🚜 (@NFUCymru) February 9, 2022