Rural Affairs Conference 2018


WALES YFC MEMBERS EMBRACING CHANGE TO ADAPT TO NEW MARKET TRENDS

Key themes in regards to market trends and new agriculture adaptations were acknowledged in this year’s conference, offering an opportunity for young farmers to increase efficiency in their agricultural enterprises.

A warm welcome was given to Wales YFC members, representatives from partner organisations and the organisation’s corporate sponsors to the fourth Rural Affairs Conference organised by Wales YFC and CCF (Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers). Six inspirational speakers attended the day which inspired members to become innovators of change within the agriculture industry at this year’s Marketing themed conference – held at the Royal Welsh Showground on Saturday 13th January.

The line-up featured a host of some of the UK’s inspiring farmers, award winners, mentors and market researchers including; Rob Cumine, a Business Partner within Natural Wagyu; Michael Smith, Pelcomb Farm; Matt and Pip Smith, 2017 Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year; Gareth Jones, Rhug Estate Farm Manager; Mark Grant, Associate Director, Levercliff and Susie Stannard, Senior Consumer Insight Analyst from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

Siaradwyr y BoreMorning Speakers. From left to right: Dafydd Jones, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman; Rob Cumine, Wagyu Beef Business Partner; Matt and Pip Smith, 2017 Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year; Michael Smith, Pelcomb Farm, Pembrokeshire; Jonathan Saer, Conference Chairman, CCF.


Siaradwyr y PnawnAfternoon Speakers. From left to right: Dafydd Jones, Rural Affairs Chairman; Mark Grant, Associate Director, Levercliff; Susie Stannard, Senior Consumer Insight Analyst, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Gareth Jones, Rhug Estate Farm Manager; Jonathan Saer, Conference Chairman, CCF.


Dafydd Jones, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman said; “Another successful conference for Wales YFC! The theme marketing was very timely following growing concerns in regards to Brexit. It was great to hear some of the good and bad times that some of the industry’s leading farmers had faced, along with some of the latest trends that we have to adapt to. After adopting a more market based agriculture production system the farmers were able to increase efficiency whilst increasing their profits. Members gave very positive feedback for this year’s conference which only encouraged them to become innovators of change within the industry.

In particular I would like to thank CCF for sponsoring the Conference, their support towards the next generation of food producers is highly valued within our membership.”



The date for the 2019 conference will be announced due in course.