Mansel Raymond takes the reins of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society

Prominent farmer and businessman Mansel Raymond, whose family farm in Letterston, has been unanimously elected to become the new president of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society for the coming year.

Brian Jones, the founder of Castell Howell, was also elected president-elect.

Both were elected at the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society’s Annual General Meeting held at the Pembrokeshire Showground.

Mansel Raymond’s agricultural activities are centered on a family partnership, with his twin brother, their wives and their sons.

Mansel held various senior positions in the agricultural industry for many years, including President of Copa Cogeca; European Milk Chairman as well as Chairman of the NFU Milk Council and Pembrokeshire County Chairman for NFU Cymru.

Speaking about his aspirations for his term as President, Mr Raymond said: “What I would like to see during my tenure is a further increase in the membership of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society. I would like as farmers of all ages and from all agricultural sectors to see the value of joining us and getting involved in society.

“Covid-19 has highlighted how fragile the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society is and how we may have all taken it for granted in previous years. We are determined to come back stronger after these last two difficult years and we hope that our members and supporters will help us to do so.

Incumbents elected at the 2022 AGM include: Ms. Carys Phillips voted as Ambassador; Mrs. Nicola Owen as Honorary Treasurer and John Evans was re-elected as one of the Salon’s Honorary Governors.

Stephen James, the outgoing chairman of PAS, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the army of volunteers and board members who have kept the company running during the past two years of Covid restrictions -19 and said he was delighted to see the company come back stronger. after the dark days of having to lay off staff.

The Pembrokeshire County Show, Wales’ largest county agricultural show, takes place this year, over two days on August 17 and 18, in a celebration of rural life in the county.

The last full-scale show was in 2019, followed by a virtual event in 2020 and a scaled-down version in 2021 for animals and members only.

Lana T. Arthur