Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society elects new president

Mansel Raymond, whose family farm is 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 on Wednesday March 30, 2022.

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 as 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, Mansel 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 the farmers of all ages and from all types of farming sectors to see the value of joining us and being involved in the 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 is the Honorary Treasurer and John Evans has been re-elected as one of the Exhibition’s Honorary Governors.

Stephen James, the outgoing President of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the army of volunteers and board members who have kept the Agricultural Society running for the past two years of Covid-19 restrictions and said he was delighted to see the Society coming back stronger after the dark days of having to furlough staff.

The Pembrokeshire County Show, Wales’ largest agricultural show, takes place over two days on 17 and 18 August this year. Everyone is invited to attend this year’s event which is 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