The Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society in search of the county’s best progressive farmers

If you operate a farm in Pembrokeshire, are under 45 and can demonstrate that your farm uses the latest technological methods to promote progressive and sustainable farming, the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society encourages you to take part in the prestigious Baron de Rutzen Award.

Rutzen’s family had considerable influence in Pembrokeshire through their farming estates and various business interests for many years. The Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society warmly thanks the generosity of JH Llewellin and his family, of Kilbarth, Rudbaxton, Haverfordwest, for kindly re-presenting the Baron de Rutzen Trophy to the Society this year.

Baron John Fredrick De Rutzen was President of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society in 1936 and the Baron de Rutzen Trophy was created in his memory. The third Baron served in the Welsh Guards and died tragically, aged 36, in 1944.

Stephen James, the outgoing chairman of the Pembrokeshire County Show, launched the 2022 Baron De Rutzen Award at the Agricultural Society’s recent AGM.

He said,

We are grateful to the Llewellin family for donating this extremely important trophy to us and we want to present it this year to a local farmer who can demonstrate their farm’s use of the latest technological methods to promote progressive and sustainable agriculture. They must also show consideration for the environment and habitat sensitivity on their farm, as well as present an aesthetically pleasing example of farming in Pembrokeshire.

Entrant must be a fully active farmer in the county of Pembrokeshire and was under the age of 45 on 1 January 2022. Entries can be made either by nomination or by direct online application on the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society website . Click here to apply: Baron de Rutzen Prize | Pembrokeshire County Show | Pembs Agricultural Society (pembsshow.org)

The deadline for submitting applications and applications is Sunday, May 15, 2022 at noon.

The Pembrokeshire County Show, Wales’ largest agricultural show, is taking place over two days this year and everyone is welcome to attend the 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.

President of this year’s show, Mansel Raymond, admits that the past two years have been difficult for the Society.

He said,

We looked forward, with hope, to 2022 when we could bring back the show you all know and love. Pembrokeshire agricultural fairs have been around for over 200 years and provide local farmers and businesses with the opportunity to display livestock, goods and services. They are also important but for well-being, it is the place where we meet friends and family and discuss challenges with various experts who normally attend.

Lana T. Arthur