Brian Walters farms a 500 acre holding, together with his wife Ann and 2 sons, Aled and Seimon. They have a dairy herd of 200 cows – some of which are pedigree Ayrshires – with 200 followers and 40 beef cattle. They also run a self-catering farmhouse holiday unit, and take pride in educating the occupants on the problems and joys of farming.
Mr Walters, a passionate and committed supporter of the FUW, has been a member since he started farming. He was County Vice-Chairman from 1995 until 1997, when he became County Chairman, a position he held for two years. He is a past Chairman of both the Carmarthen Branch Milk Committee, of which he became Chairman in 1995, and the Union=s central Milk and Dairy Produce Committee, of which he was Chairman from 1996 to 2000. He is currently a Vice-President of the FUW, having held this position since 2000.
Mr Walters was a District Representative on Milk Marque=s South Wales Board, and then Area Representative on the Board of First Milk until 2002. He has represented the Union on the Council of the Wales Federation of YFCs and the Organic Steering Group He has given evidence on TB in cattle to the Agriculture Committee of the House of Commons and, more recently, to the Environment, Planning and Countryside Committee of the National Assembly for Wales.
Brian has been fully involved in the local community for many years. He is a deacon of his local chapel – Elim, Ffynnonddrain. He is a past Chairman of St Peter=s YFC Club, and also a past County Chairman of the YFC in Carmarthen and past Chairman of Wales YFC’s Finance & Organisation Committee. He felt fortunate to be able to travel both to Canada and Spain on behalf of the YFC and was asked to act as leader on a YFC trip to Sweden. He is past Chairman of the South Wales Ayrshire Club.
Over the last 19 years 15 students have had work experience on the farm from Gelli Aur Agricultural College.
He has acted in a local drama group for twenty years. He also compères local concerts and is an after-dinner speaker. During the past year, he has given many television and radio interviews in Welsh and English on various topics for Radio Cymru, Radio Wales, and Radio 5 Live, as well as participating in ‘Farming Today’ on Radio 4 and Jeremy Vine’s programme on Radio 2, as well as many other local radio stations.