FUW breakfasts raise nearly £15,000 for charity

The FUW’s annual Farmhouse Breakfast week has raised more than just awareness of the great food farmers produce all year round.

During the week (21 - 27 January) over 27 breakfast functions were held across Wales, which raised nearly £15,000 for the FUW President’s charity appeal.

Glyn Roberts, FUW President, said: “Our staff, members and wonderful volunteers have done an incredible job once again this year. The money raised will go to our charitable causes - Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and The Farming Community Network - and brings the current fund up to almost £35,000!

“Farming communities are close-knit communities and this shows what can be achieved when we all come together, with a common goal. Through these events, where we all sat around the kitchen table to talk and share our thoughts about #FarmingMatters, we’ve strengthened ongoing and permanent relationships and established new ones.

“The money we have raised in our rural communities will go towards helping others in our communities - we must never forget that our communities are the engine room of people powered change and that amazing things can be achieved and will be achieved.”

 

Caernarfonshire breakfasts raise a whopping £6,800 for charity

Once again the Caernarfonshire branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales led the way and rang the wake-up bells to promote the wonderful food produced in Wales and highlighted the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast during Farmhouse Breakfast Week (January 21 – January 27).

The farmhouse breakfast events, which attracted hundrends of members and friends of the Union from across the county, were held at Ty’n Hendre, Tal-y-bont, Bangor; Cefn Cae, Rowen, Conwy; Glynllifon, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Caernarfon; Gwythrian, Aberdaron; Dylasau Uchaf, Padog, Betws y Coed; Caffi Anne, Bryncir and at Crugan Farm, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli.

FUW Caernarfonshire CEO Gwynedd Watkin said: “I look forward to our farmhouse breakfasts every year and this was yet another roaring success for everyone involved. We started the day together in a positive and healthy way and at the same time raised money for our charitable causes, Alzheimer's Society Cymru and FCN and for the Sir Conwy 2019 National Eisteddfod Chair fund.

“We’d like to thank everyone who attended and also those who supported us again this year by either cooking or donating produce which helped us raise so much money for our worthy charities.”

Over the last 9 years, the Caernarfonshire breakfasts alone have raised over £50,000 and this year’s fantastic turnout has, to date, raised another whopping £6,800 - with money still coming in.

Montgomeryshire farmhouse breakfasts raise profile of quality Welsh food

Farmers from Montgomeryshire were once again heating up the frying pans and firmly put the spotlight on the top quality Welsh food available throughout Wales.

The two breakfast, held on Monday, 21 January at Bwyty Maengwyn, Machynlleth and Friday, 25 January at Plas Du, Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, were part of the FUW’s Farmhouse breakfast week, which promotes the quality premium local produce that farmers grow for us every day of the year.

“It was about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – ranging from bacon, sausages and eggs and even Shiitake Mushrooms. We were able to promote local producers with the assistance of Gwenan Ellis from AGORA, a project providing support to new and small producers in this area.”

“We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities ,”said FUW Montgomeryshire CEO Emyr Wyn Davies.

The breakfasts raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal, a total of £380, with more donations still coming in. All the proceeds from both breakfasts will be split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

Denbigh and Flint farmers get social over breakfast

A warm welcome and mouth-watering smells awaited those who joined the Denbigh and Flint branches of the Farmers’ Union of Wales at a breakfast function, which was organised as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse breakfast week campaign (January 21 – January 27).

The event was held at Chapel Vestry in Cefn Meiriadog, St Asaph and was well attended by members and friends of the Union.

“It was about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – ranging from bacon, sausages and eggs to speciality dairy products, breads and cereals.

“We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities,” said FUW Denbigh and Flint CEO Mari Dafydd Jones.

The breakfast raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal -  a total of £500  - with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

Farmhouse breakfast week a success in Gwent

A warm welcome and mouth-watering smells greeted those who joined the Gwent breakfast functions, which have been organised as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse breakfast week campaign (January 21 – January 27).

The Gwent  events were held on Tuesday, 22 January at Trevine Farm, Treadam, Thursday, 24 January at The Beech Tree Hotel, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed (Joint with FUW Glamorgan), as well as on Friday, 25 January at Ty Oakley Farm, Hafodyrynys.   

“It was about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – ranging from bacon, sausages and eggs to speciality dairy products, breads and cereals. We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities ,” said FUW Gwent CEO Glyn Davies.

The breakfasts raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal -  a total of £830 - with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

Glamorgan farmers fill the air with glorious smells for Farmhouse breakfast week

A warm welcome and mouth-watering smells greeted those who joined the Glamorgan breakfast functions, which have been organised as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse breakfast week campaign (January 21 – January 27).

The Glamorgan events were held on Monday, 21 January at Cwm Farm Shop, Treorchy and Friday, 25 January at Town Hall, Cowbridge along with a joint event with FUW Gwent on Thursday, 24 January at The Beech Tree Hotel, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed.   

“It was about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – ranging from bacon, sausages and eggs to speciality dairy products, breads and cereals. We were able to promote local producers with the assistance of AGORA which is a new project providing support to new and small producers in this area.”

We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities ,” said FUW Glamorgan CEO Rachel Saunders.

The breakfasts raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal - a total of £600 - with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

It’s sunny side up for Carmarthen farmers and charities

A warm welcome and mouth-watering smells awaited those joining the Carmarthen branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales at breakfast functions, which were organised as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse breakfast week campaign (January 21 – January 27).

The events were held on Thursday, 24 January at Llanddeusant village hall and Friday, 25 January at Llanarthney village hall.

“It was about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales.

“We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities,” said FUW Carmarthen CEO David Waters.

The breakfasts raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal -  a total of £820 - with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

A Royal fry-up for Meirionnydd farmers and £1905 raised for charity

A team of enthusiastic young farmers, a former Royal chef and members of the Farmers’ Union of Wales helped to make this year’s FUW Meirionnydd breakfast week one to remember.

The breakfast feasts, which were held Tŷ Mawr, Carrog, Corwen; Canolfan Pennal, Machynlleth and at Bryn Uchaf, Llanymawddwy, Dinas Mawddwy, formed part of the FUW’s Wales wide Farmhouse breakfast week campaign (January 21 – January 27), aimed at promoting the great Welsh food that farmers produce every day of the year.

“It was about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – ranging from bacon, sausages and eggs to speciality dairy products, breads and cereals. And a first this year was that we had local welsh lamb on the menu at our Pennal breakfast, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

“We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities,” said FUW Meirionnydd CEO Huw Jones.

The breakfasts raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal - a total of £1905 - with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

Pembrokeshire breakfasts bring community together

The Pembrokeshire branch of the Farmers’ Union hosted two farmhouse breakfast functions as part of the Union’s Farmhouse Breakfast week (Monday 21 - Sunday 27 January 2019), which brought the local community together and gave those joining the breakfast a chance to have a chat with local Dementia advisers.

The breakfasts were held on Tuesday 22 January 2019, at Canolfan Hermon, Hermon and Friday 25 January 2019, at Crundale Hall and were joined by Heather Harrison and Maxine Ford, who work for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru covering all of Pembrokeshire offering support and information about dementia.   

“These breakfast events were about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – but it was also a great opportunity to bring the local community together.

“We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities ,” said FUW Pembrokeshire CEO Rebecca Voyle.

The breakfasts also raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal -  just under £1,200  - with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

“We were delighted that Heather and Maxine joined us for breakfast as well, which gave our members the chance to have chat about Dementia.

Warm welcome at Anglesey breakfast events, which raised fantastic amount for charity

A warm welcome and mouth-watering smells greeted those who joined the Anglesey branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales at breakfast functions, which have been organised as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse breakfast week campaign (January 21 – January 27).

The events were held on Saturday, 19 January at Caffi Siop Mechell, Llanfechell and Friday, 25 January at Anglesey Showground and were joined by over 50 members and friends of the FUW.

“It was about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – ranging from bacon, sausages and eggs to speciality dairy products, breads and cereals. We loved having everyone there and I thank all those who supported us this year either by cooking, sponsoring produce or helping us raise money for our worthy charities,” said FUW Anglesey CEO Alaw Jones.

The breakfasts raised a fantastic amount of money for the FUW President’s charity appeal -  a total of £525 - with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

FUW Brecon and Radnor AGM’s focus on changes to tax returns

Farmers in Brecon and Radnor will have the opportunity to get up to speed with the new tax rules, which come into force on 1 April 2019.

The ‘Making tax digital’ scheme will see millions of businesses and self-employed people having to file multiple tax returns each year.

In order to help those VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold, the Brecon and Radnor branches of the Farmers’ Union of Wales are including a special information session at their February AGM’s.

The FUW Radnorshire AGM will be held on Monday 4 February at the FUW Pavillion, RWAS Showground, Llanelwedd starting at 7pm. The guest speakers are Whittingham Riddell Chartered Accountants

The FUW Breconshire AGM will be held on Wednesday 6 February at Brecon RFC Clubhouse starting at 7pm. Guest speakers are W J James & Co Accountants.

Disastrous impacts of leaving EU, customs union and single market already being felt says FUW

 

Speaking at the FUW’s twentieth annual farmhouse breakfast at the Welsh Assembly, FUW President Glyn Roberts has warned that the disastrous impacts of leaving the EU, the customs union and single market on 29 March are already being felt.

Mental health remains a priority for FUW

Mental health, or poor mental health, is an issue that affects the farming community greatly and it is well known that loneliness and social isolation can lead to mental health problems.

Those working in the agricultural sector, like the FUW, will regularly come into contact with lonely people who are at risk of poor mental health and with this in mind, the Union made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in 2017 to further raise awareness of mental health problems in rural communities.

Taking that commitment a step further as an employer, Union staff have recently participated in ‘Mental Health First Aid Wales’ training, delivered by Emma Picton-Jones of the DPJ Foundation.

The two-day training course looked at various elements of mental health, symptoms and signs of someone with poor mental health and explored how to help someone with poor mental health such depression, anxiety and psychosis.

“Mental health is an issue for every workplace and workforce and I’m pleased to say that our staff now had the appropriate training, which will help them help others with poor mental health such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.

“The FUW takes its commitment to fostering good mental health serious, especially as our awareness of the risks for farmers become more visible,” said FUW Managing Director Alan Davies.

Royal chef to cook breakfast for Meirionnydd farmers

(l-r) FUW Pennal branch chairman Sion Evans
and young member Eifion Lewis
are ready to support the
FUW’s breakfast in Pennal

Former chef to Her Majesty the Queen, Huw Jones from Pennal, will be cooking up a breakfast storm at Canolfan Pennal, near Machynlleth on Thursday, 24 January, as part of the FUW's farmhouse breakfast week.

He will be joined in the kitchen by a group of enthusiastic young farmers from the local area, supporting the FUW's breakfast campaign, which promotes the quality premium local produce that farmers grow for us every day of the year.

The breakfast will start at 8.30 am and costs £10.00 per person, with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

Speaking ahead of the breakfast, FUW Meirionnydd CEO Huw Jones said: “We are very excited about this breakfast. Huw and the team are bound to be cooking up a fantastic breakfast, which we can all enjoy together whilst sharing our thoughts about the industry.”

Other breakfast feasts in county are held on Tuesday, 22 January at Tŷ Mawr, Carrog, Corwen, Friday, 25 January at Fedw Arian Uchaf, Y Bala and Saturday, 26 January at Bryn Uchaf, Llanymawddwy, Dinas Mawddwy.

To book your seat at the breakfast table please contact the team on 01341 422298.

 

FUW calls on UK Government to take back control

Following an emergency meeting of the FUW’s Chairmen and Presidential team (Wednesday, 16 January), the Union is calling on the UK Government to immediately withdraw Article 50 and take back control of the process of exiting the European Union.

FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “I spent all day in the House of Commons yesterday and discussed the urgent need to safeguard the agricultural industry with MP’s from across the political spectrum prior to the meaningful Brexit vote. I made it very clear that we can’t afford to crash out of the EU with no deal. The consequences would be devastating.

“Given the result of this vote and the dangers of a no-deal scenario, our chairmen and Presidential team felt that the only way we can take back control of the Brexit process is to withdraw Article 50 and by doing so safeguard the future of the agricultural industry not just in Wales but across the UK.

“There seems to be growing support for a second referendum across the country, which appears to be reflected in our own sector and we will be discussing this further at our next Grand Council at the end of the month.

“But given that time is running out, the FUW urges the UK Government to take immediate action.”

Carmarthenshire farmers to get update on urgent #FarmingMatters

Farmers from Carmarthenshire are invited to join the Farmers’ Union of Wales for two special meetings, which will provide an update on the most urgent farming matters, including climate change, Brexit, water quality and BVD.

Addressing the meeting at the Talardd Inn, Llanllwni on Thursday 24 January, is FUW Head of Policy Dr Nick Fenwick, and FUW Policy Officer Charlotte Priddy will address the meeting at the Cottage Inn, Llandeilo on Tuesday January 29.

Both meetings start at 7.30pm

FUW Carmarthen CEO David Waters said: “We look forward to welcoming members to our sub-branch meetings and hope many of you can make it. These meetings will provide you with an update on the most urgent matters relevant to our industry, as well as giving you the chance to ask questions.”

For further information contact the Carmarthen office on 01267 237974.

 

FUW welcomes appointment of Welsh beef and sheep farmer to NRW board

 

The appointment of Welsh beef and sheep farmer Geraint Davies to the Board of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has been welcomed by the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW).

Geraint, who farms at Fedw Arian Uchaf, Rhyduchaf, Y Bala, with his wife Rachael, is also FUW Meirionnydd County Chair and Chair of the Union’s Younger Voice for Farming Committee.

Geraint and Rachael, both believers that food production and environmental conservation go hand in hand, keep 1000 Welsh mountain ewes and a commercial herd of 40 suckler cows.

Welcoming Geraint’s appointment to the board, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “Given that 90 percent of Wales is managed by farmers, the appointment of a Welsh farmer to NRW’s board is long overdue.

Dementia advisers to join Pembrokeshire farmers for breakfasts

Dementia advisers are to join farmers for breakfast in Pembrokeshire, and are ready to chat to anyone who would like to know more about what help is on offer for those who have had a dementia diagnosis.

The breakfasts, held on Tuesday 22 January 2019, at Canolfan Hermon, Hermon, SA36 0DT and Friday 25 January 2019, at Crundale Hall, SA62 4DF, have been organised by the Pembrokeshire branch of the Farmers’ Union as part of the Union’s Farmhouse Breakfast week (Monday 21 - Sunday 27 January 2019).

Dementia Advisers Heather Harrison and Maxine Ford cover all of Pembrokeshire and offer support and information about dementia.   

Their referrals come mainly from the memory clinic, G.P.’s, other organisations and self-referrals. The information they provide is through the ‘Dementia Connect’ service, which is a combination of telephone, print and online support, as well as face to face home visits.

Both Dementia Advisers are able to discuss individual’s needs and concerns and signpost to the relevant support.

Breakfast will be served from 8.00am to 10.30am in Hermon and 8.30am to 11am in Crundale and will cost £10 per person, with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

Book your SAF 2019 appointment, FUW encourages members

 

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about Single Application Forms (SAF). The application window opens on Monday 4 March and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is reminding its members that county staff are here to help and ready to take the stress of filling the form away from you.

The FUW provides this free service exclusively to all paid-up members as part of their membership package, which has proved invaluable for thousands of members over the years - saving them time and a paperwork-headache.

FUW Managing Director Alan Davies said: “Our staff are not only well trained but very well practised in dealing with the complex application process.The SAF completion process is probably the single most important form completion exercise being carried out by Welsh farmers since 2004, and the financial repercussions of errors on the forms are severe.”

Since the Welsh Government mandated that all applications should be done online, the FUW is focused on providing the best possible service to its members.

“I encourage our members and first time form fillers to contact their local office as soon as possible to book an appointment if they need help in filling out the form,” added Alan Davies.

FUW Meirionnydd AGM to focus on ‘The future relationship between Welsh Government as administrators of farming, and farmers as practitioners’

 

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Meirionnydd branch is holding their Annual General Meeting themed ‘The future relationship between Welsh Government as administrators of farming, and farmers as practitioners’, on Friday, 25 January at the Rugby Club, Dolgellau. The event will start at 7.30pm.

Confirmed guest speakers on the night are Head of Agriculture – Sustainability and Development Division, Welsh Government Gary Haggaty, winner of the New Entrants Category of the British Farming Awards - tenant farmer from Abercegir, near Machynlleth Rhidian Glyn and RSPB Land Use Manager Arfon Williams.

Those attending the AGM can look forward to a short presentation from each of the speakers as well as a question and answer session.

“At a time of recent important announcements in the context of agricultural support for the future and the formation of agricultural policy following Brexit, this should be a thought-provoking event for anyone involved in the agricultural industry. The event is open to all and I hope many of you can join us on the night,” said FUW Meirionnydd CEO Huw Jones.

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Charity Bingo night a success

 

A Bingo night organised by the Carmarthen branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has successfully raised £450 for the FUW President’s charities - Alzheimers’ Society Cymru and The Farming Community Network.

The event was held at the Talardd Inn, Llanllwni, on Monday, 7 January and was well attended by members and friends of the Union.

David Waters, the County Executive Officer for Carmarthenshire, said: “I would like to thank you all for joining us for a fun evening of Bingo, it was a good laugh and I look forward to many more fundraising events this year for our very worthy charities.”

Carmarthen farmers to get clued up on new tax rules

 

Farmers in Carmarthenshire got up to speed with the new tax rules, which come into force on 1 April 2019. The ‘Making tax digital’ scheme will see millions of businesses and self-employed people having to file multiple tax returns each year.

So in order to help those VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold, the Carmarthen branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales organised a special information evening.

Held at Llanarthney village hall on Thursday 3 January 2019, those attending the event heard all about the scheme from Eirian Humphreys of LHP accountants and had the opportunity to ask questions.

FUW Carmarthen CEO David Waters said: “This new way of filing your taxes has the potential to be a real headache for our farmers, especially as paper returns will no longer be accepted.

“We had a really successful evening, with many members and non-members attending the information evening and getting up to speed on the new way filing their tax returns. I would like to thank Eirian Humphreys of LHP accountants for providing much needed clarity and hope members now feel better informed.”

Glamorganshire beef and sheep farmer elected as FUW Glamorgan President

 

Glamorganshire beef and sheep farmer Lorraine Howells, who took early retirement from teaching at the local comprehensive school in 1997 to devote more time to farming, has been elected as the FUW’s Glamorgan county President.

She served as the Union’s Glamorganshire county vice chairman from 1989 to 1991, county chairman from 1991 to 1995 and was elected as South Wales member of the central finance and organisation committee in 2000 before being elected vice president in June 2011.

Lorraine Howells also chaired the FUW’s central common land committee for over ten years and is current vice chairman of the central hill farming and marginal land committee.

“On behalf of our members, I would like to congratulate Lorraine on being elected as our new county President. She takes over the role from former county President John Llewellyn who sadly passed away in March 2018.

“Lorraine is known by many, not just through her work with the FUW but also through her role as President of the Welsh Black Cattle Society. Her successful and renowned butchers shop ‘Cig Mynydd Cymru’, which she set up with five fellow breeders in the Rhymney and Merthyr Valley, is testimony to her commitment to the farming industry and we look forward to continue working closely with her,” said Glamorgan CEO Rachel Saunders

FUW disappointed at Information Commissioner ruling following release of farm details by Welsh Government

 

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has expressed its disappointed at the Information Commissioner's Office ruling that ‘no further action’ is required following the accidental release of personal farm details by Welsh Government.

Both the farm name and the location of those farms selected for Welsh Government badger culling as part of the Refreshed Bovine TB Programme were accidentally released by Welsh Government in July last year following a freedom of information request.   

This information was subsequently posted on social media with calls from some anti-cull extremists to engage in behaviour which could have threatened the safety of farming families.

Dr Hazel Wright, FUW Senior Policy Officer, said: “We recognise that Welsh Government have now put procedures in place to reduce the likelihood of this mistake recurring and we hope that lessons really have been learned.  

“However, the lack of a more robust response by the Information Commissioner’s Office will do little to act as a deterrent against future bad practise.

“Welsh Government were aware that the deliberate or inadvertent release of such information was likely to result in targeting by animal rights extremists, including illegal activity and threats being made.”

Aberystwyth University student awarded FUW’s Walter Rowlands memorial award

 

Aberystwyth University student Emily Smith from Merthyr Mawr has been awarded with the FUW’s Walter Rowlands memorial award.

The award, in memory of FUW county secretary Walter G. Rowlands, who died in service in 1986, is made to an agricultural student resident in Glamorganshire after careful consideration by the Union’s county executive committee.

Not from a farming background, Emily fell in love with the rural lifestyle after moving to the countryside aged 11 and is currently in her final year of reading BSC agriculture with animal science at Aberystwyth University.  

She is actively involved in the Agriculture Society at University and has also been elected onto the committee as its secretary.

As part of her university course Emily spent 14 months on a working placement in New Zealand working on a 530 dairy cow farm and now wishes to pursue her interest in the breeding side of dairy farming.

After graduating, she would like to undertake a career with a breeding genetics company as a Reproductive Management Service Technician.

Denbighshire and Flintshire farmers ask - ‘How do you like your eggs in the morning’?

 

A warm welcome and mouth-watering smells await those joining the Denbigh and Flint branches of the Farmers’ Union of Wales at a breakfast function, which has been organised as part of the FUW’s Farmhouse breakfast week campaign (January 21 – January 27).

The event is being held at Chapel Vestry in Cefn Meiriadog, St Asaph on Friday 25 January and will start at 8 am.

“It is about showcasing the most important meal of the day in a bid to raise awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of breakfast and the huge variety of top quality farm produce available in Wales – ranging from bacon, sausages and eggs to speciality dairy products, breads and cereals. We are really looking forward to the breakfast and hope many of you can join us,” said FUW Denbigh and Flint CEO Mari Dafydd Jones.

The breakfasts cost £10 per person, with all the proceeds being split between Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Farming Community Network.

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In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

All staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, meaning our team will be continuing with exactly the same service but over the phone/email/skype or other means of remote communication instead. 

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