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claCLA CYMRU warns that only landowners or tenants will be able to claim Basic Payment payments under the new payment scheme With the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) coming into effect from next month, (1 Jan 2015) land owners, managers and farmers need to check their agreements. “Under the new rules, only owner occupied land farmed in hand, land held under an Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) agreement or a Farm Business Tenancies (FBT), will qualify for a BPS claim from 1 January 2015,” says Chartered surveyor for CLA Cymru Charles de Winton.

“The new rules do not allow a grazier who is taking a crop of grass currently covered by a Grazing Licence or Profit of Pasturage to make a claim for the new entitlements,” he says, adding that under these changes the Welsh Government has provided clarity on which party may qualify for payments from the new scheme. “Members with existing arrangements where graziers currently claim payment- known as the Single Payment Scheme (SPS)- by way of a licence or Profit of Pasturage agreement will no longer be able to do so.”

“From January 1 2015 graziers must have an FBT in order to claim,” says Mr de Winton, who explains that this will give the grazier tenancy status and exclusive occupation of the land which will supersede all existing grazing or profit of pasturage agreements,” he adds. But he warns that there may be Inheritance Tax implications on the landowner where reliance has been placed on grazing licences by the landowner. “Not all cases are the same so advice is strongly recommended if the landowner is in any doubt,” adds Mr de Winton. “We urge members to talk with their graziers/tenants about moving to an FBT as soon as possible to secure current payments which could be threatened.”

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Meet the winners of Pembrokeshire County Show 2023



THE PEMBROKESHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY has said that it would like to thank all those who supported this year’s event with competitor numbers up on the previous year as well as a significant increase in the number of trade stands and ticket sales.

The Society has praised the hard work of the huge army of volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors, without whom it would not have been possible to hold the Show.

Brian Jones, Pembrokeshire County Show President, said, “Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Show. We were certainly blessed with two days of glorious weather which I’ve no doubt helped in bringing the crowds to the showground. All the rain we had had prior to the show certainly made parking a challenge on day one but we must thank everyone for their patience as we found alternative solutions. Planning now begins for the 2024 event!”

Award winners at this year’s Pembrokeshire County Show included:

Baron de Rutzen Award Those under the age of 45 who farm in Pembrokeshire and could demonstrate their farm’s use of the latest technological methods to promote progressive, sustainable agriculture were encouraged to enter the prestigious Baron de Rutzen Award. The winners were Mark and Caroline Davies of Little Newcastle, Haverfordwest. They milk 230 pedigree Holsteins through a fully automated system. They rear their own replacements and also have a small beef enterprise. The farm is all grassland and they follow a strict reseeding and liming policy to optimise the yield from their multi-cut silage system. The couple place significant emphasis on animal health, husbandry and breeding to maximise the efficiency of their system.

Student Bursary Award was awarded to Lottie Wilson from Hayscastle. The £1,000 bursary is open annually to all qualifying students studying agriculture, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, food technology, forestry or other subjects clearly allied to agriculture. Lottie is currently studying agriculture at the University of Nottingham. When she’s at home she is a general dairy farm worker as well as a lambing hand and a calving beef herd assistant. In 2021 she was the top agriculture student at Hartpury College.

Ambassador for 2024 to help support officeholders in promoting and meeting the aims of the Society. During the show, the role was awarded to Ffion Edwards, a nurse, from Maenclochog. She has enjoyed many many years of attending the county show and believes that there are so many good elements to it. Ffion has been a member of Llysyfran YFC for 15 years and enjoys every aspect of young farmers – trying new experiences, competing and travelling to name a few.

Long Service Award – Farm and estate workers from Pembrokeshire, who have been employed on the land for 25 years or more, could be nominated for this Award. There were two recipients for the inscribed Awards: Darran Davies from Scleddau, Fishguard and Richard Davies from Treffgarn Owen, Haverfordwest.

The next event to be held on the Showground will be the Christmas Fair which takes place on Sunday, 10 December between 10am and 4pm. There will be gift and craft stalls, food and drink, festive music and a Santa’s Grotto. Admission is Free.

The date has been set for Wales’ largest county agricultural show, Pembrokeshire County Show in 2024. The event will take place on 14 and 15 August at Pembrokeshire County Showground in Haverfordwest.

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Director for Rural Affairs visits Welsh project farm



AS THE BRO CORS CARON SMS project comes to an end, we were fortunate to have a visit to Cruglas Farm from the Welsh Government’s Director for Rural Affairs, Gian Marco Currado. Responsible for the team devising the Sustainable Farming Scheme (or SFS, the future Welsh agri-environment scheme due in 2025), Mr Currado had visited the project area to learn more about the work of Terry Mills at Cruglas Farm and of the wider Bro Cors Caron Farmer Cluster; the research of the GWCT relating to sustainable land management; and to hear from the Welsh farmers involved with the project.

The day started with a tour around Cruglas Farm, a beef and sheep farm owned by Terry Mills who has spent 30 years creating a haven for wildlife. The habitat creation includes the establishment of extensive hedgerows and wooded areas across the farm, with 42 different tree species.

A key element of the future SFS is tree planting, which has resulted in numerous discussions surrounding how tree planting could be implemented through the scheme to ensure that tree cover increases in Wales, but without impeding food productivity and the profitability of Welsh farms. GWCT Wales have, along with most farmers in Wales, expressed reservations about a blanket approach and highlighted several measures that could be adopted to ensure a more proportionate approach and potentially increase the scheme uptake amongst the farming community. GWCT would like at least some hedges be included in the tree planting quota and with GWCT’s recently developed hedgerow carbon code we can measure the carbon stored within each hedgerow. We would like to see trees planted in the right place, so they don’t remove productive land from food production; don’t disadvantage nature while meeting the desired outcome of continuous suitable woodland. GWCT would also like to see the multiple benefits of hedgerows for wildlife and livestock farming, including biosecurity, and their ability to store carbon.

In addition to habitat creation, management practices traditionally related to game management that Terry uses were discussed. Terry Mills carries out predation management and overwinter supplementary feeding on Cruglas, and these practices have now been implemented on a wider scale across the Bro Cors Caron Farmer Cluster within the SMS scheme. We were able to explain these measures on the tour around Cruglas, highlighting the research conducted by the GWCT at the Allerton Project showing the importance of these management practices for threatened farmland species and their potential for inclusion in the new SFS.

Farmers in the Bro Cors Caron Farmer Cluster discussed sustainable land management, where profitable food production, functioning ecosystem services and thriving local wildlife can all co-exist, alongside strong rural communities and a resilient Welsh language. The achievement of these goals requires cooperation and trust between Welsh Government and farmers and a flexible and adaptable agri-environment scheme which values and takes into account the knowledge of Working Conservationists on the ground.

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Pembrokeshire Creamery unveils advanced milk processing plant will open in 2024



IN A SIGNIFICANT boost for Welsh agriculture, Pembrokeshire Creamery has announced the inauguration of its cutting-edge liquid milk processing unit in Haverfordwest, set to commence operations in early 2024.

Located at Withybush, the facility will initially handle the bottling of 60 million litres of milk over its first 12 to 18 months. Upon reaching its full stride, it promises a staggering capacity of 120 million litres annually. This strategic move positions UK supermarkets to delight their Welsh patrons with locally sourced and processed milk, bypassing the current practise of transporting it to England for processing.

The localised processing model not only trims down the food miles but also enhances the supply chain’s efficacy. The Haverfordwest establishment is projected to generate approximately 60 new employment opportunities in its inaugural phase. Additionally, it fortifies the roles in related sectors and supply chains, injecting vibrancy into the local farming landscape and uplifting the rural community.

Pembrokeshire Creamery’s leadership, helmed by Managing Director Mark McQuade, will grace Stand A25 at the Pembrokeshire County Show. McQuade commented on the venture, “The overwhelming interest from both supermarkets and wholesalers underscores the enthusiasm for Welsh milk bottled right here. Our participation in the show is poised to serve as a nexus for dairy farmers, customers, and suppliers, laying the groundwork for symbiotic business ties and fuelling the Welsh agricultural and rural economy.”

He passionately added, “Our vision is clear – for every drop of Welsh milk sold in Wales to be home-grown and home-bottled.”

Dairy farmers keen on collaborating or gaining insights into this ambitious project can reach out via

Pembrokeshire Creamery’s evolution has been bolstered by the Welsh Government, the EU RDP-backed Food Business Investment Scheme, and additional financial support from HSBC.

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