The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Wales for over a century, since its formation in 1904.
Today our work includes providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities, and the organisation and staging of our ever-popular society events; the Smallholding and Countryside Festival, the Royal Welsh Show and the Winter Fair.
The RWAS Award for the Best Student of Agriculture at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University. Candidates must have studied Agriculture or a programme with a significant component of Agriculture to Degree, Diploma or Certificate level and should have been born and bred in Wales.
This year’s Award for Student of the Year goes to Dewi Eifion Davies of Penlan, Llanrhystud, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.
Dewi is a sheep farmer’s son from Llanrhystud, the family farming land near Llanrhystud and Penrhyncoch. The family are also involved in agricultural contracting, most notably big bale silage making.
Dr Iwan Owen of IBERS commented: “Dewi was an exceptional student throughout his 3 years of undergraduate study, demonstrating enthusiasm, commitment and outstanding ability whilst achieving an excellent Class I degree.
Dewi is an active member of Llanddeiniol YFC, taking part in activities ranging from stock judging to performing on stage. He is Vice Chairman of Ceredigion YFC’s Rural Affairs Committee and a member of the All Wales Committee.
In addition to his academic work and helping out both on the family farm and in the contracting business, Dewi has also worked part time for CCF for the last two years and has recently accepted a full time permanent post with CCF.
Aberystwyth University congratulates Dewi on his achievement and wishes him well for the future.”
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society proudly support this Award which recognises the outstanding potential of the next generation.