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 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is very proud to continue supporting the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust, an organisation that awards individuals with life changing opportunities, with a view to developing agricultural sector leaders and innovators of the future.
All Nuffield Scholars work within the farming, food, horticulture or rural sectors and during their 18-month long studies will undertake their research project in their area of interest. They will receive a bursary to encourage them to travel for at least eight weeks, allowing them the opportunity to study practices used abroad and at home.
The society is delighted to sponsor the 2022 Royal Welsh Scholar, Ms Miranda Timmerman from Abergavenny, whose chosen topic is ‘‘Investigating sustainable methods to improve gastrointestinal parasite management – reducing anthelmintic resistance in the UK sheep flock’. Jointly sponsored by RWAS, Worshipful Company of Farmers with Savills & Young Nuffield Award.
Miranda is a veterinary surgeon working with sheep, dairy and beef farms in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. She takes particular interest in sustainable alternatives to parasite management and has employed techniques that do not require insecticides. For her scholarship, Miranda wants to investigate sustainable methods of reducing anthelmintic resistance, an increasing problem in the UK sheep flock. She aims to use her learnings to provide sheep farmers, vets and the wider industry a practical, forward-thinking approach to parasite management that is beneficial for all.
“The society is committed to encouraging and supporting education and research within the agriculture and land-based industries in Wales. Our continued investment in young people is a key part of our future society.” says Steve Hughson, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Chief Executive.
“Providing the bursary and opportunity for an individual to become a Nuffield Farming Scholar ensures that our rural industries and individuals continue to improve and benefit from their research and learning.”
“We wish Miranda and all the other scholars the best of luck with their studies and look forward to receiving the reports when they are published.”