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.

SMALLHOLDING AND COUNTRYSIDE FESTIVAL

Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys. LD2 3SY

We look forward to seeing you at next years Smallholding & Countryside Festival being held on the 21st & 22nd May 2022.

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair has been a resounding success as the first major event on the Showground in Llanelwedd since 2019. The Society and visitors have greatly missed the event and it has been brilliant to welcome everyone back this year to see some of the greatest UK prime stock and get into the festive spirit.

After what has been a challenging couple of years, we are delighted to look forward to a prosperous future and to many more events to come. Alwyn Rees, Chairman of the Winter Fair committee, said; “We have been thrilled to welcome back our loyal exhibitors, tradestands, members and visitors who have supported us over the years.”

Primarily a trade event, the Winter Fair provides a perfect opportunity to network with fellow farmers, producers, suppliers and buyers, and has become the ideal hub to discuss and do business.

As an event full of business and industry leaders, the Winter Fair is fast becoming the perfect place for stakeholders to come together. The Society is pleased that the Winter Fair has once again been able to play a role in facilitating discussions between some very influential individuals and organisations, which affect the future of Welsh agriculture and the rural economy.

One of the most prestigious titles to be won at the event each year, the supreme cattle champion, was awarded to ‘Read All About It’, a British Blue X heifer, exhibited by Tippets & Williams. Later sold by our official auctioneers, McCartneys, for an impressive £8,000 and was brought by Mr Kitson from North Yorkshire.

Elsewhere on the showground, the winner of our best overall tradestand award went to British Charolais Cattle Society Ltd.

This year saw over 400 trade stands including the Food Hall where visitors were able to sample the finest of Welsh produce. The late-night shopping evening again saw thousands of visitors indulging in some Christmas shopping and enjoying the festive atmosphere and spectacular firework display.

A remembrance garden has been created outside of the International Pavilion for any families, friends and visitors wishing to pay their respects and remember those that are no longer with us. There were rosettes for people to write a small message and lay on the tree for their loved ones. The remembrance garden has been a touching tribute at this year’s Winter Fair.

“As the Winter Fair comes to an end we can once again be proud of what has been achieved. We are delighted to be able to hold the event after what has been a challenging 18 months. It has been great to welcome everyone back to the Showground to celebrate and showcase Welsh agriculture and its produce.” says Winter Fair Director, William Hanks.

“We are indebted to the huge amount of hard work and dedication from the many volunteers, stewards, traders, sponsors and, of course, the visitors. It is as a result of the commitment from these loyal Winter Fair supporters that the event has been such a success.”

 

A summary of results:

Cattle Supreme Champion

Read all about it, British Blue X heifer, exhibited by Tippets & Williams. Sold for £8,000 to Mr Kitson of North Yorkshire.

Baby Beef Supreme Champion

Shakira, Limousin X heifer, exhibited by TW & MW Price & Morgan. Sold for £3,500 to Mr Tomlinson of Weston Underwood, Buckinghamshire

Pig Supreme Champion Single

A single Welsh pig, exhibited by Mr & Mrs HD & EM Roberts. Sold for £630 to T Hughes, Rhydeilian, Llanfairpwll.

Pig Supreme Champion Pair

A pair of Welsh pigs, exhibited by Mr & Mrs HD & EM Roberts. Sold for £630/head to T Hughes, Rhydeilian, Llanfairpwll.

Carcass Supreme Champion Single

A Beltex X carcass, exhibited by B Blandford & Sons. Sold for £2,200 to Roberts & Sons

Carcass Supreme Champion Pair

A Beltex X pair, exhibited by I T Davies & Sons. Sold for £500/head to Morgan Livestock

Overall Meat Hamper Champion
A Welsh Showcase of Meat, exhibited by Mr Adrian Walker. Sold for £210 to DG Roberts, Denbigh.

Sheep Supreme Champion

A pair of Beltex lambs, exhibited by Mr Robert West. Sold for £1,250/head to Terry Bayliss, Farmers Fresh.

Dressed Poultry

A Turkey, exhibited by Mrs E Marion Evans. Sold for £660 to Morgans Family Butchers, Builth Wells.

Welsh Horse Champion

Llanarth Consort, a Welsh pony (cob type) yearling Colt, exhibited by The Llanarth Stud from Herefordshire.

Supreme Horse Champion

Ilar Dakota, a Welsh mountain pony yearling Colt, exhibited by Sam Morsley from Milton Keynes.

Floral Art
Mrs Mary Gittoes & Mrs Susan Thomas with their interpretation of Cinderella.

 A full list of results and winners will be available on the website shortly.