Teleri Evans, a Ceredigion young farmer, has been named as winner of the Menter Moch Cymru & Wales YFC Pig Finishing Initiative 2020.
Evans, who is a member of Pontsian YFC, won the title with the result announced as part of the Virtual Winter Fair (November 30th & December 1st).
The competition is an annual joint venture between Wales YFC and Menter Moch Cymru and aims to encourage the next generation of pig keepers and to get farmers thinking about pigs as a viable diversification option.
In early September, each finalist was given five, eight-week-old Welsh weaners to rear. These were weighed every fortnight to record their growth rate and their feed intake was also recorded. The finalists entered into a bespoke training programme to help them with their venture.
Ms Evans said she was over the moon at the win: “I’ve enjoyed the experience so much. I’m extremely grateful to Menter Moch Cymru for providing the pigs, and for the support I received from them. I could just pick up the phone, and they were always there to help. I’d also like to thank my partner, Carwyn, for all his help. If anyone has any doubts, thinking that they wouldn’t be able to do this, just go for it. I’ve enjoyed the experience so much.”
Wales YFC’s Clare James, rural affairs chairman said, “We’d like to congratulate all the finalists, and especially Teleri, on a fantastic achievement in an exceptional year. And we look forward working with Menter Moch Cymru again next year to promote pig keeping as a future enterprise to our members.”