Who will win the title of NFU Cymru / Principality Building Society Wales Woman Farmer of the Year and the £500 prize money? This is the question on everyone’s lips as the closing date for entries is creeping closer.
Wales Woman Farmer winner, Cheryl Thomas_275_412Rural women are being urged to enter the NFU Cymru / Principality Building Society Wales Woman Farmer of the Year 2014/15 competition, which - now in its 18th year - has helped to celebrate the contribution of women in what is still a very male-dominated industry.
The reality today is that many farms are run in partnership, and the ‘farmer’ is not always a man. Women are not only running farms, but also in today’s tough financial climate, often running a separate business to bolster the family income, while juggling childcare and family life.
Previous winners have raised the profile of women in agriculture and used their success to reach out and encourage other women.
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John Davies, NFU Cymru Deputy President said, “Women in farming are still very much the hidden heroines of the industry. Very few want to claim the limelight, preferring instead to contribute behind the scenes. Many children have been raised on farms sitting on pushchairs watching mum pull calves or milk cows or drive the tractor. This competition is for ordinary women, who perhaps don’t realise that what they are doing is extraordinary.”
Julie Ann Haines, Customer Director from the Principality Building Society, the competition’s sponsor, said, “Every year more and more women take the step to start their own business and no matter what the industry, it is important to recognise the exceptional work they are doing. Women make a tremendous contribution to farming and by shining a spotlight in their direction, we can champion them as role models, encouraging more women to enter into this field and challenge the notion that the farming industry is a man’s world.
“It never fails to amaze me how women involved in farming manage to accomplish so much. If not farmers in their own right, many have set up alternative enterprises as farm incomes have fallen. Their contribution, determination and motivation is inspiring,” she said.
The winner of the NFU Cymru /Principality Building Society Wales Woman Farmer of the Year 2014/15 competition will receive £500 and the two runners up £100. The closing date is Monday, 16 June 2014.
If you are interested in entering or nominating someone for the competition, please contact NFU Cymru in Builth Wells for an application form. Telephone: 01982 554200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or download a copy from the website:
To celebrate the award coming of age NFU Cymru is inviting all previous winners to attend an 18th birthday party which will be held on the Thursday of this year’s Royal Welsh Show to coincide with the announcement of this year’s Award winner.