The Pembrokeshire County Show awards acknowledge people in Pembrokeshire, Wales, working in agriculture across a variety of categories.

Th awards coincide with Pembrokeshire County Show, which this year took place near the end of August.

This year, Mark and Caroline Davies of Little Newcastle, Haverfordwest, took home the Baron de Rutzen Award.

This award recognises Pembrokeshire farmers under 45 who can demonstrate the use of the latest techonological advancements to promote progressive and sustainable agriculture on their farm.

 Mark and Caroline Davies being presented with their award by the Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths

The Davies milk 230 pedigree Holsteins through a fully automated system. They rear their own replacements and also have a small beef enterprise.

The farm is all grassland and they follow a strict reseeding and liming policy to optimise the yield from their multi-cut silage system. The couple place significant emphasis on animal health, husbandry and breeding to maximise the efficiency of their system. 

The Student Bursary Award was awarded to Lottie Wilson from Hayscastle.

The £1,000 bursary is open annually to all qualifying students studying agriculture, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, food technology, forestry or other subjects clearly allied to agriculture.

Lottie Wilson receiving the 2023 Student Bursary Award from Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society

Lottie studies agriculture at the University of Nottingham and is a general dairy farm worker when at home. She is also a lambing hand and a calving beef-herd assistant, and was the top agriculture student at Hartpury College in 2021.

There were two recipients of the Long Service Award: Darran Davies (pictured top) from Scleddau, Fishguard and Richard Davies from Treffgarn Owen, Haverfordwest.

Long Service Award winner (one of two) Richard Davies

This award recognises farm and estate workers in Pembrokeshire who have been employed on the land for 25 years or more.

During the Pembrokeshire County Show the role of Ambassador for 2024 was also given to Ffion Edwards, a nurse from Maenclochog.

As ambassador Ffion will help support officeholders in promoting and meeting the aims of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society.

Ffion has been a member of Llysyfran Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) for 15 years.

The 2024 event is set to take place at Pembrokeshire County Showground in Haverfordwest on August 14-15.