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AgriTrader News

New for 2023 is the launch of our AgriTrader News section, bringing you news stories and features on farmers and dealers. We will be adding more stories every month. To make sure you don’t miss anything, subscribe to our newsletter below. 

Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: The End of the Academic Year

At the start of the month, Harper students had the opportunity to visit Pickstock Telford Ltd, a family run beef processing facility in Shropshire. They received a very warm welcome, and would like to thank the team for the experience!

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Feature

AGRI TRADER: Through The Ages

With some big changes coming in the next few months at AgriTrader HQ, and a new style magazine for our original West Wales edition, we’re looking back at how things have changed over the years.

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Farm Life

FARM LIFE: The Future of Farming?

With all the talk of Artificial Intelligence recently, we’ve gone straight to the source and asked ChatGPT some hard hitting questions about how it can help humankind, or if it has plans for world domination!

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Country & Agricultural Shows

RWAS: Sustainable Grass and Muck Event

The Royal Welsh Grassland and Muck event is right around the corner. We’ve been to Trawsgoed Farm to find out more about the site, and give you a sneak peek at some of the machinery that will be on display there!

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Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Caroline Lewis

We’re excited to bring you another update on our CoedAgri tree planting scheme. Read on to find out how you can claim up to 25 trees totally free of charge.

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Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: Mynor Beech

All Harper Adams students spend a year on work placement during their studies, to gain more real world experience in the agricultural industry. This month we hear from 3rd year student Mynor Beech about his placement with Dale Farming Ltd.

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Dealer Spotlight

DEALER SPOTLIGHT: Farmtec

Neil Bartholomew of Farmtec is our dealer in the spotlight this month. With over 30 years of experience in the design and supply of livestock housing and handling equipment – Neil shares memorable moments from the business, his time as a football player, talent scout, and more!

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Dealer Spotlight

DEALER SPOTLIGHT: Tallis Amos Group

The Tallis Amos Group (TAG) is one of the largest and most widely respected John Deere dealerships in the UK. With roots that can be traced back to the late 1800s, farming is our heritage.

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Nerys Parry standing next to a Llaeth y Llan dairy display
Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: Nerys Parry

My name is Nerys Parry and I am currently in my second year at Harper Adams University studying Bsc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business. I come from a beef and sheep farm in Monmouthshire, South-East Wales, where I live with my parents, two brothers and sister.

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Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Caws Teifi Cheese

Caws Teifi Cheese is a family run artisan cheesemaking business located at Glynhynod, Bwlchygroes near Llandysul. Glynhynod or “Remarkable valley” is a 45-acre farm at the head of the Chwerchyr valley, which joins the river Teifi at Henllan.

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Dealer Spotlight

DEALER SPOTLIGHT: Riverlea

Riverlea is a large independent agricultural & construction machinery dealer, including horticultural equipment and fabrication services. Suppliers of leading brands such as CLAAS, CASE, MANITOU, AMAZONE, MCCONNEL, SMYTH, K TWO, IFOR WILLIAMS and many more.

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Farm Life

FARM LIFE: The Evans Family

One of the most productive farms in Ceredigion has to be Henbant, Talgarreg run by the Evans family. The farm has been in the Evans family for 100 years, currently run by Emyr and Edwina along with their son Eilir. After returning from 7 months farming in New Zealand some 20 years ago, Eilir shifted the farm’s focus to milk production on grazed grass.

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A young girl stands in the snow and smiles with four lambs in her arms
Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: Lliwen Williams

This month we talk to Lliwen Williams, Harper Adams student and Social Media Exec for the Harper Cymru society, about her background in farming, life at Harper, and her plans for the future.

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Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Richard Hart

We are proud to announce that our CoedAgri tree planting scheme has sent out over 1,100 trees to our wonderful readers in 2023, and we aim to top that this this year!

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Sian Teleri
Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: Siân Teleri Jones 

Siân Teleri Jones, a Harper Adams Agri-Business student and North Wales contractor, details her enriching New Zealand agricultural experience and her advocacy for women in farming on ‘Grassmen’.

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Erin McNaught
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Erin McNaught

This month we had the pleasure of interviewing Erin McNaught, some of you may know her from popular social media sites as ‘Erin Pandy Farm’.

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Coed Agri Vincenza Deramo
Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Vincenza Deramo

The CoedAgri scheme has going from strength to strength with over 1,100 trees sent out to our wonderful readers so far this year!

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Cheshire Farm Machinery
Dealer Spotlight

DEALER SPOTLIGHT: Cheshire Farm Machinery

Cheshire Farm Machinery, founded in 2011, specialises in selling and servicing agricultural machinery. Renowned for excellent customer service, they provide customised, high-quality solutions for farmers’ diverse needs.

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Feature

The DPJ Foundation

The DPJ Foundation was set up in July 2016 following the tragic passing of Daniel Picton-Jones, to support people in the agricultural industry suffering from poor mental health.

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Harper Adams Freshers
Harper Adams

HARPER CYMRU: Start of the Academic Year

After a few weeks off during the summer, all students have returned to Harper Adams University. Some are starting on their first year, some on their second year, and some on their fourth year. At the start of the month all 2nd and 4th year Harper Cymru members came together to socialise at the local pub.

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T Alun Jones
Dealer Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: T Alun Jones & Son

T Alun Jones & Son, certified New Holland Agricultural dealers in Dryslwyn, Carmarthenshire, have supported local farmers across South, West, and Mid Wales for 60+ years.

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Tom and Phill Cowcher
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: The Cowcher Family

Penrhiw Farm celebrates 45 years of sustainable farming! With Tom & Eva at the helm, and Phil introducing “Regenerative Farming”, they’re making a significant environmental impact.

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Arwels Agri Team
Dealer Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Arwel’s Agri Services

With a journey spanning 14 years, Arwel’s Agri Services, under the leadership of Arwel and Georgina Cornock-Evans, has now proudly taken on the Krone and Fendt dealerships.

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Coed Agri Trees Planted
Coed Agri

COED AGRI: The Year So Far

It’s been an exciting year so far with our CoedAgri scheme. With over 650 trees sent out to our readers and the tree planting season fast approaching, we look back at some of the successful applicants this year!

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Hanna Lewis
Feature

Introducing Hanna ‘Eiddon’ Lewis

Here at AgriTrader, we want to hear perspectives from all different walks of life in the farming world. We’re excited to welcome a fresh face to our writing team, Hanna Lewis. This month she introduces herself and tells us about her background within the farming industry.

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Harper Cymru RWAS Awards
Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: Harper Cymru at RWAS

The summer weather may have hindered many of the society members’ summer work efforts, it hasn’t stopped a few of them succeeding in other aspects within the agricultural sector. With the show season in full swing and an abundance of hangovers, I spoke to two of the members who collected awards at this years Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.

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Farm Life Gerald Lewis
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Gerald Lewis

This month we meet Gerald Lewis, a hill farmer in the Llangadog area of Carmarthenshire, who is also a well-known face in the world of sheepdog trials.

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SJ Construction
Feature

SPOTLIGHT: SJ Construction & A1 Concrete

This month we are in Carmarthenshire finding out about not one, but two businesses – SJ Construction (Gwili) and A1 Concrete Products (Cymru) Ltd – both run by Sion James and his family.

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Bernie Dutton Gareth Wyn Jones
Country & Agricultural Shows

Royal Welsh Show Roundup 2023

The Royal Welsh Show has been in full swing and was off to a sunny start on the weekend! Even though the weather didn’t hold out for the duration it didn’t dampen our spirits!

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Harper Adams Gwyn Davies
Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: Gwyn Davies

With the Harper Adams students away from the University campus for the summer we thought it was a perfect time to discover more about the work placements some complete as part of their studies. Here we find out about Gwyn Davies and his placement with Boarcross in Yorkshire.

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Coed Agri Jayne James
Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Jayne James

Our CoedAgri scheme has been coming on in leaps and bounds with over 650 trees sent out to our readers so far this year! Here’s a photo from another of our successful applicants – Jayne James of Pitch Farm, Hereford who received 50 trees to create a new boundary hedge along the side of her cherry orchard!

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Hickin Family 1
Country & Agricultural Shows

Show Time

The 2023 show season is well and truly underway so here are a few photos of our readers and followers attending shows this season.

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Royal Welsh Show Aerial
Country & Agricultural Shows

SPOTLIGHT: Royal Welsh Show

The time is fast approaching – only a few weeks before we all descend on Builth Wells again. We spoke to a few of our advertisers who’ll be waiting to greet you on their stands…

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Llyr and son
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Llyr Jones

This month we meet Llyr Jones who farms Blaencwmerwydd near Llandysul with his parents, as well as being a familiar face and voice as an auctioneer in local livestock marts.

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Coed Argi Geraint John
Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Geraint John

Our CoedAgri tree planting scheme has been running full steam ahead this year, with over 600 trees sent out to our readers already! This month we hear from another one of our successful applicants – Geraint John from Pembrokeshire.

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Pembrokeshire a coastal treasure
Fun Facts

FUN FACTS: Pembrokeshire

Since Pembrokeshire features heavily in this month’s newsletter, we thought we’d gather A few Fun* Pembrokeshire Facts** for you…

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Harper Cymru BBQ
Harper Adams

HARPER ADAMS: Laura Burgoyne

Us students have arrived back at Harper Adams into our final term of this academic year. This is sometimes the scariest time of year for many students as many of us, like myself, are sitting exams at the end of this month.

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Adam Cross & Jaxon
Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Adam Cross

Our goal with the CoedAgri scheme is to offset the paper we use in printing the 25,000 copies of AgriTrader we send out each month.

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Brian Llewelyn Yard Today
Dealer Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Brian Llewelyn

This month, we are in the small village of Eglwyswrw, north Pembrokeshire, meeting Sian from our advertiser, Brian Llewelyn a’i Ferched, a landmark petrol station and country stores at the foot of the Preseli Mountains.

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Emma Williams with newborn lamb
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas farms at Tycoch, Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire, alongside her father and other family members. As well as the farm she runs her own floristry business, Sheep Shed.

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Emyr Evans Tractor Display
Dealer Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Emyr Evans

This month we head to north Wales to discover more about Emyr Evans a’i Gwmni which has depots in both Gaerwen, Anglesey and Denbigh, Vale of Clwyd. Gwynedd Evans, Company Director & Gaerwen Branch Manager answers our questions.

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Pictured is David with the family in the 1990s – from left, David, Joseph, Rebecca, Cath with the youngest, Alys
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: David Brooke

David Brooke writes about his life in agriculture, from Herefordshire to west Wales. We also hear about his work with mental health charities after his own family’s tragic loss.

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Jay Turrell
Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Jay Turrell

If you have an area of land that would benefit from planting native trees, the CoedAgri scheme could be just the thing for you.

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Rhidian Glyn and Family
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Rhidian Glyn

I like this time of year – the work of the winter starts to lessen as the heifers go out to grass. I use a rotational grazing system and they are moved to a fresh bit of grass every day.

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Coed Agri Application Are Open
Coed Agri

COED AGRI: Applications are open

Did you know that it takes 95 trees to create the 25,000 monthly copies of AgriTrader magazine that are distributed across homes and businesses in Wales and the Border Counties?

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Harper Cymru Six Nations
Harper Adams

HARPER CYMRU: February Update

“With most members living in a rural community, it is important that we get together to ensure everyone feels at home while being at university.”

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Spotlight Agripro
Dealer Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Agripro

“The larger machines, coupled with the increased use of GPS and precision instruments, allow farmers to work a lot more efficiently in a time where labour can be scarce and expensive.”

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Farm Life: Llŷr ‘Derwydd’ Jones
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Llŷr ‘Derwydd’ Jones

“These days, I’m less of a farmer, more of a manager. By now we produce lamb and beef, free-range eggs for Tesco, along with rapeseed oil for our own joint-venture (with other farming friends), Blodyn Aur.”

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Harper Cymru members at the Winter Fair
Harper Adams

Harper Cymru

Over the coming months we’ll hear about life at Harper Adams University from some of the Welsh students studying there – some news about their studies and their socialising!

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The Agri Trader logo drawn in the sand
Feature

Sand Drawing at Mwnt

So just before Christmas, we headed to Mwnt, a secluded, sandy beach north of Cardigan…it was ‘brisk’ (remember that icy spell? Yes, it was then), but it was empty, and perfect for etching the Agri Trader logo in the sand.

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Carwyn Farnden from Tegryn planting 10 native trees.
Coed Agri

Coed Agri

Under our new CoedAgri scheme, Agri Trader now aims to offer 100 native trees each month to farmers, smallholders and other landowners who have an unproductive or unused area that could benefit from tree planting.

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Edwards Machinery at Brackla
Dealer Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT: Edwards Machinery

Selling a machine that makes a transformational change to a customer’s business always makes me happy, especially when the customer takes the time to call back and thank you for your help.

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Meinir and Gary Howells with their children
Farm Life

FARM LIFE: Meinir & Gary Howells

Meinir Howells is a familiar face for those in the farming industry in Wales. Together with husband Gary and their children Sioned and Dafydd, they run Shadog, a beef and sheep farm near Llandysul.

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