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Pembrokeshire farmer WINSWALEs' national silage contest.

THE All Wales Clamp Silage Competition has been won by Pembrokeshire farmer William Lawrence, of Pointz Castle, Penycwm, Haverfordwest.

Mr Lawrence, a member of North Pembrokeshire Grassland Society, runs a 300-cow dairy herd. He also rears 150 beef cattle each year and there is 170ha of arable and 15ha of lucerne grown on the 408ha southwest facing unit, 250ft above sea level.

Mr Lawrence's winning silage was made predominantly from intermediate and late heading ryegrasses mixtures.

The competition, run in conjunction with the RWAS and sponsored by Wynnstay, is open to all members of the 20 Welsh grassland societies. The winner from each society is entered into one of the five regional finals. The winners from those go on to the All Wales final, which is judged by a technical judge John Evans, While the quality of the silage is a key factor, the judges also visit each farm to assess clamp management and feeding practices among other efficiency markers.

This year, the silage analyses were sponsored by Agri-Lloyd on behalf of the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies (FWGS).

The other finalists were Dylan Jones of Bryn Rhydd, Edern Pwllheli, Gwynedd, a member of South Caernarfon Grassland Society; David Williams, Upper Bolbro, Abermule, a member of Powys Grassland Society; and John Hoggins, Upper Whitecastle Farm, Abergavenny, a member of Monmouth Grassland Society.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 9, 2017
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