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Rumenco Beef & Sheep Award Goes To Jonathan & Rhys

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(Image: Rumenco Beef & Sheep Award presented by Dr Alison Bond to Jonathan Williams and Rhys Roberts)

Rumenco Beef & Sheep Award awarded to the best beef assignment.  Module : Sustainable Animal Production Systems.

Dr Alison Bond, Commercial Nutritionist, Rumenco presented the award to joint winners, Rhys Roberts and Jonathan Williams for their collaborative work on the BSc IV assignment; ‘Beef suckler herd enterprise appraisal of Holdgate Hall at Much Wenlock’ for the Sustainable Animal Production Systems module.


Rhys, 22, comes from a family farm at Tywyn, Meirionnydd where they run a suckler herd of Limousin cross cows put to a Charolais bull with calves sold as stores. They also run a flock of 550 breeding ewes which consist of Welsh mules, Texel crosses and Welsh Mountain sheep. Rhys intends to return to the home farm following graduation as well as hopefully having a part time agricultural related job away from the farm.


Jon, 22, comes from a family beef and sheep farm in Llangollen. The farm is a lowland beef and sheep farm, of around 300 acres which carries a herd of 45 Limousin cross suckler cows put to a Charolais bull. The system is extensive, with finishing the calves at 22 months old. The farm also has a sheep enterprise consisting of 400 Lleyn ewes that are put to Beltex rams. Jon’s career intentions are running the family farm alongside his parents whilst also sharing his passion for the beef industry with a career in a consultancy/nutrition role.