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10:35am Wednesday 15th May 2013
11:02am Friday 26th April 2013
Next month’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival will be the culmination of weeks of careful preparation by poultry breeders from across Wales and elsewhere who will be competing at the Poultry Club of Wales Show to be staged during the event on the showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.
11:37am Thursday 18th April 2013
Freestyle Motorcross (FMX), a variation of the style of Motorcross in which motorcycle riders take their machine through high-speed airborne jumps of multiple lengths and angles, will be on the programme of entertainment for visitors to the Royal Welsh Spring Festival next month.
12:23pm Friday 12th April 2013
Bees are a vital link in the food chain. They pollinate our crops and wild flowers, so enhancing the bounty and the beauty of the countryside. But the extended winter, with its freezing temperatures and bitter winds following on last year’s wet summer and autumn, have led to tough conditions for bees resulting in a possible shortage of honey and, worse, a dearth of healthy young stock.
12:00am Thursday 11th April 2013
One of the best alternatives to hiring a professional garden designer is to take a trip to the Royal Welsh Spring Festival to view the exhibits in the Gardeners Corner in the Festival’s Floral Hall. There visitors can see a selection of attractive garden layouts to inspire those who plan to spend some time in the summer months improving and enhancing their gardens at home.
6:00pm Wednesday 10th April 2013
4:00pm Wednesday 10th April 2013
The Green Horizons Sustainable Living Exhibition has been a festival highlight since 2006, and is a heady mix of exhibitors, demonstrations, craft stalls , family workshops which together provide lots of ideas to make our lifestyles more sustainable.
12:50pm Wednesday 10th April 2013
2013 is introducing a brand new aspect to the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, this year the festival will incorporate a day of Working Hunter classes and a day of Show Jumping. One of the emphases of the festival is small holders and we hope that this new equine section will attract new visitors and encourage both novice and experienced equine enthusiasts to compete in a competitive yet friendly and welcoming atmosphere, also giving competitors the opportunity to compete in a prestigious area.
11:06am Wednesday 10th April 2013
6:00am Wednesday 10th April 2013
A scurry driving competition, the high speed equestrian sport in which a pair of ponies draw a carriage around a course marked out with cones in an attempt to achieve the fastest time, will be among the attractions at this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival in May.
1:00am Wednesday 10th April 2013
Woodland owners throughout Wales, who have added value to their forestry business through diversification and sustainable management, are being invited to compete for £1500 in prize money in a special Royal Welsh Agricultural Society competition.
12:11pm Tuesday 9th April 2013
A farmer’s wife from the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales has been made an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies for her pioneering work in business and management training for those involved in farming and related industry.
12:09pm Tuesday 9th April 2013
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s two-day Spring Festival is the place to visit if you are thinking of becoming a smallholder because it is a rich source of information and guidance for those interested in this rewarding pastime.
12:07pm Tuesday 9th April 2013
Nearly 1300 classes and special awards are listed in the livestock schedule for this year’s Royal Welsh show in July including over 300 for cattle, 435 for sheep, 80 for pigs and 58 for goats. Classes and special awards for horses and ponies total 374. The schedule has gone out to 5000 potential exhibitors at the four-day event.
4:20pm Monday 4th March 2013
10:50am Monday 7th January 2013
5:40pm Tuesday 18th December 2012
“We’re about to buy a three-acre smallholding in mid Wales. I want to grow things and my husband wants to keep pigs and perhaps goats. What advice can you give us?” Questions like this are frequently asked at smallholding events and prompted the Royal Welsh Spring Festival to add a Getting Started help desk in 2012.
2:41pm Wednesday 23rd May 2012
Nearly 25,000 visitors attended the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s first major event of the year, the Spring Festival, confirming its status as one of the most popular weekend attractions in Wales showcasing smallholding, gardening and sustainable living
3:00pm Friday 18th May 2012
A new addition to the RWAS Spring Festival 19/20 May this year is the Getting Started service, where anyone in search of smallholding advice is welcome to drop into the friendly help desk situated in the livestock area.
4:00pm Thursday 17th May 2012
looking for inspirational ideas for creating practical gardens should go to the Gardeners Corner, a new feature being introduced at this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival where five mini gardens no larger than 3m x 3m in area illustrating how recycled materials can be utilised to good effect for home grown produce will be on view.
9:51am Tuesday 8th May 2012
Reptile specialist, environmental consultant and researcher Dr Rhys Jones, familiar to television viewers of the BBC Wales programme ‘Rhys to the Rescue’ will be among those giving talks at the popular Speakers’ Corner during the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Builth Wells.
8:30am Saturday 5th May 2012
5:36pm Monday 30th April 2012
More than 1000 dogs are expected to compete for the prizes at the premier open dog show run in conjunction with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Spring Festival next month. The event is the only premier open dog show in Wales, a status granted by the Kennel Club three years ago, thus making it a qualifer for Crufts, the world’s largest dog show.
3:54pm Wednesday 4th April 2012
2:50pm Monday 2nd April 2012
5:00pm Wednesday 14th March 2012
Terry Walton, a regular contributor on BBC 2’s Jeremy Vine show and rated most popular You Tube Gardener of the Year, will be among the experts ready to advise visitors at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Spring Festival in May.
8:40am Saturday 10th March 2012
Three hundred and forty classes and special awards have been scheduled for livestock at the Royal Welsh Spring Festival held on 19/20 May at Builth Wells, the highest number since the event was first staged by the society 12 years ago. The Festival, the leading event in Wales for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living, attracted a record attendance last year of 26,026.
3:10pm Sunday 12th February 2012
12:37pm Wednesday 8th February 2012
8:00am Wednesday 18th January 2012
The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s most prestigious prize, the Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Trophy, will go this year to an auctioneer who has made a substantial contribution to the development of livestock marketing in his or her area.
11:19am Thursday 12th January 2012
Dr Fred Slater looks at the number one event for smallholding, gardening and sustainable living In most walks of life it is often a help to have started at the bottom and worked your way to the top, for then you know how it all works and it tends to keep your feet firmly on the ground. In the 1970s I was asked to put on an exhibit in the Horticultural Marquee of the Royal Welsh Show as it was Radnorshire’s featured year and I was based on the estate of Sir Michael Venables Llewellyn the last Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire.
11:02am Thursday 12th January 2012
12:50pm Friday 2nd December 2011
Keen interest in baby beef cattle among buyers seeking animals with show potential was reflected by a flying trade at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair when a number of young animals topped £4000 in the sale ring.
8:30am Tuesday 24th May 2011
A record attendance at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Spring Festival for smallholders and gardeners and those interested in a sustainable way of living has confirmed its status as one of the most popular attractions in Wales.
Quality animals and friendly atmosphere attract the crowd to the 2011 RWAS Smallholder and Garden Festival
12:27pm Monday 23rd May 2011
A crowd of over 26,000 flocked to the RWAS Smallholder and Garden Festival over the weekend of the Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22 May. Smallholder was there, meeting readers and talking to people who had come from far and wide.
9:33am Tuesday 17th May 2011
It is a matter of concern that Wales’ national dairy herd is in decline. Dairy cow numbers have fallen by around 20 per cent in the past decade and by the end of last year there were less than 2000 milk producers left in Wales.
6:11pm Tuesday 10th May 2011
5:15pm Thursday 5th May 2011
2:10pm Saturday 23rd April 2011
An eco garden built on site specifically for the Royal Welsh Spring Festival will be one of the interesting new attractions for visitors at this year’s two-day event on the Royal Welsh showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, 21/22 May.
10:18am Friday 15th April 2011
A group of young Maypole dancers will take part for the first time in the dance programme at the Royal Welsh two-day Spring Festival, an appropriate addition since the dance was traditionally known as ‘Maying’, though it was generally performed in June because of the British weather.
10:20am Tuesday 5th April 2011
The Wales Federation of YFC is once again developing the organisations presence at the Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival to be held on the weekend of May 21 and 22 at the Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells by building on the success of its activities held in 2010.
10:20am Tuesday 5th April 2011
The innovative Green Horizons (Eco) Exhibition, which has featured at the Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival since 2006, is moving site this year and will be located in a brand new exhibition space at the heart of the Royal Welsh Showground - a move which reflects the popular desire for greener and more economical ways of living.
9:27am Tuesday 5th April 2011
From the fabulous Frizzles with their unique curly feathers to the proud Polish with their wonderful head plumage, there are lots of different types of birds to see in the poultry section this year at The Welsh Federation of poultry Clubs spring show, held at the 2011 RWAS Smallholder and Garden Festival, Builth Wells on May 21/22.
9:21am Tuesday 5th April 2011
9:18am Tuesday 5th April 2011
“It wouldn’t be fair for you to go without us!” wailed the family when I announced that, in my capacity as a breed society secretary; I was required to attend both days of the 2006 Festival. Not unreasonably, they all wanted to come too! “But what about the cost?” I replied. Then some bright spark came up with the idea that it would actually be much cheaper if we took some sheep with us! So that’s exactly what we did.
9:16am Tuesday 5th April 2011
More than 330 classes and special awards for livestock have been scheduled for this year's Royal Welsh Spring Festival, the highest number recorded since the event was first staged by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society 11 years ago.
9:12am Tuesday 5th April 2011
A group of young Maypole dancers will take part for the first time in the dance programme at the Royal Welsh two-day Spring Festival, an appropriate addition since the dance was traditionally known as ‘Maying’, though it was generally performed in June because of the British weather!
9:06am Tuesday 5th April 2011
The Garden section of the Smallholder and Garden Festival is growing in every sense of the word and last year Thompson and Morgan Seeds won the Best in Show with their magnificent display of vegetables.
5:58pm Monday 4th April 2011
Falconry, historically a popular sport and status symbol among the nobles of medieval Europe and the Middle East, will be one of the many interests featured at this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival in May.
5:52pm Monday 4th April 2011
The Smallholder’s Show has always held a special place in my heart. Like Baby Bear’s porridge in the apocryphal tale of Goldilocks, it feels ‘just right’: While some shows are ‘too big’ and others ‘too small’, the Smallholders offers perennial satisfaction. Though the weekend appeals to an amazing cross-section of people from different walks of life, they all seem to share the same ‘core values’ (such as interest in promoting biodiversity, concern for animal welfare and a love of community), as me. This makes sharing, learning, networking, renewing and making friendships a pleasure, at a time in my life where I am in danger of embracing an unbecoming brand of anti-social cynicism.
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