Ten farmers from Wales are to battle it out on TV in a bid to be crowned the best farmer in the country.

Welsh television channel S4C has unveiled a shortlist of ten talented farmers who’ll be battling out in the Channel’s brand new Fferm Ffactor farming competition.

The competitors – three women and seven men, age 20-52, from across Wales – will face a series of challenges during the ten-part series, from driving a tractor and building a gate to sorting pigs and sheep and taking on marketing challenges. 

The show will be judged by TV presenter and farmer Dai Jones and Professor Wynne Jones, the retiring principal of Harper Adams University College. 

“The winner will be the one who puts his heart and soul into his work, the one who loves his job and takes pleasure in his or her animals and has a vast knowledge of the agricultural world,” said Dai Jones.

“The ideal farmer is the one who can get the job done and has great pleasure in doing so. The one who can smile and whistle at the end of a long hard day and look at his kingdom and think ‘I am the King of this lot’.”

The contestants vying to be crowned Wales’ best farmer 2009 are:

  • Eleri Wyn Williams, 52
  • Glenda Hughes, 43
  • Morfudd Lewis, 20
  • Cefin Evans, 37
  • Aled Rees, 38,
  • Rhys Evans, 27
  • Gareth Jones, 42
  • Geraint Siddall, 23
  • Gareth Roberts, 53
  • Rhodri Jones, 31

Fferm Ffactor begins on Tuesday, 20 October at 8.25pm on S4C.