A former chairman of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has been knighted in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Meurig Rees was recognised for services to agriculture and to public life in Wales.

The pig sector has also done well with three key figures in the industry being rewarded for their efforts.

British Pig Executive chairman Stewart Houston received a CBE for services to agriculture, Richard Cambell of Assured British Pigs an OBE and Frances Slade of Ladies in Pigs an MBE.

The rest of the food and farming recipients were as follows:

Knights Bachelor

Meurig Rees, for services to agriculture and to public life in Wales.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Michael Eavis, dairy farmer and founder of the Glastonbury Festival, for services to music.

Stewart Houston, for services to agriculture.

John McGlone, deputy director of legal services at DEFRA.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

David Austin, for services to horticulture.

Richard Campbell, lately chairman of Assured British Pigs, for services to the pig industry.

Dr Henry Gracey, head of the countryside management branch at NI’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

David Green, for services to crofting and to local government in the Highlands and Islands.

Hilda Stewart, for services to rural women.

Julia Sturrock, for services to the environment and to sustainable development in Scotland.

Dr Malcolm Wakerley, technical support and research manager at DEFRA.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Alexander Brown, for services to the Scottish Dairy Industry.

Dr James Curran, for services to the environment and sustainable development in Scotland.

Morgan Evans, auctioneer, for services to farming in North Wales.

Patrick Goldsworthy, project manger of the Voluntary Initiative, for services to the environment.

Edmund Harper, for services to the livestock transport industry.

Andrew Humphries, for services to agriculture and to the rural economy in Cumbria.

Dr Peter Nettleton, lately head of virological surveillance at Moredun Research Institute for services to veterinary medicine.

Douglas Read, for services to ploughing.

Frances Slade, lately chairwoman of Ladies in Pigs, for services to the pig industry.