Woman farmers work recognised
By FWi staff
A WIDOW who combines running a busy farm with bringing up her three children and still finds time for community work has been named Wales Woman Farmer of the Year 2001.
Janet Watkins, from Llanfynydd in Carmarthenshire, was announced winner of the contest at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Societys Winter Fair at Builth Wells on Tuesday (05 December).
The competition, which is sponsored by the National Farmers Union and the NatWest bank, celebrates the huge contribution women now make to agriculture.
Since the death of her husband six years ago, Mrs Watkins has run their 100-cow dairy farm with 400 breeding ewes while raising her children, aged 13, 11 and nine.
She employs two staff and rents out part of the farmhouse as a holiday home, and still helps out at her local school and supports the local Young Farmers Club.
The runners up are Annette Spratt from Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, and Lavinia Vaughan from Caersws, near Llanidloes in Powys.
Presenting Mrs Watkins with her award NFU Cymru Wales president Hugh Richards said: “Women like Janet are driving the industry forward.
Hopefully, as Wales Woman Farmer of the Year she will give a much needed boost to women involved in farming across Wales.”
Mrs Watkins received 500 and the two runners-up 100.