The award champions the contribution that women make to agriculture.
Victoria Shervington-Jones, poultry farmer and businesswoman from St Brides, Newport runs an extremely successful free-range egg business, Country Fresh Eggs, with her family, and has 2 children aged 4 and 3. The poultry business consists of 39,500 layers, a packing plant and 2 delivery vans, allowing the business to have full integration of the food supply chain – from producing, to packing and distribution.
Country Fresh Eggs
Under the banner of Country Fresh Eggs, Victoria visits schools and attends events to talk to members of the public about free range egg production. She has accompanied ‘Cows On Tour’ on various occasions, taking chickens and baby chicks into schools for children to see.
Judge said Victoria’s willingness to help out in the local community could not be ignored. She visits her local primary school to help educate children about farming, she helps out with Open Farm Sunday at a local farm, she assists Maendy YFC with various events and she is also a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Show Committee.
Wales Woman Farmer of the Year
NFU Cymru Deputy President, John Davies, said: “I am very pleased to announce Victoria as the new Wales Woman Farmer of the Year, she is a fantastic role model for women in farming and puts 110% into everything she does.
“It is clear that Victoria is continually thinking of ways to improve her business to make it sustainable long into the future. The recent outbreak of Avian Influenza tested the industry, and Victoria was quick to react; she netted outside areas for her birds, but actually netted far more than the requirement to ensure enrichment for her birds. She was also quick to reassure her customers by informing local papers and ensuring leaflets went out to buyers to keep everyone informed.”
Pat Ashman, Sponsorship and Events Manager, Principality Building Society said: “It’s a real pleasure to be involved with the judging of such an exciting competition.
“Victoria will make a very good ambassador for all the other women who farm in Wales.”
Victoria received a Welsh crystal glass engraved fruit bowl and £500 prize money.