TV presenter wins Bob Davies Memorial Award for piece on bovine TB

Welsh TV presenter Meinir Jones has won a farming award for a piece that highlighted the plight of a farmer battling against bovine TB.

Miss Jones is S4C’s Ffermio programme presenter and won the annual Bob Davies Memorial Award for her work. The award is presented by the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) in memory of Farmers Weekly’s regional correspondent Robert Davies, who died in 2009 after a lifetime of service to the magazine and Welsh farming.

FUW Pembrokeshire county executive officer Rebecca Voyle praised Miss Jones’ work.

“The issue of TB and how to eradicate it can be very contentious. Our members wanted to acknowledge the work Meinir and the Ffermio team were doing to highlight the impact the disease had on the industry and to thank her for giving a voice to those who suffered the daily consequences of it.

“In particular, members were extremely impressed by the sympathetic way in which she told the story of how the disease has impacted on Griff Owen and his business and relayed the day-to-day frustrations of farming with the disease,” Ms Voyle said.

“Members also praised the way in which she interviewed the then minister Alun Davies and challenged his responses to her questions.”

Miss Jones was brought up on Maesteilo Farm in Capel Isaac, near Llandeilo. She graduated from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 2007 and began working as a researcher for Telesgop in June 2007, and has directed programmes such as Ffermio and Digwyddiadau since 2009.

From an early age, Meinir has committed to working on the family farm at every given opportunity and now enjoys displaying her own flock of Welsh Balwen sheep at a number of shows throughout the summer.

Receiving the award – a shepherd’s crook specially carved by Aberystwyth stick maker Hywel Evans – from FUW president Emyr Jones, Miss Jones said: “I would like to thank the FUW for considering me a worthy winner of the award.

“Farming and the countryside are very close to my heart as my post with Ffermio goes hand in hand with my interest in working at home on the cattle and sheep farm of my parents Eifion and Doris and brother Eirian.”