Wales upland sheep © Stuart Black/Robert Harding/Rex/Shutterstock© Stuart Black/Robert Harding/Rex/Shutterstock

Three farmers have put their names forward for the role of deputy president of NFU Cymru, ahead of elections next month.

A vacancy has been created because it looks likely that the current deputy president, livestock farmer John Davies, will step up to the president’s role after Stephen James announced he would not be seeking re-election after serving two terms as president.

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Mr Davies is a popular choice and he has been nominated by all 11 Welsh counties.

Although his nomination will need to be formally ratified in January, it has paved the way for three candidates to put their names forward for the role of deputy. They are:

  • Wyn Evans, a beef and sheep farmer from Nantbyr Uchaf, a 36ha holding near Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion. Mr Evans is the current NFU Cymru livestock board chairman
  • Aled Jones, a dairy farmer from Hendy Farm, Caernarfon, who recently stood down as NFU Cymru milk board chairman
  • Hedd Pugh, a beef and sheep farmer from Meirionnydd and current NFU Cymru rural affairs board chairman.

NFU Cymru candidates

(From left) Wyn Evans, Aled Jones and Hedd Pugh

NFU Cymru members have the opportunity to hear from each of the candidates at a series of hustings events across Wales early next month, ahead of elections in January at NFU Cymru Welsh Council.

NFU Cymru director John Mercer said it was vitally important for the union to have a strong leadership base to represent Welsh farmers at a “pivotal time’’ for agriculture.

“The success and strength of NFU Cymru is undoubtedly down to its ability to combine professional staff with dedicated and passionate farmers in key officeholder positions who can represent the Welsh farming industry not only in Wales, but also in Westminster and Brussels,’’ he said.

NFU Cymru presidential hustings schedule 2018

  • Wednesday 3 January, 11am at Hotel Plas Hyfryd, Narberth
  • Wednesday 3 January, 7.30pm at Barn at Brynich, Brecon
  • Thursday 4 January, 11.00am at Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws
  • Thursday 4 January, 7.30pm at Eagles Hotel, Llanrwst