At the YFC Rally held at Llangefni Mart in 1967, Iolo Owen MBE planted a seed with R.D. Williams, the Regional Officer of N.A.S.S, which led to the establishment of a Grassland Society on Anglesey.
A meeting on the 13th of November 1967 at Pencraig College Llangefni saw the formation of Anglesey Grassland Society with Iolo elected as founder Chairman.
The formation brought together other leading farmers on the island – including Cledwyn Jones of Plas Llandegfan (the first Treasurer) and Dafydd Roberts of Ty Croes, Pentraeth. In those days hay was the predominant source of winter fodder, but a later trip to Ireland introduced silage as a new and more productive provider of livestock winter feed.
The Society’s first secretary was W. O. Elias, a retired N.A.S.S district adviser. He was followed by Bryner Jones, a Lecturer at Coleg Pencraig – a location where meetings were convened for several years.
Facilitating and improving dialogue between research and practical farming found a champion in Dafydd Roberts who modestly passed up the BGS Presidency.
Several members of the society have gone on to win the F.W.G.S. Grassland Competition. In the early 1970’s and 80’s, Tudur Owen of Penmynydd Llanfwrog and W. J. Jones & Son of Castellior highlighting Anglesey’s ability to produce ‘meat from grass’ .
The trend continued into the 2000s with Brian Bown of Trewyn, Llanerchymedd and Peredur & Llyr Hughes of Fferam Gyd winning the accolade.
The social element of the Society is equally important to the farming community, as fewer livestock auctions diminish the ability to meet and share experiences. The Annual Dinner is always a highlight and nobody there will forget the incomparable Walter Tomos of “C’mon Middffild” fame, keeping everyone in stitches. No-one will also ever forget the evening with William Evans, one of the last of “Porthmyn Mon”, telling his story of beginning with a few duck eggs and a hen. Today his grandson farms 300 dairy cows and maintains the tradition on the fertile pastures of Anglesey.
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