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Welsh farmers to attempt British record for sheep-shearing

A sheep-shearing duo will attempt to set a new British record later today, for shearing as many lambs as possible in nine hours.

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33-year-old Gareth Jones, from Penegoes, and 36-year-old Ian Jones, from Hundred House, will work in tandem throughout the day following months of practise and preparation.

The British Wool Marketing Board says record attempts are "hugely important" to the wool industry.

Not only do they highlight the highly skilled individuals that are driving the industry forward, they also help to promote the quality of British wool to a wider audience.

– British Wool Marketing Board Chairman, Ian Buchanan


Role of Welsh agriculture post-Brexit to be discussed at Anglesey Show

The role of Welsh agriculture is to be discussed on the first day of the Anglesey County Show following the uncertainty surrounding Briatin's decision to leave the EU.

The topic of Brexit will be high on the Show's agenda, in its 129th year. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Anglesey NFU Cymru County Chairman Elwyn Evans says he expects significant changes will be on the horizon for Welsh farming

The ramifications will be far reaching and likely to affect us all in one way or another. Agriculture plays such a vital role in Wales' economy and in its communities. It is the responsibility of the sector to make sure our voice is heard as we look to work with our industry partners to construct a Welsh agricultural policy is fit for purpose in the post-Brexit future that lies ahead.

– Mr Elwyn Evans, Anglesey NFU Cymru County Chairman

The two day Show itself, now in its 129th year, is expected to attract around 60,000 people and features some of Wales' finest livestock and produce.

The event attracts nearly 60,000 people every year. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Over a thousand horses from Shire horses down to the miniature Shetland ponies will be paraded on the showground, as well as ten different breeds of sheep and classes of cattle.


First milestone of St Fagans redevelopment project complete

The first building to be completed in an ongoing £25m project to redevelop St Fagans will open its doors today.

The Bryn Eryr, which is based on an archaeological site from the time of the Roman conquest, is a recreation of a small Iron Age farmstead near Llansadwrn in the eastern corner of Anglesey.

This rural settlement consists of two roundhouses built with six-foot thick clay walls and large conical thatched roofs.

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The farmstead was built with the help of hundreds of volunteers, school children and members of neighbouring communities in Ely and Caerau.

Together with the Museum’s own building team, they raised up the clay walls, helped to interpret the history of the houses and rediscovered the lives of its original inhabitants.

READ MORE: What's the future for Wales' National History Museum at St Fagans?

Watch Mike Griffiths' report here.

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