Welsh farmers will be selling off sheep and donating the proceeds to R.A.B.I next month.
R.A.B.I’s Brecon & Radnor Committee raised more than £4,000 in 2015 through its ‘Bring a Broker to Market’ initiative. Under the scheme, farmers donate a broker or culled ewe, no longer fit for breeding, to their local market in order to raise money. Typically, a cull ewe is worth around £35-£80.
Elaine Stephens, chair of the Brecon & Radnor R.A.B.I committee, said: “The concept is simple; we are asking farmers to donate a cull ewe to support R.A.B.I’s welfare work in Brecon & Radnor. We are extremely grateful to the farmers that helped us last year and the empathy shown by them towards other farming families was heart-warming. I hope farmers will help us once again by getting involved. The money raised might help fund a special bed for a farmer who is ill, or support someone who has had an accident. R.A.B.I has already given out more than £24,000 in Brecon & Radnor during 2016.”
The ‘Bring a Broker to Market’ scheme is the brainchild of R.A.B.I’s Brecon & Radnor county committee treasurer, Hugh Davies who is also a NFU Mutual agent in Builth Wells. Hugh said: “Unfortunately, many farming families find themselves in difficult situations through no fault of their own.”
Linda Jones, R.A.B.I’s regional manager for Wales, added: “I’d like to personally thank all of the livestock auctioneers in Brecon & Radnor for their support for this campaign. I’d also like to say a big thank you to all of the farmers who are prepared to do something so positive for others less fortunate.”
The scheme has the support of the following livestock auctions in Brecon & Radnor:
Tuesday October 4 – McCartneys, Brecon
Tuesday October 4 – Brightwells, Rhayader
Thursday October 6 – Brightwells, Hay-on-Wye
Thursday October 6 – McCartneys, Knighton
Thursday October 6 – Clee Tompkinson & Francis, Talybont-on-Usk
Friday October 7 – Brightwells, Builth Wells
Friday October 7 – Sunderlands & Thompsons, Talgarth
Saturday October 8 – Clee Tompkinson & Francis, Sennybridge