Bessie the fibreglass cow was quite a sight when she flew down the UK’s fastest zip line at Zip World’s Penrhyn Quarry in Snowdonia.
This stunt was part of Cows on Tour’s fundraising efforts to support R.A.B.I and the DPJ Foundation. Group chairman Matthew Shervington-Jones, S4C’s Ffermio presenter Meinir Howells and R.A.B.I Monmouthshire committee member Kate Beavan flew alongside Bessie 500 metres above the bright blue quarry lake. Wyn Evans, NFU Cymru Livestock Chairman, and Seimon Thomas, Royal Welsh Show Pembrokeshire County President, were among those who also braved the zip line, which can reach speeds of 100mph.
Unfortunately, Bessie’s weight and size meant her trip was much slower and she wound up getting stuck a few metres from the end! The Zip World team hoisted her back in safe and sound.
Matthew said: “We had an amazing day at Zip World, joined by a great team of people representing agriculture, our invaluable network who support farmers daily and of course the staff at Zip World who made our challenge happen and kept our cow safe!
“Our aim is to re-establish a connection between the urban and rural communities to publicise our industry and highlight how integrated we all are – and this was achieved! This challenge has really helped us promote the Cows On Tour message.”
— CowsOnTour (@CowsOnTour) April 1, 2019
The next fundraising challenge for Cows On Tour is a hike up Snowdon on May 4 with their entire model farm in tow. From May 13 to 19, they will take the farmyard into five schoolyards around Wales. Find out more about the tour here.
To get involved with Cows On Tour, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation, visit their Just Giving page.