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Tractors, tasks and tensions – Fferm Ffactor is back, and it’s bigger than ever!

Fferm Ffactor will be back with a new series on S4C in the autumn.

fferm ffactor 2013 competitors

2013 Fferm Ffactor competitors

This will be the fifth series of the agriculture challenge series since it started in 2009, and it’s going from strength to strength.

Each year Fferm Ffactor expands and grows, moving up a gear and turning up the heat. And the same is true about the new series in the autumn as it extends to an hour long programme for the first time ever. More time for quizzing, testing and challenging the ten farmers, with tasks varying from sheep shearing, to driving a tractor; from veterinary tasks to forming a marketing plan. Not forgetting of course having to face questions under the spotlight in the dreaded Chair challenge.

The ten farmers competing in the 2013 series have already been chosen, and visitors to The Royal Welsh Show this week will see their faces high up on billboards around the Showground, and at the S4C building. But who are the ten and do you know any of them?

The ten brave farmers of Fferm Ffactor 2013 are:

  • Carys Edwards, Ganllwyd, Dolgellau
  • Dafydd Jones, Trawsfynydd
  • Dewi Thomas, Llanddowror, St Clears
  • Rhys Williams, Tywyn, Gwynedd
  • Mathew Jones, Nantgaredig, Carmarthen
  • Gwenno Pugh, Talsarnau, Harlech
  • Dylan Harries, Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire
  • Hefin Jones, Padog, Ysbyty Ifan
  • Rhydian Williams, Penderyn, Aberdare
  • Dylan Jones, Bodffordd, Anglesey

The series producer Siwan Haf, of Cwmni Da, is very happy with the choice of farmers this year, “We’ve already started filming. The crew have met, and get along well, and it was a pleasure to film them at their homes during the past few weeks so we can all get to know them better. I think it will be another close run contest this year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more than a few tears as we come to the weekly eliminations.”

The task of judging the contest goes to Professor Wynne Jones and Aled Rees (winner of the 2009 series). They decide who goes home each week, and their decision is final. Daloni Metcalfe is the series presenter, on hand to offer a comforting word to the departing contestants.

But for the series winner, the prize this year is as fantastic as ever – a 4×4 Isuzu D-Max Yukon, donated by the series’ main sponsors Isuzu.

William Brown, Isuzu UK General Manager, says, “Fferm Ffactor has grown in popularity over the years and Isuzu UK is very proud to play a major role in the series again this year.”

Gaynor Davies, S4C Content Commissioner says, “Without a doubt, Fferm Ffactor has stuck a cord with S4C viewers. As we welcome the series back to the screens in the autumn, we can look forward to an hour of entertainment with Daloni, the judges and for course our ten farmers. Good luck to them all!”

Go to the s4c.co.uk/ffermffactor website to read more about each contestant, and follow the latest on Facebook and Twitter.

 

This year’s competitors:

Carys 35 – Ganllwyd, Dolgellau

  • Bee keeper and makes her own honey
  • Competes in sheepdog trials
  • Keeps a flock of 300 sheep
  • “I would love to show that a small farm can compete with the bigger ones.”

Dafydd 33 – Trawsfynydd

  • Farms 1,200 Welsh Mountain Sheep and 20 Welsh Black Cattle
  • Runs his own fencing and tree felling contractor business
  • Contractor of the Year, 2008 Royal Welsh Show
  • “I’m competing to win.”

Dewi 33 – Llanddowror, St Clears

  • Runs a Holstein and Jersey cattle dairy farm
  • Keeps 150 sheep – pedigree Charolais and cross Texel and Suffolk
  • Leader of St Clear’s Young Farmers’ Club
  • “I’d like to think I can be among the final three.”

Rhys 33 – Tywyn, Gwynedd

  • Mountain sheep farmer
  • Manages a 700 acre farm
  • Also has 40 Welsh Black Cattle
  • “Having fun is important to me. But I’ve also had enough of my old pick-up truck!”

Mathew 25 – Nantgaredig, Carmarthen

  • Dairy farmer
  • His cattle can swim
  • A member of Dyffryn Tywi Young Farmers’ Club
  • “Taking part is important, but a win would be a bonus.”

Gwenno 28 – Talsarnau, Harlech

  • Farms pigs, cows and sheep in Harlech and on her father’s farm in Anglesey
  • Studied Agriculture at Aberystwyth University
  • Worked for three months on a dairy farm in the USA
  • “It’s a chance to show that women are equal to men. It’s time a woman won it!”

Dylan Harries 24 – Llanfyrnach, Pembrokeshire

  • Farm hand at a dairy farm with 550 cows milked daily
  • Member of Hermon Young Farmers’ Club
  • This year’s youngest competitor
  • “I enjoy a challenge – I’ll fight to the end and give everything I’ve got.”

Hefin 30 – Padog, Ysbyty Ifan

  • Used to shear 10,000 sheep a year
  • Has represented Wales and sheared in Norway and New Zealand
  • Breeds and shows Limousin cattle
  • “The main aim is to not go out in the first round, and to keep my cool!”

Rhydian 33 – Penderyn, Aberdare

  • Farms a flock of 900 Penwyn Penderyn sheep and 30 suckler cows
  • Shears sheep in several areas around South Wales
  • Fencing contractor
  • “After meeting the other competitors, I’ll know if I have a shot at winning.”

Dylan Jones 42 – Bodffordd, Anglesey

  • Lorry driver for Hefin Thomas Haulage
  • Farms pedigree Hereford cattle, Suffolk sheep and pigs
  • Won an Apprentice of the Year awards while at college
  • “It would be nice to bring a second Isuzu to Anglesey.”

 

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