A NUMBER of women turned up to see prominent female figures at a farming conference held by the National Farmers’ Union.

NFU President, Minette Batters, was joined at the ‘She Who Dares Farms’ event by Hannah Jackson and the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM.

The trio were among those to address guests on the importance of strength and unity at a time of current uncertainty in the industry.

Opening the conference, NFU Cymru Pembrokeshire County Chair, Clare Morgan, said: “The support for the event has been overwhelming.

“It is great to see women actively wanting to get involved with the union and to listen to our inspirational speakers, as well as wanting to learn more about the lobbying and campaign work.

“The wealth of experience in the union is second to none and this event has shown that women are motivated and keen to get more involved.”

Hannah Jackson, nicknamed in the field as the Red Shepherdess, added: “This event wasn’t about making women stronger – women are already strong. It’s about changing the way our industry perceives that strength.”

At the ‘She Who Dares Farms’ conference, NFU Cymru launched the 2019 bale sticker ahead of the Royal Welsh Show.

The bale stickers, branded with the slogan ‘We are the heart of rural life’, fit under the umbrella of the ‘We are Welsh Farming’ campaign, which was launched by the union in the Senedd last year.

They were available on the day and are now available for those members who have farms on the roads that lead to the Llanelwedd showground.

The event also brought an opportunity to launch ‘She Who Dares Farms’ merchandise which is exclusively available through NFU Cymru.

All of the profits made from sales on the day went to the DPJ Foundation, a mental health charity which was set up in July 2016 following the tragic death of Daniel Picton-Jones.