A farmworker with a good eye for a "bull" has come tops in a TV competition.
Dylan Hughes is the main winner of this year’s contest run by the popular S4C programme Ffermio in conjunction with Ifor Williams Trailers.
At the annual Winter Fair at Llanelwedd he was presented with his early Christmas present, a TA5 pig and sheep trailer worth £2,665.
Dylan, 41, lives with his partner Roberta and their two children at Sarn Meylltern, on the Llyn Peninsula, in North Wales. Though his family home is at Llain Las, Abersoch, a smallholding where his mother still lives, he works at Crugeran farm in Sarn.
"I already have an Ifor Williams livestock trailer and a flatbed trailer, but this new one will be a very useful addition. They are all good trailers," he said.
In the TV competition viewers were asked to answer one question each week for seven weeks, with the initial letters of the answers forming an anagram.
"I’ve tried the competition several times before but have never won anything, I’ve never really won anything before and it came as a bit of a shock when I heard I’d won this because I know they must receive so many entries," said Dylan.
The news came just as he was about to set out for his weekly darts match for the Sun Inn at Llanengan, who play in the Llyn League.
He visits the Winter Fair most years but this time will be heading home to Gwynedd as the proud owner of a smart new trailer.
Meanwhile, when a Vale of Clwyd farmer learned that he too had won a major prize he felt like leaping with joy – but with his leg in plaster it would have been rather painful.
For the past eight weeks Meirion Wynne has been unable to get much work done at Tyddyn Isa, his 100-acre farm at Prion, near Denbigh, as he has been immobilized after a fall in Denbigh.
So the news that he had won a 8’ x 5’ Eurolight flatbed trailer with steel sides, worth £1,645 came as a very welcome early Christmas present.
Meirion, who keeps 200 sheep but no longer has cattle, runs the farm with his wife Gwenda, who has had to do more than her share of work while her husband has been laid up.
They are avid viewers of Ffermio and have entered the competitions in the past without any luck.
"We enter various competitions, including things like raffles, but never win anything. It came as a shock to learn we had won this trailer," he said.
They are also regular customers of Ifor Williams Trailers, and already own two small livestock trailers.
Each summer they attend the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd and they also visit the Winter Fair, but they thought they would have to forgo their visit this year following Meirion’s accident in which he broke his leg and injured his Achilles tendon.
On learning that the prize would be presented at the fair, however, they hastily made alternative plans as Gwenda did not fancy towing the brand new trailer home.
A last-minute decision to enter a TV competition meant that Christmas came early for a Richard Phillips, from Llanelli.
Every year Richard Phillips has entered the competition and this year his luck finally changed, for he now the proud owner of one of the company’s P6e trailers, the third prize in the competition.
Richard and his wife Wendy live with their two children, Carys, 10, and Carwyn, 8, in Rehobath Road, Five Roads, Llanelli, where they have a three-acre smallholding.
Richard, 42, works full-time as a carpenter for Carmarthen Council and he and Wendy have close links with the local farming community.
They watch Ffermio regularly but left it until the closing day before submitting their entry for the competition, which involved answering a different question each week. The initial of each answer formed an anagram.
"We’ve never won anything of value before and Carwyn was jumping up and down with excitement when he heard we had won," said Wendy.
The Phillips bought an Ifor Williams flatbed trailer earlier this year, little dreaming that by the end of the year they would own a brand-new trailer. The P6e model worth £670 is expected to come in very useful for general purposes around the smallholding and can also carry their quadbike.
Ffermio presenter Terwyn Davies said they were extremely grateful to Ifor Williams Trailers for their support again this year and viewers clearly appreciated the competition as they received thousands of entries.
He said: "The Ffermio competition is very valuable to us, with viewers far and wide tuning in, in the hope of getting their hands on the trailers!
"The winners appreciate the quality of the trailers, be they farmers, small holders, or horse owners. It is a very special time for Telesgop’s Ffermio team, to see the excellent prizes going once more to very worthy winners. "
Iorwerth Roberts, the company’s head of sales in North Wales, said Ifor Williams Trailers was proud to be associated with Ffermio and that the faith in their product was clearly demonstrated in the response to the competition.
"It is an indication that our trailers are in great demand," he added.
Gwawr Martha Lloyd, S4C Programme Commissioner, added: "The competition has proven to be as popular this year as ever and many congratulations to the winners.
"The popularity of the competition reflects the importance of Ffermio as one of the cornerstones of the S4C schedule bringing us the latest news and events in our rural communities and in the agricultural industry.
"Thanks to Ifor Williams Trailers and Telesgop, who produce Ffermio, for arranging the competition."
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