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Ffermio Welcomes New Presenter

18/01/2011

A new presenter will join the flagship S4C farming and countryside series Ffermio from Monday, 24 January (8.25pm).

Meinir Jones of Capel Isaac near Llandeilo steps in front of the camera lenses after four years working as director and researcher on the popular S4C series.

She follows in the footsteps of Iola Wyn who said her farewell to Ffermio viewers on Monday 14 January after six years as part of the presentation team.

Meinir, 25, is a farmer’s daughter from Maesteilo farm, Capel Isaac. As well as working for the Swansea-based TV company Telesgôp which produce Ffermio, she works on the family’s sheep and beef farm at every opportunity she gets with her parents Eifion and Doris Jones and 21-year-old brother, Eirian.

Meinir is looking forward immensely to the challenge of presenting Ffermio – despite admitting that she is somewhat a little nervous.

“Farming is very close to my heart so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to report and present on the Ffermio series. I’m looking forward to meeting people who are passionate about farming and discussing the issues that are of great importance to the people who love the countryside,” says Meinir.

Meinir is a keen member of Llanfynydd Young Farmers’ Club and is highly indebted to the Young Farmers for giving her the experiences and confidence in many aspects of her life.

“I have been a member of the Young Farmers since I was 10 years old and have had many memorable opportunities as well as making lifelong friends. It’s an organisation that nurtures the most precious skills to everyone who is involved in it,” explains Meinir.

“Through the movement, I’ve had the chance to judge stock, sing and act and try my hand at public speaking, cookery and even sheep shearing! I’ve gained the confidence to perform and present on stage and take part in competitions that I would never have dreamt of entering if it weren’t for the club.”

Meinir has a flock of Balwen sheep that she exhibits in shows.

Viewers who saw the Seren Bethlehem series on S4C will recognise her as the actress who played Mary in the nativity production at Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire. She also performs as one half of a singing duo in venues throughout Wales.

She’ s excited for the big moment when she presents her first television piece – a fascinating story about sheep scanning in Llansannan, near Denbigh, North Wales.

“I’m quite nervous, I must admit – but I’ve had a great deal of help from the crew at Telesgôp and there’s no better way to live than to live out in the country and produce high-quality produce that farmers should be proud of!” she adds.

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