A well-known veterinary surgeon who accepted the advice of his daughter is now thanking his lucky stars after winning a magnificent new trailer.
And Dr Robert Ellis will be happy to allow his daughter Jessica, who is also a vet, to use the trailer as it was she who persuaded him to enter the competition on Ffermio, the popular S4C farming and countryside series.
Top prize in the competition was a 12’ cattle trailer worth £4,956 provided by Ifor Williams Trailers.
Dr Ellis, from Abergwesyn, near Llanwrtyd Wells, was presented with it at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Winter Fair in Llanelwedd.
Second prize went to Carmarthenshire farmer Aelwyn Evans of Caegwyn, Harford, Llanwrda, who won a new horsebox, worth £4,656. Smallholder Haydn Young, from Llannefydd, near Denbigh, was presented with P6E trailer worth £804 for coming third.
Dr Ellis has been in private practice in Llanwrtyd for 37 years but also farms 470 hectares on the Black Mountains. Having let the land for many years he is now spending more time farming and plans to build up his flock of sheep. As a vet he specialises in treating horses and he himself has 30 Shetland Ponies.
“The trailer is going to be extremely useful. I rarely enter competitions, and I think the most I’ve won is a bottle of wine. But I am delighted now that my daughter persuaded me to enter,” said Dr Ellis.
The Ffermio competition began in September and each week competitors were asked to answer a question, the first letters of the answers making up a secret word.
“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 trailers are part and parcel of country life, visible everywhere you go. Ifor Williams’ longstanding reputation for high quality manufacturing is the reason why we seek their support every year,” said Elin Rhys, Managing Director of Telesgop, the production company responsible for the Ffermio series.
Llion Roberts, from Ifor Williams Trailers, said they were 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.