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George Hughes - NSA Ram Sales Founder

One of the great drivers of the modern UK sheep industry, George Hughes MBE, has passed away.

Photographer Arvid Parry Jones, George Hughes and Farmers Guardian correspondent Barry Alston at
Aberystwyth Show where George had been judging.

Tom Armstrong & Matt Bell

His lasting legacy is the NSA Wales and Border Ram Sale, which remains the biggest in Europe, but his wide ranging personal commitment and unstinting dedication made him directly responsible for enormous benefits to the industry, to the quality of breeding sheep, and to the consumer. His foresight, leadership, enthusiasm, and flair have helped to improve financial returns to Welsh sheep farmers and to the rural economy.

Mr Hughes had been an active Chairman of the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales since he helped to found it more than thirty years ago. It is the largest of its kind in Europe, has a turnover of around two million pounds and makes a considerable contribution to the economy of Mid Wales.

George Hughes enjoyed a lifelong involvement with the Welsh Sheep industry, particularly through producer led marketing of high quality breeding sheep. He was a keen supporter of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, having served as Director of Sheep at the Royal Welsh Show and as Chairman of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

He was a former Chairman of the NSA Council and a longstanding Vice President. A judge at more than 130 shows, including 12 Royals, he received the Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Award, the George Hedley Memorial and the John Gittins Memorial Trophy.

He was an influential chairman of the Welsh Halfbred Society and helped to establish the Welsh Mule Association. His time and commitment was always given on a voluntary basis and this was recognised in the New Years Honours 2006 when he was made an MBE.

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