After attracting farmers from across Wales to participate in Fferm Factor: Brwydr y Ffermwyr this year the ex-contestants team beat rivals, Gareth’s Team from Anglesey, in a memorable final which was broadcast tonight (Wednesday, December 2) on S4C. The winning team was made up of former contestants of the popular agricultural competition - Rhodri Jones from Llanuwchllyn, Rhys Williams from Tywyn near Aberdovey and Heilin Thomas from Llandysul - with two of them former semi-finalists in previous years.
The winners were announced by presenter Farm Factor, Ifan Jones Evans, at a special ceremony in front of hundreds including family and friends of the teams at the Winter Fair in Builth Wells on Monday. Winning team captain, Rhodri, 37, who runs a beef and sheep farm in Llanuwchllyn, took part in the first series back in 2009. He’s delighted that his team came up on top.
Rhodri said: "It couldn’t be anything but a very special feeling. We had to win this time round. It’s proved that we were not quite as bad as people thought and nobody has lost twice on Farm Factor!"
Rhys, 36, who manages a 700-acre beef and sheep farm at Tywyn, was a semi-finalist in the 2013 series. But that didn’t calm the nerves before the final.
He said: "I was nervous all day before we found out who had won – but thankfully it went the right way for us. “Gareth team were very good but we clicked as a team and as the three of us have competed before, none of us wanted to lose.”
Heilin, 28, reached the semi-final in 2011. He works on a family sheep and beef farm in Ceredigion. "It hasn’t sunk in yet," adds Heilin. "But I am so glad that we have come out of the competition with the title."
Before the winners were announced, both teams had to face a final three challenges and seize the opportunity to please the three judges -Richard Tudor a sheep farmer from Ceredigion, agricultural lecturer Wyn Morgan originally from Carmarthenshire and marketing expert Caryl Gruffudd Roberts from Conwy Valley - as well as special guest judges - Dai Miles, Managing Director of ‘Calon Wen’ and Chief Executive of ‘Hybu Cig Cymru’ - Gwyn Howells.
The champions took home a brand new Isuzu D-Max Yukon worth over £20,000 and free insurance from FUW Insurance Services as well as a special edition Fferm Ffactor cufflinks made by Gwynedd jeweller, Beth Jarvis.
Rhodri adds: "It has been an adventure and a pleasure to work with Heilin and Rhys. We've stood and pulled together as a team and, fortunately, we didn’t fall as a team. The other two are sure to get a Christmas card from me this year.A big congratulations to all the teams that took part in this year’s series and many htnkas to everyone who has benn involved with the making of another successfull series. We look forward to recieve team names for next year’s series –please visit www.s4c.cymru/ffermffactor.”