Wales YFC junior member of the year 2021
Agri Academy 2020
Lantra Land-based Learner of the Year 2019
Elin Orrells is a first-year student at Aberystwyth University, studying Agriculture. Welsh-speaker Elin lives at home on a mixed arable and livestock family farm in Montgomeryshire.
She enjoys helping out with all the stock, assists with the farm paperwork and has undertaken numerous courses to enable her to drive ATVs and other farm machinery and equipment safely. Her most recent adventure took her to Carlisle to buy two pedigree Limousin heifers which she hopes to AI and start her own small Limousin herd.
Actively involved at both club and county level with the YFC, she has participated in numerous competitions, particularly enjoying street dancing competitions and also public speaking, representing Montgomeryshire at a national competition.
A ‘Silver Sports Young Ambassador’ Elin has coached pupils of all ages in a range of sports and helped organise various sporting events at school to encourage pupil participation. Her willingness to ‘get involved with anything and everything’ both in the YFC and her local community, contributed to two of her proudest moments. In 2019, Elin won the Lantra Land-based Learner of the Year award and in 2021 she was awarded Wales YFC’s Junior Member of the Year.
“I loved being part of the Agri Academy Junior programme and learned so much from industry professionals and the many other ambitious young farmers I met and who I keep in touch with.
“The Agri Academy helped us all focus on what we as young people can do to help secure a viable future for agriculture at this important time as the industry prepares for a future which has now changed so much because of Brexit, the pandemic and the world’s increasing focus on environmental issues.”