FARMERS are being invited to compete for the Royal Welsh buildings award.

Many have erected innovative buildings to modernise systems of housing livestock or to manage the treatment and storage of cereal crops.

Traditional farm buildings have also been adapted to changing systems and new technologies without damaging appearance.

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s farm buildings and works competition is held in a different Welsh county each year.

This year it is the turn of Breconshire, the feature county at the 2012 Royal Welsh Show, to compete for the Peniarth Estate Silver Trowel.

The chosen theme is the building, or buildings, which best incorporate 21st century farming needs. Judges will look for the integration of new buildings within the existing farmstead.

They will look for the use of materials from other industries adapted for use on the farm and to reduce pollution.

Entries close on March 23 and although schemes submitted must be in Breconshire, the owner may live elsewhere.

Four farms will go forward for final assessment and will be visited by the judges in May.

For information, call Sam Davies on 01982 554425.