Farming Connect looks to expand it’s network of farmer mentors

The Farming Connect mentoring programme has been running for two years
and over 100 farmers and foresters have already used the service,
totalling over 750 hours of peer to peer support. To address growing
demand, the search is on for farmers who have experience of farm
diversification, family succession and health and safety in particular.

Candidates must have at least 15 years’ experience of running a farm
business in...

High-flying Nuffield Scholar to lead Farming Connect Agri Academy Junior Programme

HE'S a chartered surveyor and rural valuer, a Nuffield scholar, a

local radio presenter and in agricultural circles, he’s in demand at

home and internationally as a public speaker too!

Now, Carmarthenshire farmer’s son Aled Rhys Jones BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV NSch, who grew up on

the family beef and sheep holding in Cwrt-y-Cadno, is adding yet another

string to his bow by joining Farming Connect as the newly appointed

leader of the Agri Academy Junior Programme.

Welsh speaker Aled,...

North Pembrokeshire farmer steals top Big Bale silage award for 2017-18

THIS years All-Wales Big Bale competition winner is mark Evans, Treglemais Fawr, Solva, Haverfordwest, a member of North Pembrokeshire Grassland Society.

The competition, sponsored by BPI Agriculture (Silotite) is becoming a very sought after award, and this year’s competition was no exception. After long deliberation, all three judges - Dr Dave Davies of Silage Solutions; Stuart Anthony (sponsors); and Paul Williams, Cae Haidd, Nebo, Llanrwst (2016/17 winner), were in unison that Mark...

Glamorgan Beef and Sheep Business takes top Silage Clamp Award

THE 2017/18 FWGS ALL-WALES CLAMP SILAGE COMPETITION winner is Glamorgan Grassland Society Secretary CHRIS EDWARDS OF R D EDWARDS & SON, PWLLYWRACH FARM, COLWINSTON, COWBRIDGE.

The Judging Panel agreed that Pwllywrach Farm as a whole package, is well managed within a very tidy system. Whilst the analyses on the quality of the silage (tested by Agri-Lloyd) is important, the judges also visit each farm to assess clamp management and feeding practices amongst other efficiency...

Hamilton calls for better broadband access for farmers

NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales, has added his voice to calls for better access to broadband and mobile technology for Welsh farmers.

NFU Cymru, are worried that farmers are being treated as ‘second class citizens’ when it comes to access and is calling for more to be done to put this right.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, is demanding action after the findings of the annual NFU Broadband and Mobile Survey, showed...

AM welcomes new farming initiatives

NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales, has welcomed two new initiatives aimed at helping develop the next generation of farmers.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, was commenting after the Welsh Government announced financial support for young people looking to establish a business in agriculture.

The Young People into Agriculture Scheme, will help high achieving individuals looking to establish a new business or to develop an...

One to one advice for online services available

ARRANGED at locations throughout Wales, you can book an hour-long, completely confidential, one-to-one appointment with a member of the Farm Liaison Service team who will provide you with support and guidance on relevant online farm business services.

During this surgery, you will be able to receive guidance on various online services such as The Welsh Government Website as well as Rural Payments Wales (RPW) online.

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One to one advice to be made available on farm records

ARE you making the most of the online services available?

Arranged at locations throughout Wales, you can book an hour-long, completely confidential, one-to-one appointment with a member of the Farm Liaison Service team who will provide you with support and guidance on relevant online farm business services.

During this surgery, you will be able to receive...

Young Powys farmer is sharpening his skills with support from Farming Connect

AGRICULTURAL engineering graduate Aled Jones (25) is the third generation to farm at Dolyfelin, an upland farm near Builth Wells, where he combines working full time alongside his parents with his seasonal work as a contract shearer.

The 400 acre beef and sheep holding has about 800 mainly Lleyn cross Cheviot ewes with 200 followers, together with a herd of South Devon beef cattle. In addition, Aled farms his own 50 acre holding just a few...

Nathan Brew gets dirty on Fferm Ffactor

FORMER rugby star Nathan Brew was among the group of Welsh celebrities who had a "swill" time down on the farm with the help of Europe's largest trailer marker.

Nathan, who is Head of Commercial at the Llanelli-based Scarlets where he also played for one season, was among the stars of music, sport, drama and broadcasting took nothing for "grunted" as they tried not to make a pig's ear out of a challenge in the latest series of the...