Meirion and Ann Jones have devoted over forty years to developing their 700 acre hill farm, Ty Llwyd near Llanwrda in Carmarthenshire, which has been in the family for three generations.
As grass has continued to grow over the winter, it is important to take steps to preserve sward quality and ensure better silage.
Farmers and foresters from all sectors are urged to keep up to date with the latest innovation and technologies by attending the wide range of knowledge transfer events which will be provided through Farming Connect’s new demonstration network.
Thousands of farmers and foresters have now registered for the new Farming Connect Programme which was launched last autumn.
Do you need to take your farm or forestry business forward in a new strategic direction?
With pig prices in some instances below the cost of production, pig farmers are being urged to maximise outputs to make up for losses elsewhere.
Farmers and foresters registered with the new Farming Connect programme can apply online for up to 80% funding for short, accredited training courses available through ‘Invest in Skills & Mentoring’, Farming Connect’s new and enhanced lifelong learning and development programme.
Farming Connect held a series of ewe nutrition events in February focusing on meeting the ewe’s needs and maximising lamb performance, minimising lamb losses and managing ewes in different levels of body condition.
Farming Connect will be hosting an EID roadshow where farmers can receive guidance on the latest changes to EID legislation and an overview on how to report sheep movements online.
ARE you a fan of all things technical? Do you like to keep up to date with the latest innovations and developments in farming technology? Or do you work with new technologies? If so, the Farming Connect Agri Lab wants to hear from you.
Farming Connect’s new inter-active skills and mentoring package, ‘Invest in Skills and Mentoring’, which will be delivered by Lantra Wales, is a key component of the new programme.
Menter a Busnes has begun its search for candidates for this year’s Agri-Academy. The window for applications is now open and will close on 1 April 2016.
The ambitious new Farming Connect programme is designed to help further modernise and professionalise the farming and forestry industries in Wales.
Farming Connect’s pioneering new initiative ‘Venture’, will provide support for those seeking a route into farming in Wales.
Farmers and foresters throughout Wales are signing up for Farming Connect’s new Advisory Service.
On Thursday 28 January, the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans attended the National Plant Phenomics Centre at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in Gogerddan to officially launch the European Innovation Partnership for Agricu ...
The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans will officially launch Farming Connect’s prestigious personal development programme, the Agri Academy, when she attends the Farmers’ Union of Wales annual farmhouse breakfast at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on 26 January.
Finding a way into farming can be a daunting prospect if you or your partner doesn’t have a farming family background, or if the family business isn’t of sufficient scale to support a new incomer.
Could this be your chance to share valuable life lessons and experience with others and ‘give back’ to the Welsh agri-industry?
Farmers and foresters registered with the new Farming Connect programme can now apply online for up to 80% funding for short, accredited training courses available through ‘Invest in Skills & Mentoring’, Farming Connect’s new and enhanced lifelong learning and development programme.
Farming Connect’s new inter-active skills package, ‘Invest in Skills and Mentoring’ focuses strongly on continuous personal development and e-learning in addition to offering accredited training courses across a wide range of topics and practical skills.
Are you interested in increasing the competitiveness, profitability or long-term sustainability of your farm or forestry business?
Lifelong learning, being open to innovative new ideas and knowledge exchange is the accepted norm when it comes to running a profitable business.
For online registration and more information on the new programme visit our new website www.gov.wales/farmingconnect.
Provided support to 23,400 individuals through one to one subsidised services, or via farming connect events.
The James family of Upper Black Hill farm in Dolfor, near Newtown describe themselves as a traditional family farm partnership, yet their approach to expansion and improving efficiency within their business is progressive and effective. They took advantage of a Glastir entry contract in 2014.
Farming Connect will be introducing a new integrated programme of knowledge transfer and innovation support in October 2015 which will focus on improving the competitiveness and profitability of farm and forestry businesses in Wales.
Since becoming a Farming Connect demonstration farm, a lot of management decisions and changes that have taken place at Bodrida, Brynsiencyn are linked with efficient grass utilisation.
Grassland allocation and management of feedstocks need careful planning to ensure optimum flock performance.
Increasing grass utilisation through a system of rotational grazing would allow Welsh sheep farmers to grow more grass.
Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp initiative has played a key role in nurturing a series of farm diversifications which have created twenty new jobs in north Pembrokeshire.
During early September, Farming Connect will be hosting two demonstration farm events that will be held at Frowen, Whitland and Ochor, Tregaron focusing on pre-tupping management and lamb finishing options.
Two successful retail businesses in Fishguard town centre, including a family farm shop and delicatessen have been developed as a result of entrepreneurial drive and assistance from Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp programme.
Farming Connect will be hosting a series of farm walks focusing on methods of extending the grazing season. Following recent low milk prices, alternative management strategies need to be explored to reduce feed costs.
Farming Connect, in conjunction with Meat Promotion Wales, will be hosting a range of meetings throughout August which will offer farmers the opportunity of discussing current beef and lamb markets.
Menter a Busnes, one of Wales’ leading independent economic development companies, has been awarded a new framework to deliver an integrated programme of knowledge transfer and innovation support for agriculture and forestry businesses in Wales.
“The day passed all my expectations and I came away feeling extremely motivated,” was the view of farmer Polly Davies from the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the fifty delegates who attended Farming Connect’s Women in Agriculture forum held at the iconic National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne la ...
A series of events have been held throughout Wales in recent months in order to share the results and findings of the Farming Connect Farmer Innovation Fund projects, which came to a close in April 2015.
Farming Connect staff look forward to seeing you in the Lantra building (Avenue K) at this year's Royal Welsh Show (July 20-23).
A livestock farmer says lessons learned from a series of projects carried out at his Farming Connect Demonstration Farm are helping to inform decisions that will make his business more efficient and profitable.
“During the current Agrisgôp programme, renewable energy generation has been an extremely popular topic for discussion, research and development within many Agrisgôp groups.
Three new or expanded retail businesses including a butcher’s shop and deli expansion in Fishguard and a café and shop in Mathry have been developed in Pembrokeshire as a result of entrepreneurial drive and Agrisgôp assistance, creating six new jobs with more expected.
Members of Farming Connect Agrisgôp groups from across Wales were congratulated on their achievements by Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans, when she recently attended a celebratory event held at the Royal Welsh Showground.
Visit Farming Connect in the Lantra Building at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, which will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground from July 20–23.
A conference in north Wales brought together 100 women who play leading roles in farming businesses and the wider rural economy.
The search continues to find the ‘best of the best’ exhibitors to showcase their products or services in this year’s Tomorrow, Today exhibition which will be held in the Green Pavilion at next month’s Royal Welsh Show. The deadline for applications is now 1st July 2015.
Visit Farming Connect in the Lantra Building at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, which will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground from July 20 -23.
“An excellent event which passed all expectations,” was the general consensus from more than fifty women who attended Farming Connect’s recent Women in Agriculture forum, held at the iconic National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne last week.
Farming Connect will be hosting a project update day at Gelli Aur College Farm, Llandeilo, SA32 8NJ on the 23rd June at 10:30am.
Days to slaughter is the biggest driver of profit in a commercial lamb enterprise, and maximizing performance from grass is vital.