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Sharing the workload, reducing the pressure – the rewards of a joint venture

Sharing the workload, reducing the pressure – the rewards of a joint venture

31/03/16
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.
 
Preserving sward quality for 2016 silage success

Preserving sward quality for 2016 silage success

31/03/16
As grass has continued to grow over the winter, it is important to take steps to preserve sward quality and ensure better silage.
 
New demonstration network – promoting best practice and innovation

New demonstration network – promoting best practice and innovation

31/03/16
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.
 
Farming Connect registrations on the increase

Farming Connect registrations on the increase

31/03/16
Thousands of farmers and foresters have now registered for the new Farming Connect Programme which was launched last autumn.
 
Farming Connect launches new fully subsidised mentoring service

Farming Connect launches new fully subsidised mentoring service

31/03/16
Do you need to take your farm or forestry business forward in a new strategic direction?
 
Reducing pre-weaning mortality rates in pig production systems

Reducing pre-weaning mortality rates in pig production systems

29/03/16
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.
 
Applying for funding for approved Farming Connect training courses? Second online application window for 2016 opens on 1 April

Applying for funding for approved Farming Connect training courses? Second online application window for 2016 opens on 1 April

29/03/16
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.
 
Incorporating undegradable protein into ewes' winter diet helps cut Mid Wales farmers feed costs

Incorporating undegradable protein into ewes' winter diet helps cut Mid Wales farmer's feed costs

16/03/16
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 EID Roadshow

Farming Connect EID Roadshow

09/02/16
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.
 
Farming Connect’s new Agri Lab Forum – calling all techies!

Farming Connect’s new Agri Lab Forum – calling all techies!

04/02/16
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.
 
Invest in skills and mentoring – continual professional development

Invest in skills and mentoring – continual professional development

04/02/16
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.
 
Farming Connect Agri Academy 2016

Farming Connect Agri-Academy 2016

04/02/16
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.
 
Farming Connect – are you registered for the new programme?

Farming Connect – are you registered for the new programme?

04/02/16
The ambitious new Farming Connect programme is designed to help further modernise and professionalise the farming and forestry industries in Wales.
 
‘Venture’ initiative will match landowners with those seeking a route into farming

‘Venture’ initiative will match landowners with those seeking a route into farming

04/02/16
Farming Connect’s pioneering new initiative ‘Venture’, will provide support for those seeking a route into farming in Wales.
 
Farming Connect Advisory Service – strategic business planning and technical advice

Farming Connect Advisory Service – strategic business planning and technical advice

03/02/16
Farmers and foresters throughout Wales are signing up for Farming Connect’s new Advisory Service.
 
European Innovation Partnership – supporting innovation in agriculture and forestry in Wales

European Innovation Partnership – supporting innovation in agriculture and forestry in Wales

28/01/16
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 ...
 
Farming Connect Agri Academy 2016 – the search starts for the next generation of rural leaders and entrepreneurs

Farming Connect Agri Academy 2016 – the search starts for the next generation of rural leaders and entrepreneurs

22/01/16
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.
 
‘Venture’ – the new Farming Connect initiative

‘Venture’ – the new Farming Connect initiative

18/01/16
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.
 
Farming Connect is looking for farmers and foresters to become mentors!

Farming Connect is looking for farmers and foresters to become mentors!

08/01/16
Could this be your chance to share valuable life lessons and experience with others and ‘give back’ to the Welsh agri-industry?
 
Applying for funding for approved Farming Connect training courses – first online application window for 2016 open now

Applying for funding for approved Farming Connect training courses – first online application window for 2016 open now

06/01/16
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.
 
Develop skills, knowledge and business management capability with support from Farming Connect

Develop skills, knowledge and business management capability with support from Farming Connect

18/12/15
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.  
 
One-to-one surgeries – putting you on track for a more sustainable future

One-to-one surgeries – putting you on track for a more sustainable future

19/11/15
Are you interested in increasing the competitiveness, profitability or long-term sustainability of your farm or forestry business?
 
Farming Connect . . . give yourself a competitive edge

Farming Connect . . . give yourself a competitive edge

19/11/15
Lifelong learning, being open to innovative new ideas and knowledge exchange is the accepted norm when it comes to running a profitable business.
 
Farming Connect - the new programme

Farming Connect - the new programme

19/11/15
For online registration and more information on the new programme visit our new website www.gov.wales/farmingconnect.
 
Since the start of the programme in 2007 Farming Connect has . . .

Since the start of the programme in 2007 Farming Connect has . . .

02/10/15
Provided support to 23,400 individuals through one to one subsidised services, or via farming connect events.
 
Forward planning and improving efficiency pay dividends

Forward planning and improving efficiency pay dividends

02/10/15
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 – new programme of support for farmers and foresters

Farming Connect – new programme of support for farmers and foresters

02/10/15
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.
 
Demo Farm Focus: Bodrida

Demo Farm Focus: Bodrida

28/09/15
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 and crop management for minimal purchased feeds under the spotlight at Brotherhill Farm event

Grassland and crop management for minimal purchased feeds under the spotlight at Brotherhill Farm event

17/09/15
Grassland allocation and management of feedstocks need careful planning to ensure optimum flock performance.
 
Rotational grazing demonstration for sheep farmers

Rotational grazing demonstration for sheep farmers

11/09/15
Increasing grass utilisation through a system of rotational grazing would allow Welsh sheep farmers to grow more grass.
 
Deputy Minister for Farming and Food congratulates three Pembrokeshire farm businesses that have created twenty new jobs

Deputy Minister congratulates three Pembrokeshire farm businesses that have created 20 new jobs

03/09/15
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.
 
Pre-tupping management takes centre stage at South West Wales Demonstration Farms

Pre-tupping management takes centre stage at South West Wales Demonstration Farms

02/09/15
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.
 
Deputy Minister will meet successful Pembrokeshire families supported by Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp programme

Deputy Minister will meet successful Pembrokeshire families supported by Farming Connect’s Agrisgôp programme

24/08/15
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.
 
Extending the grazing season: Late season grass

Extending the grazing season: Late season grass

06/08/15
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.
 
Red Meat Outlook with Farming Connect and Meat Promotion Wales

Red Meat Outlook with Farming Connect and Meat Promotion Wales

27/07/15
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.
 
Farming Connect – new delivery model will provide enhanced, fully integrated support service for agriculture and forestry businesses in Wales

Farming Connect - new delivery model will provide enhanced, fully integrated support service for agriculture and forestry businesses in Wales

22/07/15
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.
 
Women in agriculture . . . inspired, motivated and empowered

Women in agriculture . . . inspired, motivated and empowered

15/07/15
“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 ...
 
Farmer Innovation Fund 2014/5 - Sharing knowledge transfer outcomes

Farmer Innovation Fund 2014/5 - Sharing knowledge transfer outcomes

15/07/15
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.
 
Efficiency and profitability key themes for Farming Connect at the Royal Welsh Show

Efficiency and profitability key themes for Farming Connect at the Royal Welsh Show

15/07/15
Farming Connect staff look forward to seeing you in the Lantra building (Avenue K) at this year's Royal Welsh Show (July 20-23).
 
Demo Farm Focus: Hafod y Maidd

Demo Farm Focus: Hafod y Maidd

15/07/15
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.
 
Agrisgôp Case Study - renewable energy

Agrisgôp Case Study - renewable energy

15/07/15
“During the current Agrisgôp programme, renewable energy generation has been an extremely popular topic for discussion, research and development within many Agrisgôp groups.
 
Agrisgôp Case Study - Boosting Pembrokeshire’s rural economy

Agrisgôp Case Study - Boosting Pembrokeshire’s rural economy

15/07/15
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.
 
Agrisgôp . . . changing mindsets

Agrisgôp . . . changing mindsets

15/07/15
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.
 
News in brief

News in brief

15/07/15
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.
 
Welsh farming women are being urged to become the architects of change

Welsh farming women are being urged to become the architects of change

29/06/15
A conference in north Wales brought together 100 women who play leading roles in farming businesses and the wider rural economy.
 
Have you developed an innovative agri-product or service which will benefit our industry?

Have you developed an innovative agri-product? This year’s Tomorrow Today exhibition at the Royal Welsh Show is the perfect place to showcase smart solutions for a smart industry!

29/06/15
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.
 
Royal Welsh Show

Royal Welsh Show

25/06/15
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.
 
Deputy Minister highlights the role of women in agriculture

Deputy Minister highlights the role of women in agriculture

25/06/15
“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. 
 
Turning pasture to profit

Project Update Day at Gelli Aur

17/06/15
Farming Connect will be hosting a project update day at Gelli Aur College Farm, Llandeilo, SA32 8NJ on the 23rd June at 10:30am.
 
Turning pasture to profit

Turning pasture to profit

16/06/15
Days to slaughter is the biggest driver of profit in a commercial lamb enterprise, and maximizing performance from grass is vital.